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IBM and Elektrobit Collaborate on Electronic Control Unit Development Platform for Automobiles

Wed, 11/30/2011 - 6:54am

 Elektrobit, a leading developer of cutting edge embedded technology solutions for the automotive and wireless industries, announced a software development initiative with IBM to deliver an integrated development solution that allows carmakers and suppliers to manage the growing complexity of Electronic Control Units (ECUs) software in automotive development, speed-up development cycles and standardize software to increase re-usability across car platforms.

“A month ago, EB has delivered the first compliant software development toolset for AUTOSAR 4.0 to carmakers and suppliers”, said Dr. Jochen Schoof, Vice President ECU Software and Tools at EB. “The project with IBM to integrate its application development tools on top of EB tresos basic software framework is another proof for the strong momentum on the way to industry-wide AUTOSAR 4.0 adoption.”

AUTOSAR is a leading automotive standard that is endorsed by carmakers, suppliers, embedded device manufacturers and software providers. It is rapidly gaining adoption in the automotive industry as it allows re-using software across all car platforms worldwide. The standard reduces the complexity of design and simplifies the collaboration between engineering teams of all parts of the ecosystem, from hardware to software.

EB and IBM will deliver an integrated development solution based on AUTOSAR 4.0. TRW, a leading supplier of automotive solutions supports this joint project and anticipates significant tangible benefits from the interoperability between IBM Rational Rhapsody and EB tresos. "In many cases the complexity and overhead required for AUTOSAR compliance has been significantly underestimated,” said Mark Haller, Director global software engineering. “This partnership between IBM and EB will provide us with a unified solution to bridge the gap between E/E and ECU electronic and software development, test and traceability.”

EB is integrating IBM Rational Rhapsody, a graphical modeling tool for complex software systems, with EB tresos, a tool that provides a framework for basic software configuration and deployment down to basic hardware control components within a car. This integrated platform benefits the automotive industry by providing access to a tested, end-to-end ECU software development tool-chain. IBM’s engineering tools allow systems modeling and design applications within the AUTOSAR 4.0 software architecture. Combined with EB tresos, engineers have the ability to test their design and software even before the future hardware is available. The layered approach and defined interfaces reduces the risk associated with the complexity of automotive software projects.

"As automotive systems design and development becomes increasingly complex, our customers are demanding interface standardization and extensive tool interoperability," said Meg Selfe, vice president, Complex and Embedded Systems, IBM. "Developers working within the AUTOSAR standard for automotive development projects can now benefit from the high degree of software interchangeability and reusability through the combined offerings of IBM and EB." 

For more information visit www.elektrobit.com

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