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For development and testing in the laboratory, on the test bench and in the vehicle
High-performance rapid control prototyping
Designed for transmission applications
Designed for gasoline, diesel, gas and hydrogen engine control
As a vehicle control unit, hybrid control unit or chassis control unit

High performance and flexibility for protoyping

The PROtroniC TopLINE functions as an engine, transmission or vehicle control unit. It offers the degrees of freedom and computing power of a development control unit. The development results can be reused later in series production.

Seamless from prototyping phase to series production development

The PROtroniC TopLINE significantly accelerates the development of mechatronic systems. Long before the production ECU is available, new solutions can be tested and secured quickly and easily with the flexibly adaptable prototyping control unit.

Customers work with a model-based tool-chain that is also suitable for series development — thus creating a seamless transition from the prototyping phase to series development and getting ideas quicker on the road.

PROtroniC TopLINE by Schaeffler Engineering
PROtroniC TopLINE by Schaeffler Engineering

4 good reasons for the PROtroniC TopLINE

The PROtroniC TopLINE convinces with internal and external values that provide developers with clear benefits for their daily work.

1. Integrated power stage outputs and signal conditioning

  • For all versions of the PROtroniC TopLINE

2. Customized HW / SW solutions for specific applications

  • State-of-the-art FPGA technology for a software-based, quick, and easy configuration of the I/Os according to the specific applications with a Windows™‑tool
  • Adjustment of the offered hardware modules for customer specific applications

3. "Safety on Board" concept to unite RCP and functional safety

  • A multilevel monitoring concept for developing application-specific safety functions in the prototyping system
  • Use of development tools that are approved for development according to ISO 26262

4. Seamless tool-chain from design to series production

  • Development environment of the PROtroniC TopLINE based on tools used in the automobile industry for prototyping and series developments
  • Supporting different code generators and different measurement as well as calibration tools

As part of our projects, we as a research institute enter "new automotive territory" on a daily basis. In addition to maintaining sufficient hardware reserves, this requires a maximum degree of flexibility in order to meet the challenges of tomorrow with confidence. Whether in function development or the investigation and application of new hardware components, PROtroniC is the ideal tool for us to reach our goal effectively and reliably.

PROtroniC TopLINE as engine, transmission or universal control unit

For engine applications

This variant is designed for the development of classic combustion engines (gasoline, diesel, gas engines) as well as of alternative drives.

For transmission applications

Thanks to a VC module for the control of transmission valves, this variant is specially designed for transmission applications (classic or electrified).

For vehicle applications

As a universal control unit, this variant can be used as a vehicle control unit (VCU), hybrid control unit (HCU) or chassis control unit (CCU).

The PROtroniC TopLINE EMU from Schaeffler Engineering used at ABT Sportsline enables efficient pre-development of new vehicle systems and functionalities. In addition, the PROtroniC TopLINE offers versatile interfaces for analyzing these systems, enabling us to optimally implement internal and external requirements.

High-performance in rapid control prototyping

Details of the PROtroniC TopLINE at a glance

Modular, different sensor and actuator modules available
Robust, compact and completely automotive-proven
Ethernet, FlexRay, CAN, LVDS, LIN and XCP on Ethernet
I/O stages
Comprehensive analog and digital I/Os
Power output stages
Extensive number of flexible, software-configurable power stage outputs
Adjustments through FPGA technology
281 mm x 86 mm x 250 mm (W x H x L)

Seamless from design to production

In order to simplify the everyday work with the PROtroniC, its development environment is based on the widespread tools used in the automobile industry. In this way, developers not only have the possibility to freely select the code generator, but also the existing measurement and application tools.

1. Model-based function development

Graphic modeling of the control functions with

  • Simulink®
  • Stateflow®

2. Offline simulations

Testing and optimization of draft functions against a controlled system through offline simulations at the computer with

  • Simulink®
  • Stateflow®

3. Hardware mapping

A link between the inputs and outputs of the function model and the PROtroniC control unit via an application controller interface for

  • Simulink®

4. Auto code generation

Automatic generation of efficient series codes and, if required, with

  • TargetLink®
  • Embedded Coder™

5. Validation

  • Download of the generated software via the supplied boot loader
  • Testing and verification of new functions on the test bench, in the vehicle or via hardware-in-the-loop simulation

6. Measurement & Application

Fine-tuning and measurement of the control software with

  • MARC I
  • INCA
  • CANape

Maximum flexibility and at the same time excellent manageability: With the PROtroniC TopLINE we use, it is possible to easily test and analyze new control strategies and functional logic in real engine operation. Schaeffler Engineering’s support for all questions relating to engine control and the functional framework is exemplary.

3-level monitoring concept for developing application-specific safety functions

The PROtroniC development control unit from Schaeffler Engineering was used in the development and testing of a test fleet of vehicles with fuel cell technology. Due to the limited installation space, special requirements were placed on the compactness of the prototyping control unit. The integrated signal conditioning and power output stages made it possible to meet the requirements for installation space. The necessary number of inputs and outputs for the complex application could also be provided. In order to be able to drive the vehicles on public roads, a multi-level safety concept was developed and integrated together with the BWM Group.

The "Safety on Board" concept at a glance:

  • A multi-stage monitoring system guarantees the realization of user-specific safety functions during prototyping
  • Only development tools are used that are compatible with ISO 26262
  • Enables the conception of safety-related functions in a model-based development environment
  • Supports the realization of user-specific safety functions already during prototyping
  • Helps to build an optimal system safety for fleet and road tests
  • Offers one tool chain for everything – from prototyping to series production

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