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Symtavision and Lauterbach Collaborate on Joint Workflow for Automotive ECU Development

Press release date: February 20, 2014

Workflow speeds up system design, reduces refinement iterations and minimizes the effort for future software extensions

Braunschweig, Germany — Symtavision, the global leader for timing design and timing verification for embedded real-time systems, and Lauterbach, the leading manufacturer of microprocessor development tools, have created a joint workflow for the development of automotive ECUs.

The Symtavision/Lauterbach joint workflow is the result of an ongoing collaboration between the two companies that combines hardware-assisted debugging with architecture-independent schedule visualization and analysis. It has been structured to deliver the benefits of faster systems design, fewer architecture refinement iterations and minimizes the effort for future software extensions.

The workflow combines Lauterbach's TRACE32 suite of modular microprocessor development tools with Symtavision's TraceAnlayzer tool for visualizing and analyzing timing data, and Symtavision's SymTA/S system-level tool suite for planning, optimizing and verifying embedded real-time systems. ECU code is imported into TRACE32 from any third party ECU configuration tool for target debugging, emulation and software validation. Trace data from ECU measurements or hardware independent simulations is then passed to TraceAnalyzer to visualize and analyze timing traces and validate ECU scheduling. The resulting timing models can be processed further in SymTA/S to perform worst-case and statistical timing analysis, as well as to virtually change the scheduling and explore / optimize the overall software architecture. The optimized configuration is then passed back to TRACE32 via the third party ECU configuration tool and uploaded to the target, completing the round-trip workflow.

"With this workflow we are further streamlining automotive ECU software development," said Dr. Marek Jersak, CEO of Symtavision. "Our collaboration with Lauterbach enables our customers to develop their systems much faster, independently of the ultimate target processor, and optimize both the current software-architecture and plan for future software extensions. This approach saves cost while ensuring all software can reliably execute in real-time."

About Symtavision
Symtavision provides the leading timing analysis solution for planning, optimizing and verifying embedded real-time systems – from early-phase estimation to final verification. Symtavision develops and markets state-of-the-art system-level timing design and timing verification tools, and offers all associated consulting and engineering services.

Symtavision's innovative scheduling analysis tool suite for system-level timing design and timing verification, SymTA/S, helps engineers conquer design challenges for controllers, processors, bus/networks and complete integrated systems. It is used extensively in automotive electronics with support provided for industry standards including AUTOSAR, Ethernet, CAN, FlexRay and OSEK, in the avionics industry with support provided for ARINC 653 partitioned operating systems, ARINC 664 switched Ethernet, and time-triggered communication. SymTA/S also provides support for a variety of other industry sectors including the automation, multimedia, telecommunications and transportation markets. Symtavision's associated TraceAnalyzer is a powerful solution for visualizing and analyzing timing data from both measurements and simulations. TraceAnalyzer seamlessly integrates with SymTA/S.

Symtavision is headquartered in Braunschweig (Germany) with subsidiary offices in Munich (Germany), Cologne (Germany) and Troy (Michigan, USA), and is supported by a global network of distributors. Symtavision is an AUTOSAR development member and also a founding member of the Real-Time Experts Alliance. For more information visit:

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