Panasonic Automotive Standardizes on ARTiSAN's Real-time Studio

7/16/2003 - ARTiSAN Software Tools, a global leader for UML-based, real-time systems and software modeling tools, announced that Panasonic Automotive Systems Deutschland, a major supplier of car radios and CD-changers for the German automotive industry, has selected Real-time Studio as tool of choice for both systems and software development for all future projects.

"The software group within PASD began its intensive evaluation of tools roughly three years ago," stated Dr. Karlheinz Geist, Project Manager at PASD. "PASD quickly decided to narrow the field to Unified Modeling Language tools because UML had become a world standard, and there is a tremendous amount of information available in print. An early realization of this occurred on a business trip to Japan, where I found several excellent UML books at a tiny bookshop next to the Shin-Yokohama train station! The popularity of UML is a significant advantage for a global player like Panasonic, as it makes the hiring of engineers familiar with the language quite easy. Most of the major universities teach UML, increasing its popularity even further.

In fact it was a student at the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel, Michael Zey, who began the evaluation of Real-time Studio while pursuing his thesis. Mr. Zey commented, "Real-time Studio was selected due to its low price to value ratio, and the ability of multiple developers to work in parallel through the repository. The multi-user repository sounds like a nice feature on paper – but when you use it in practice and realize the benefit of all of your developers being in sync – you quickly also realize the economic implications of such a powerful and vital tool component."

The PASD team recently used Real-time Studio for developing the software embedded in a new car radio, making it the first time that Panasonic had developed the complete software of a car radio in Germany. The advantage of this is faster and more complete support for PASD's customers and an increased ability to meet the rigid software quality requirements of German car makers.

"German car makers are collaborating in the Hersteller Initiative Software (HIS)," added Dr. Geist, "to develop a common software quality standard for their suppliers. This standard is known as SPICE Automotive, as it is based on SPICE (Software Process Improvement Capability dEtermination ISO 15504). This standard places extremely high requirements on systems and software design processes. PASD systems and software teams are striving to make all projects SPICE compliant, and Real-time Studio is playing a significant role in helping us to achieve this goal. Our engineers have experience with some of the major design tools, but prefer Real-time Studio because of its speed, stability, and ease of use."

Jeremy Goulding, President and CEO of ARTiSAN Software, commented, "Users are continually seeking tool support for their software processes to meet the demands of standards, such as the Capability Maturity Model and SPICE Automotive. Real-time Studio does not prescribe a particular design process, but rather fits in with the process that users prefer to adopt. While we do suggest, and in fact include, a pragmatic approach known as the 'Real-time Perspective', this can easily be adapted as shown by PASD's support of SPICE, and other companies' use of RtS to achieve various levels of CMM certification."

About ARTiSAN Software Tools
ARTiSAN Software Tools provides electronic product development teams with the "fastest path to the right product." The company offers products, services and a process for systems and software modeling to accelerate the development of next-generation real-time systems while ensuring that they meet requirements. ARTiSAN enables engineering teams to visualize, design and validate systems before building them, and simplifies implementation with code generation and software reuse. ARTiSAN is a practical partner offering easy-to-adopt, down-to-earth solutions.

ARTiSAN Software Tools, Inc., founded in March 1997, is privately held with headquarters in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. The company has regional sales offices and distributors throughout the world. For more information, call +44 (0)1242 229300 internationally, or 1(888)511-7975 from the US; or visit

About PASD
Panasonic Automotive Systems GmbH, located in Neumünster, Germany, develops and produces Car Radios and CD-Changers for the Automotive Customers of Europe. The company currently employs more than 500 people. Panasonic Automotive Systems GmbH has annual revenues in excess of $225M and was established in 1985.

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