Elektrobit, IBM integrate automotive software tools

December 09, 2011 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Elektrobit (EB) and IBM are jointly integrating EB's automotive software tool Tresos into Big Blue's graphical software modeling tool Rational Rhapsody. The goal is to create an integrated software development environment that supports the latest Autosar version.

The integrated environment will allow 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, explained EB Vice President Software and Tools, Jochen Schoof. "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 the most important automotive software standard. It is endorsed by carmakers, suppliers, embedded device manufacturers and software providers. Since it allows re-using software across all car platforms worldwide, it is rapidly gaining adoption in the automotive industry. The standard reduces the complexity of design and simplifies the collaboration between engineering teams of all parts of the ecosystem, from hardware to software.

Automotive supplier TRW announced to support the joint project of IBM and EB. The company said it 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