MathWorks Revs up for Mass Production Vehicles with Embedded Targets

9/30/2003 - The MathWorks announced the availability of its Embedded Target for OSEK/VDX® and Embedded Target for Motorola® HC12. Based on The MathWorks Real-Time Workshop® Embedded Coder platform, these latest product offerings build on the Company's model-based design approach by enabling software teams to speed up the development of complex embedded systems. The new targets allow engineers to automatically generate and deploy code from Simulink® directly onto mass production electronic control units (ECUs) as opposed to manually developing and integrating code.

With the release of these two new products, The MathWorks augments its existing line of embedded targets including Embedded Target for Motorola® MPC555, Embedded Target for TI C6000TM DSP, and Embedded Target for Infineon C166® / STMicroelectronics ST10® microcontrollers.

Due to proven cost and time savings, The MathWorks continues to see steady growth and use of our production code generation tools in the automotive industry," said Paul Barnard, control design automation marketing director, The MathWorks. "Based on this success and in response to the demands of our growing customer base across industries, we are committed to supporting a broad and diversified set of embedded target platforms so that every customer can quickly and efficiently deploy code onto their target microcontroller."

The new Embedded Targets also satisfy the emerging on-target rapid prototyping market by allowing companies to develop and test new functionality on the embedded processors of existing production or fleet vehicles rather than on expensive rapid prototyping systems. Embedded Targets such as the Motorola HC12 and OSEK/VDX allow automotive manufacturers and suppliers to meet demands of designing increasingly complex new vehicle software while continuing to reduce costs.

"Metrowerks continues to see strong market demand for MathWorks production code generation support using our award winning compiler/debugger technology for targets such as HC12," said Michael O'Donnell, marketing director, Transportation and Standard Products, Metrowerks. "The new MathWorks embedded targets meet that need by providing engineers with a strong integration between the modeling environment, compiler tool chain, and microprocessor devices."

Utilizing The MathWorks Embedded Targets, automotive engineers can design, simulate, and test control algorithms to generate code that can be downloaded to general-purpose ECU hardware for rapid prototyping or production deployment. This approach enables automotive manufacturers such as Jaguar to cut several weeks, or in some cases months, from the traditional design process by performing many design iterations early in a vehicle program, resulting in more robust system requirements and a reduced, more focused validation effort.

About The MathWorks
The MathWorks is the world's leading developer of technical computing software for engineers and scientists in industry, government, and education. With an extensive product set based on MATLAB and Simulink, The MathWorks provides software and services to solve challenging problems and accelerate innovation in automotive, aerospace, communications, financial services, biotechnology, electronics, instrumentation, process, and other industries. The MathWorks was founded in 1984 and employs more than 1,000 people worldwide, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts. For additional information, visit

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