Geensys, the specialist provider of embedded development tools, value-added embedded engineering and consulting services, and embedded software IP, has announced that its award-winning AUTOSAR Builder is the first AUTOSAR development tool to provide compliance with ARTOP – the new AUTOSAR Tool Platform being established by the ARTOP User Group (ARTOP-UG) and officially launched to the AUTOSAR community on October 27th.
Geensys is a founding Design Member of the ARTOP-UG, a group of licensed users of the AUTOSAR standard with a special interest in AUTOSAR compliant development tools, along with BMW Car IT, Continental and PSA Peugeot Citroen. ARTOP UG’s aim is to improve the quality and interoperability of AUTOSAR development tools and help eliminate the time lag between the release of new versions of the AUTOSAR standard and the availability of development tools that support the new specifications. ARTOP-UG plans to achieve this through the creation of an infrastructure platform of the common base functionality and core features that need to be implemented in all development tools used to design and configure AUTOSAR-compliant systems and ECUs.
To accelerate ARTOP-UG’s aims and objectives, Geensys has donated the code for the AUTOSAR TDK foundation of its AUTOSAR Builder development tool to the ARTOP-UG to form the basis of the ARTOP infrastructure platform, which itself sits on top of the Eclipse environment. The Geensys donation helps to avoid redundant development of the non-competitive infrastructure platform by different tool vendors and supports a development process that allows for well-tested tools for all steps of the AUTOSAR methodology. ARTOP Release 1.0 will provide support for AUTOSAR Release 3.0 although subsequent versions will contain support for other AUTOSAR Metamodel releases as well as support for handling different versions simultaneously. With ARTOP providing the basic building blocks which are typically required for realising AUTOSAR-related development tools, tool vendors can concentrate on developing the differentiating features and functionality of their tools that give them competitive advantage in the market.
“We are extremely pleased to be associated with the ARTOP-UG as a founding Design Member and to get the initiative off to a head start by donating the AUTOSAR TDK foundation of AUTOSAR Builder as the basis for the ARTOP infrastructure platform,” said Ingo Bruse, Geensys’ ARTOP Representative and Sales Director for Geensys in Germany. “We are extremely pleased to announce the early availability of AUTOSAR Builder as an ARTOP-compliant AUTOSAR development tool” added Eliane Fourgeau, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Geensys.
AUTOSAR Builder provides an ARTOP-compliant seamless design environment into which a suite of open-interface plug-in tools can be integrated for the creation of automotive electronics systems and ECUs compliant with AUTOSAR Release 3.0. The AUTOSAR Builder tool suite addresses the successive steps in the different phases of the AUTOSAR design process and enables engineers to easily undertake the various associated design tasks. It includes an AUTOSAR Authoring Tool (AAT), ECU Extract, Software Component Conformance Validation Tool (SCVT), Generic ECU Configuration Editor (GCE) and a soon to be announced system simulation plug-in for AUTOSAR applications.
The AUTOSAR Authoring Tool (AAT) – Based on a substantial subset of the AUTOSAR meta-model, the AAT facilitates the creation of AUTOSAR Software Component (SW-C), ECU and System descriptions at the applications level. It represents the description data organised in templates and ARPackages. For each AUTOSAR element the properties are shown in Forms and the Graphical Editor allows the elements to be displayed as diagrams as well as enabling the creation of new elements. Rule checking of all standard descriptions for AUTOSAR systems with automatic error correction prevents engineers from entering inconsistent or invalid data and notifies them of potential or committed errors. The AAT provides practical assistance to the user to realise the tedious task of creating AUTOSAR standard descriptions.
ECU Extract – This is a companion feature of the AAT which allows the user to extract a single ECU specific description from the overall vehicle description, in complete compliance with the AUTOSAR methodology and specification.
The Software Component Conformance Validation Tool (SCVT) – Functioning at the applications level, the SCVT verifies the description of SW-Cs. It provides analysis based on description rules for SW-Cs, static analysis of application code and RTE code generated at the Contract Phase, verifying the coherence between SW-C descriptions and the associated code. It also provides reports on the analysis/validation of the code.
The Generic ECU Configuration Editor (GCE) – The GCE facilitates the creation and configuration of Basic Software module parameters based on the AUTOSAR standard and methodology. It ensures strict conformance to the AUTOSAR specification and validation of all AUTOSAR rules and requirements. The GCE is implemented as three separate plug-ins: The ECU Parameter Definition (EPD) plug-in is used to create or modify ECU parameter definitions and can also be used to create XML format parameter definitions for any other software module other than AUTOSAR BSW; the BSW Module Description (BMD) plug-in is used to create or modify BSW module definitions and configurations, by BSW vendors; and the ECU Parameter Configuration (EPC) plug-in is used to create or modify ECU parameter configurations and to integrate BSW module configurations, by system integrators.
Created through the formal merger of two of France’s most innovative and dynamic companies in the embedded market – TNI Software and Ayrton Technology – Geensys is a powerful new force in the provision of embedded development tools, value-added embedded engineering and consulting services, and embedded software IP. Geensys is privately-owned and operates on a global scale through direct sales offices in France, Germany, Japan and China and through resellers in the USA and Europe. Geensys brings together a broad range of complementary embedded services and products founded on a commitment to quality, backed by an extensive, well-proven track record and designed to satisfy the embedded development requirements of the global automotive, aerospace, defence, railway, medical, industrial automation and telecommunications industries.