Scalable and Modular Systems for Efficient HIL Testing

VT System

To test ECUs thoroughly, it is not only necessary to connect the communication networks to the test system, it is also necessary to connect the I/O interfaces.

This task is handled by the Vector VT System. It simplifies the setup of test benches and HIL test systems immensely, because it integrates all circuit components needed to connect an I/O channel in one module.

Examples of I/O channels are an ECU's output for controlling a headlamp or input for connecting a brightness sensor. 


  • All relevant test components are integrated into a single device:

    • Measurement hardware with signal conditioning
    • Relays e.g. for switching short-circuits

    • Electronic load for actuator simulation

    • Resistance decade for simulation of a sensor

  • Minimal wiring effort for test setups

  • Voltage range adapted to automotive applications

  • Seamless integration into CANoe

Application Areas

With the VT system test systems for the function test of ECUs and vehicle networks can be assembled. CANoe is the associated test automation software.
The modular design of the VT System allows to build test solutions ranging from simple test setups to complex test systems:

  • Dedicated test systems for individual ECUs
  • Universal function testers for ECUs and subsystems
  • Flexible test hardware for the developer's work station

VT System Concept

When performing functional testing the ECU has to be tested in an environment in which it can see no difference between the real vehicle environment and the testing environment.

The I/O lines of the ECU are connected to the modular VT System and when necessary original sensors and actuators too. The PC with the CANoe is connected via a fast, Ethernet-based real-time network port. This makes it easy to build flexible test systems with little integration or wiring effort.


ECU environment in the vehicle

In the vehicle, an ECU communicates with other ECUs via bus interface; it is supplied with power from the battery and is connected to sensors and actuators via I/O lines.
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Testing with original loads and sensors

The VT System is placed between the ECU's I/O lines and the original sensors and acuators. CANoe executes the automated tests and simulates the rest of the network nodes.
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Testing with simulated actuators and sensors

The VT System can also simulate the sensors and actuators. This lets you reconstruct any desired test situations and error cases.
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Now Available

Current Measurement Module


Measuring currents using shunt resistors and voltages.


► Learn more about the VT2808

Real-time Module


PC module for executing the real-time part of CANoe with the VT System.


► Learn more about the VT6020

Real-time Module


High-performance PC module for executing the real-time part of CANoe with the VT System.


► Learn more about the VT6060

Modular Test Racks


The VT System is highly scalable. It can be used to set up test systems that range widely in complexity and functionality: from small auxiliary test tools at developer workstations to comprehensive functional testers and HIL test stations in the test laboratory.

Since the modules are universal in design, the test systems can be used for different test objects and test tasks without much effort.

Front view: 9.5" desktop case, fully loaded
19-inch desktop case
Front view: 19" desktop case, fully loaded
19-inch system rack
Front view: 19" system rack, fully loaded
Front view: HIL cabinet, customized


The backplane takes up the lower quarter of the housing height. In the space above, the plug-in modules of the VT System are directly accessible from the back.

The backplane provides the Ethernet connection for the CANoe PC and supplies the VT System modules with 12V operating voltage. Each installed VT System module is also connected to the EtherCAT® bus through the backplane. With the second Ethernet connector, several VT System racks can be connected to bigger test systems. Vector also provides completely assembled test racks on a project basis.


External connectors of the VT8006A backplane

Using the VT8006A backplane, up to six VT System modules can be installed in a 9.5-inch desktop housing.

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External connectors of the VT8012A backplane

The VT8012A backplane is the bigger variant of the VT8006A. Mounted in a 19-inch desktop case or in a 19-inch rack frame (4 U), up to 12 VT modules can be installed.

