New dSPACE RapidPro Modules Deliver Full Power to Support Electric Motors

Modules support the control of DC motors and stepper motors, as well as brushless motors such as BLDC motors and synchronous motors; peak currents of up to 60A and continuous 42A can be reached

Wixom, MI, Dec. 9, 2009: With two new power stage modules, dSPACE now ideally supports developers of automotive ECU functions working with electric motors in 12v and 24v applications. A typical application area for these modules is the development of components for a 24v electrical system in a commercial vehicle (e.g., for an auxiliary unit like an oil pump or a water pump). The new power stage modules are also perfect for developing comfort electronics.

The modules for the dSPACE RapidPro system, PS-HCFBD 1/2 (DS1767) and PS-HCHBD 2/2 (DS1768), can be configured entirely by software. They support the control of DC motors and stepper motors, as well as brushless motors such as BLDC motors and synchronous motors. Peak currents of up to 60A and continuous 42A can be reached. In addition, depending on the application, the flexibly configurable output stage of the PS-HCHBD 2/2 (DS1768) can be run in either low-side or high-side driver mode, for example, for valve control.

RapidPro: Compact and Vehicle-Capable

The modular, compact RapidPro hardware from dSPACE provides signal conditioning and power stages for connecting automotive sensors and actuators to dSPACE prototyping systems. In addition to new power stage modules for electric motors, several modules for various sensors and actuators are also available.

dSPACE is also continuously adding to the RapidPro range. And because RapidPro modules are easy to configure and can be combined in numerous ways, they give developers the high flexibility they need to handle changing project requirements. In other words, dSPACE customers can neatly sidestep the need to perform expensive special developments themselves. The RapidPro system is perfect for in-vehicle use, and performs equally well on a test bench and in a laboratory.

Company Profile – dSPACE

dSPACE develops and distributes tools for the development of electronic control units (ECUs) and mechatronic systems worldwide. Using dSPACE systems, manufacturers of controllers and ECUs are able to dramatically reduce their development times and costs, and systematically increase their productivity.

Whether the objective is an electronically controlled diesel injection or fuel cell vehicles, virtually all car manufacturers and many of their suppliers rely on dSPACE hardware and software in their current development projects. dSPACE tools are also used in aerospace, drives technology, medical technology, industrial automation, and other fields.

The company also provides comprehensive services from on-site user training to customer-specific system engineering such as turn-key HIL test systems.

dSPACE has more than 800 employees worldwide at its headquarters in Paderborn, in the Project Centers at Munich and Stuttgart, and in subsidiaries in France, the UK, Japan and the USA (Wixom, MI). A Representative Office is established in China, in addition to numerous distributors who provide customer support in other countries.

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