Scalexio Training

Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation makes it possible to test new ECUs and software in a largely virtual environment throughout the entire development cycle, without real vehicles or prototypes. The idea is to connect real ECU prototypes to real-time models of the vehicle and its mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and electronic components. This allows systematic and fully automated testing of the ECU and the entire electronic vehicle system.

This course uses the dSPACE SCALEXIO technology to demonstrate which hardware components you need to integrate in order to customize and extend a simulator so that it matches your requirements. Step by step, you will learn the idea behind HIL simulations and the potential they offer.

Please note: ControlDesk and AutomationDesk are not covered by this course. If you want to learn about the extensive and powerful method of automated testing in combination with ECU diagnostics, fault simulation, and report generation, we recommend to book this course in conjunction with the AutomationDesk courses.


  • Engineers who want to use a SCALEXIO system.
  • Engineers who want to customize an off-the-shelf SCALEXIO system to their own requirements.
  • Required: Experience in using ControlDesk and MATLAB®/Simulink®


  • Become familiar with the SCALEXIO philosophy
  • Learn about the requirements and the capabilities of HIL
  • Plan, set up and expand a SCALEXIO system
  • Use ConfigurationDesk to describe the connected devices (ECUs, loads), assign I/O functions and hardware, and connect the I/O to the model
  • Integrate ECUs and simulate failures for diagnostic purposes

Tools and systems

  • dSPACE SCALEXIO system
  • ConfigurationDesk
  • MATLAB/Simulink
  • ControlDesk

Course Contents

  • Structure of a SCALEXIO test system
  • SCALEXIO hardware components
  • Planning and setting up an HIL project
  • Configuring and customizing a dSPACE SCALEXIO system
  • Using ConfigurationDesk to set up the simulator
  • Failure simulation
  • Engine simulation
  • Examples of signal generation and acquisition
  • Introduction to multicore and multi-processing-unit simulation with SCALEXIO


Course ControlDesk Basic

This course covers the basics of ControlDesk, so you can easily visualize and record from your experiments.

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Course AutomationDesk

Increase the productivity of your testing system by learning how to easily construct automated sequences of tests with AutomationDesk

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