dSPACE and Vector Informatik optimize interoperability of AUTOSAR tools
January 11, 2010 by John Day
dSPACE and Vector Informatik say they will work together to optimizing the interoperability of their AUTOSAR tools, TargetLink and DaVinci Developer. Developers of electronic control unit (ECU) software will soon benefit from seamless interaction between the production code generator TargetLink and the AUTOSAR design tool DaVinci Developer. The firms noted that a well-coordinated AUTOSAR tool chain simplifies the model-based development of AUTOSAR-compliant software.
Developers use Vector’s DaVinci Developer to design the AUTOSAR architecture of an ECU and use dSPACE’s TargetLink to “breathe life” into the application components of the software architecture produced with DaVinci. The components are modeled in Simulink®/TargetLink and then quickly turned into AUTOSAR-compliant production code by TargetLink. Finally, the production code is integrated into an ECU on the basis of the MICROSAR RTE (Runtime Environment) by using Vector’s AUTOSAR Basic Software.
DaVinci Developer and TargetLink interact by exchanging AUTOSAR XML files in accordance with AUTOSAR methods. This procedure is used for the initial design and also for subsequent development iterations. Either a top-down or a bottom-up approach can be used.
dSPACE and Vector are turning the AUTOSAR concepts of tool interoperability and standardized interfaces into a reality. This will enable developers to take full advantage of AUTOSAR.