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DS1006 Processor Board

Computing power for complex real-time models

The DS1006 Processor Board is dSPACE's flagship for high-end real-time applications. The DS1006 is designed for calculating complex, precisely detailed simulation models that require enormous computing power. The processing power and I/O capacity can be boosted even further by linking up to 20 DS1006 Processor Boards in a multiprocessor system.

At A Glance

Modular Hardware Concept

The DS1006 Processor Board is one of dSPACE’s processor boards that form the heart of dSPACE’s modular hardware (the others being the DS1005 PPC Board and the DS1007 PPC Processor Board). It provides the computing power for your real-time system and also functions as an interface to the I/O boards and the host PC. The DS1006 is directly connectable to all dSPACE I/O boards via PHS bus.


Key Benefits

The DS1006 processor board is our flagship for very complex, large, and processing-intensive models – for example, for powertrain and virtual vehicle simulations. The board is built around the AMD Opteron™, x86-compatible 64-bit server multi-core processor. It provides 512 kB of L2 cache per core and 6 MB of shared L3 cache. The DS1006 also has 1 GB of local memory for executing real-time models, 128 MB of global memory per core for exchanging data with the host PC, and 2 MB of on-board boot flash memory, plus an optional application flash memory on a compact flash card for automatic, host-independent booting of real-time applications. 

Multicore Processor for More Computing Power

You can set up a multiprocessor system by using the individual cores of the multicore processor, and assign the I/O boards easily by graphical programming via RTI-MP. With the possibility for parallel computing and a high performance data exchange between the cores, the DS1006 multicore board speeds up all your applications.

Multiprocessor Setup

If you need even more performance, you can build a multiprocessor system by connecting several DS1006 boards via an additional optical interface. Synchronization between the boards is guaranteed, since interrupts can be sent to other processor boards via hardware, with minimal latencies.

Technical Details




  • Quad-core AMD Opteron™ processor, 2.8 GHz
  • 4 x 64 kB L1 data cache, 4 x 64 kB L1 instruction cache, 4 x 512 kB L2 cache, 6 MB L3 cache


  • 1 GB DDR2-800 SDRAM local memory for the application and dynamic application data
  • 4 x 128 MB DDR2-267 SDRAM global memory for host data exchange
  • 2 MB onboard boot flash memory for boot firmware
  • Application flash memory on compact flash card (accessible via ControlDesk®). The capacity depends on the card.


  • For each core: 3 general-purpose timers
  • Synchronous time base unit (STBU) for multiprocessor systems

Interrupt controller

  • For each core: one interrupt controller with 18 different interrupt sources
  • The interrupt sources of the connected I/O boards can be handled from each core via internal Gigalinks.


Serial interface

  • RS232 interface with standard UART allowing transfer rates of up to 115.2 Kbaud


Connection to I/O boards

  • PHS++-bus interface
  • 32-bit I/O bus for modular I/O configuration
  • Peak transfer rate 20 MB/s, up to 30 MB/s for new I/O boards
  • Up to 64 PHS-bus interrupts

Host interface

  • One full-size 16-bit ISA slot required
  • Interface via eight 16-bit I/O ports (ISA bus)

Multiprocessor system

  • Building multiprocessor systems with further DS1006 Processor Boards
  • Up to 20 DS1006 Processor Boards
  • Up to 4 high-speed links via one DS911 Gigalink Module on each DS1006
  • Possible cable length of up to 100 m

Physical characteristics

Physical size

  • 340 x 125 x 15 mm (13.4 x 4.9 x 0.6 in)


Ambient temperature

  • 0 ... 40 °C (32 ... 104 °F)



  • Active cooling (fan)


Power supply

  • ISA bus:
  • +5 V ±5%, 2.0 A (without DS911)
  • +5 V ±5%, 3.0 A (with DS911 as of module revision 2.0)
  • +12 V ±5%, 1.5 A
  • CPU power connector: +5 V ±5%, 20 A