ST speeds automotive electronics development with integrated toolset

ST speeds automotive electronics development with integrated toolset

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Cars contain increasingly complex electronic functions. This also poses increasing challenges for developers of control units. In order to keep pace with the growing demands on development landscapes, STMicroelectronics (ST) has now introduced a set of new tools under the collective name AutoDevKit that are designed to increase developer productivity.
By Christoph Hammerschmidt

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ST’s AutoDevKit development system provides a new set of tools for creating working prototypes. The toolset is intended to replace the usual manual procedure as well as to support standardization aand design reuse. The free AutoDevKit library is a software environment that allows users to select microcontrollers and function boards from ST’s broad automotive portfolio to easily create prototypes of automotive solutions.

After selecting the desired AutoDevKit components, users are guided through connecting the boards, generating the code, and compiling and downloading the firmware without forgetting to test and debug the prototype. A fundamental aspect of the AutoDevKit system is the availability of easy-to-use Application Program Interfaces (APIs) for controlling any supported function board and communicating with it.

“Automotive electronics designers are under immense pressure to achieve short time-to-market, and the rapid delivery of a credible feasibility study is also extremely important,” says Marco Monti, President of STMicroelectronics’ Automotive and Discrete Group. “Our AutoDevKit development system can reduce time to market by months over traditional prototype development. It allows users to focus on system functionality and delegate tasks such as device driver design.

The AutoDevKit software is part of the integrated design environment for ST’s SPC5 series automotive microcontrollers.  The complete AutoDevKit development system includes the AutoDevKit Library Plugin as well as hardware development tools such as the AEK MCU Discovery and Functional Boards and the AEKD System Solution Demonstrators, which are optimized for automotive use.


The AEK tools include Discovery Boards for evaluating specific automotive microcontrollers and Functional Boards that help to quickly implement various functions such as motor control, LED lighting, power management, audio and connectivity. Each board has its own APIs for controlling features and communication, and no in-depth knowledge of the semiconductors used or their data sheets is required.

The AEKD System Solution Demonstrators provide direct access not only to the pre-built System Demonstrator Boards, but also to Board Kits and non-electronic hardware devices such as car-like components and loads to help users emulate the desired solution as closely as possible.

AutoDevKit is integrated into the SPC5 Studio software development environment and extends the functionality of the IDE with automatic pin assignment for the microcontroller and a board view editor designed specifically to help users connect multiple function boards to the microcontroller board. In the same way, the APIs are integrated with SPC5 Studio’s machine-level drivers so that the generated code can be immediately ported to different microcontroller platforms.

ST intends to present the AutoDevKit technology at Embedded World: Hall 4A, booth 138).

More information: https://www.st.com/autodevkit

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