The development of a Fault Injection Unit made in Kineton announced at the beginning of 2021 (blog post Kineton FIU Board) led to a period of exciting research and development both HW and SW in the Kineton laboratories, which brought to the end of this year full of innovations, to the birth of our new product: the K-EFI.
The Kineton Electrical Fault Injection is a useful device in the test and validation phase and can be interposed between any low voltage embedded control system and the related controlled plant. The goal of our K-EFI is to induce electrical faults such as short circuits or open circuits in the test phase, as required by most of our customers’ regulations, in an electromechanically way controlled remotely via CAN protocol with a dedicated graphical user interface (GUI).
The device is versatile and can be used both on real vehicle, where the user normally has to manually induce this type of failure, and in the HIL simulation environment, where the channels are not always equipped with this functionality. Furthermore, GUIs has been developed in different environments to allow its use in most of the use cases of our customers: a Vector Canalyzer GUI has been developed and can be used both in the car and in the HIL environment, and then GUI were created for both dSpace and National Instruments HIL environments.
The introduction of the K-EFI will also bring benefits for future investments in the HIL field in Kineton, by selecting systems that do not have the peculiarity of fault injection and which will consequently be cheaper both from a HW and SW licensing point of view.