Starting an AS5643 project with little to no experience in that area can be a challenging undertaking. Especially the fact that no reference implementations are available and most companies are only involved in the development of a single sub-system makes it difficult to oversee the complete picture. In order to address these typical problems DapTechnology came up with the idea of building a demo that contains key aspects of a typical AS5643 implementation with unclassified AS5643 Slash sheets and ICDs and build upon COTS products and components.
A cross-product example
Since the demo is well defined by its AS5643 Slash sheet and Communication ICD, it is possible to have different alternative implementations for each node in the network on DapTechnology products or products from other vendors. We are in the process of adding example implementations for each of the Cockpit Demo nodes to FireSpy, FireTrac and DapTechnology OHCI cards. We have also already demonstrated a FireCore IP based implementation of this demo at the SAE meetings in May 2017.
An on-going process
The way we envision the AS5643 Cockpit demo is that it is never finished. Just like the AS5643 handbook is a work in progress to further gather real-world experiences and lessons learned, we would like to continue adding new features and demonstration aspects to this reference platform. We invite you as an end-user to provide us with any feedback or questions you have so we can incorporate that into the demo.
A reference platform
The AS5643 Cockpit Demo can not only be used for learning AS5643 technology as it is today, but it could also be used as a tool for further discussions about improvements to the existing AS5643 specification. DapTechnology has a firmware or software IP implementation for each layer from PHY and Link all the way up to higher-level software so that any possible changes to the AS5643 specification could be tested before finalized.