EB Releases GUIDE Studio 4.0 HMI Tool for Model-based Development

EB has released a new version of the EB GUIDE Studio. EB GUIDE Studio 4.0 is a tool for the model-based development of an HMI environment. The new version offers its users many new functions which, above all, lead to significant improvements in performance and memory utilization. For the storing, loading and merging of projects, it also offers considerable time savings. At the same time EB also releases the Version 2.0 of the EB GUIDE Graphics Target Framework (GTF) runtime environment.

Open Graphics Library (Open GL)
The integration of the Open GL to EB GUIDE Studio 4.0 opens up new design possibilities for the development of 3D views: for example, the modeling of innovative displays for different HMI menu functions. In addition, for the first time EB also offers 3D widgets for the loading and display of integrated 3D models, as well as the possibility to use lighting widgets for professional product designs and image 2D widgets as textures on 3D widgets.

Multiuser Operation
Due to the selective modularization of the graphics interface in the EB GUIDE Studio 4.0, the interfaces of the different HMI components are made visible and can be handled efficiently. Above all, the documented project history, which documents changes in an easy to follow way with softlinks, is advantageous. Multiuser operation is also improved: all modelers taking part in a process define which module elements are to be made visible externally.

Server-based Licenses
With the new server-based licenses to the EB GUIDE Studio 4.0, EB offers a flexible license model for users that work together but are e.g. located in different parts of the world. The so-called ‘floating license’ concept gives the user authorization according to the number of his licenses via FLEXnet Publisher®.

Specification
With older versions of the EB GUIDE Studio, it was already possible to unfold several views within the diagrams. The specifier also had the possibility to make use of ‘commentary notes’ for the specification in the form of pictures, text or tables. EB’s answer to the increasing importance of intelligent tags, with the help of which these can be generated and manipulated, is the functional extension of the system with the inclusion of an HTML editor, which simplifies the generation of complex specification documents.

Rapid Prototyping
The integration of plug-ins allows the expansion of the EB GUIDE Studio’s functional scope and adaptation to the special requirements of the HMI development. The connectivity plug-in, for example, enables connection of the HMI model to the CAN/MOST bus automotive environment. Also new are video widgets, which enable the display of video streaming.

EB GUIDE Graphics Target Framework 2.0 (GTF)
EB GUIDE STUDIO 4.0 also offers version 2.0 of the EB GUIDE runtime environment. With the newest GTF version, HMI models previously generated on the PC can be translated directly to C++ code and integrated in the automotive target platform. The code generation and the file structure used have been greatly simplified and improved. With the GTF, EB combines its experience in HMI code generation with a product already on the road in automotive projects.

Furthermore, EB has developed modeling guidelines for the HMI end system for the smooth and well matched development between the specification model and the HMI implementation model. A supplementary design-for-test interface supports the HMI developer in debugging the implementation model with the aid of a PC-based program and support them in eliminating the errors found.

EB, Elektrobit Corporation
EB develops advanced technology and transforms it into enriching end user experiences. EB specializes in demanding embedded software and hardware solutions for the automotive industry and wireless technologies. The company’s net sales for the year 2007 totaled EUR 144.3 million. Elektrobit Corporation is listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.