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VT8006A, VT8012A
No. of slots
6 (VT8006A), 12 (VT8012A),
Supply voltage
12 V ±10 %
Input current
Max. 16 A, depending on type and number of plugged-in VT System modules
Power consumption (backplane only)
Approx. 3.8 W
Temperature range
0 … 55 °C
Dimensions (L x W x H)
210 x 46 x 35 mm (VT8006A), 427 x 46 x 35 mm (VT8012A)
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Module Overview

The VT System is a high-performance modular test system for comprehensive ECU testing. It consists of different hardware modules and together with CANoe it offers a powerful and flexible solution for testing ECU functions and important errors cases.

Measurement + Simulation Modules   Stimulation Modules
Load and Measurement Modules (40 V)
Stimulation Modules
► VT1104
Load and Measurement Module (60 V)
  ► VT2516A | VT2516A FPGA
Digital Modules
► VT2808
Current Measurement Module
  ► VT7820
Rotation Sensor Module
► VT2816A | VT2816A FPGA
General-Purpose Analog I/O Modules
  ► VT2816A | VT2816A FPGA
General-Purpose Analog I/O Modules
► VT2848 | VT2848 FPGA
General-Purpose Digital I/O Modules
  ► VT2848 | VT2848 FPGA
General-Purpose Digital I/O Modules
Network Interface Modules   Power Control Modules
► VT2710
Serial Interface Module
  ► VT7001A
Power Supply Module (40V)
► VT6104A
Network Interface Module
  ► VT7101
Power Supply Module (60V)
► VT6204
Network Interface Module (FlexRay)
  ► VTC8920B
Power Supply Modules for VT System
► VT6306
Ethernet Network Module
Smart Charging Modules   Infrastructure Modules
► VT7970
Smart Charging Communication Test Module (Qualcom PLC Chip)
  ► VT7900A | VT7900A FPGA
Extension Module
► VT7971
Smart Charging Communication Test Module (Vertexcom PLC Chip)
Real-time Modules   Fault Injection + Switching Modules
► VT6020
Real-time Module
  ► VT2820
General-Purpose Relay Module
► VT6060
Real-time Module
  ► VT2832
Switch Matrix Module


User Programmable FPGA

Some VT System modules are available as FPGA variant with a processor board which includes a second, user programmable FPGA. This FPGA has access to the I/O hardware on the VT System modules and communicates with CANoe and therefore allows the implementation of customer specific functionality.


  • Measurement data conditioning or signal generation, which cannot be covered with the standard VT System modules functionality

  • Time critical functions can be sourced out to the FPGA hardware instead of executing them software-based with CANoe

  • Description of FPGA functionality with VHDL or via graphical schematic entry with Simulink®

  • Easy development and management of FPGA projects by support of VT System FPGA Manager

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User Programmable FPGA
Supported modules
VT1004A, VT2004A, VT2516A, VT2816, VT2848, VT7009A
FPGA series
Altera® Cyclone IV E
FPGA type
FPGA size
(logic elements)
75000 LE
Usable clock frequencies
10, 40 and 80 Mhz


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Standard: ISO/IEC 17025:2017

Example of a certificate

An accredited calibration service is offered for individual VT System modules. This service can be used as a pre-calibration or re-calibration (recommended every 12 months). Furthermore, the service is also available for modules that are already in the field and not only for new modules.

The service, where available, is offered in cooperation with Keysight Technologies Inc. and complies with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017. This makes it possible to perform a calibration in different, globally distributed laboratories (China, Germany, India, Japan & United States of America). This calibration service also includes an adjustment if any module is out of specification. A detailed report with all explanations, results and measurements is included with the calibration.

Product Descriptions

Do you have technical questions and are you looking for suitable answers? Our knowledge base provides the most important FAQs for you.

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Learn to know how to efficiently execute HIL tests with the modular test hardware of the VT System and CANoe.


VT System Workshops

The VT System offers a great potential to assemble test systems for the function test of ECUs and vehicle networks. But only those, who know all the options, can make the most of this modular test system's potential and save time and money.

Benefit from our training and advanced training offers in order to use the VT System even more efficiently in your daily work!

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