dSPACE Joins AUTOSAR Open Software Standards Alliance

4/5/2004 - AUTOSAR, a development partnership for the establishment of an open standard for automotive electric/electronics (E/E) architectures, has incorporated dSPACE as a new premium member. AUTOSAR was founded jointly by the BMW Group, DaimlerChrysler, Volkswagen, Bosch, Continental, and Siemens VDO in July 2003. dSPACE is looking forward to contributing to its goals.

Herbert Hanselmann, President and CEO, dSPACE GmbH said: "As a premium member, dSPACE will contribute from its longstanding expertise in embedded automotive control development. Tools that support the architectural issues covered in AUTOSAR will also be key to managing in-vehicle software in the future."

dSPACEís special attention will be given to the allianceís central questions: standardizing ECU software structures to improve the reusability and transferability of functions, providing support for safety requirements, and the ability to scale existing software modules to different vehicle and platform variants. The aspects of vehicle design that are covered include body electronics, powertrain, chassis and safety, as well as multimedia systems, telematics and the man-machine interface.

More specifically, AUTOSARís activities cover aspects such as standardizing different application programming interfaces (APIs) to set up AUTOSAR software layers, facilitating the encapsulation of functional software components, and creating an AUTOSAR run-time environment to provide inter- and intra-ECU communication across all the nodes of a vehicle network.

For additional information on AUTOSAR, please visit http://www.autosar.org

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