TargetLink 2.0 Makes Quantum Leap for Automatic Code Generation

5/3/2004 - TargetLink 2.0 for the automatic generation of highly efficient production code from MATLAB®/Simulink®/Stateflow® has been considerably extended compared with the previous version of the tool. Numerous innovations will boost efficiency and cut ECU development times. The major new features include the generation of code for OSEK/VDX-compliant real-time operating systems from MATLAB/Simulink, the new dSPACE Data Dictionary for model-independent data management, and an innovative tool for automatic scaling of models by the worst-case method. Other efficiency-boosting features are a new blockset concept that makes teamwork more cost-effective, and incremental code generation, which allows code generation for a specific subsystem in which a modification has been made. Additionally, TargetLink 2.0 offers code coverage analysis at a mouse-click, without any other tool required.

TargetLink is easy to integrate into existing development environments. In addition, TargetLink 2.0 provides a new freely installable blockset that allows models to be exchanged even without a TargetLink licence.

Support of OSEK/VDX-compliant operating systems is another of TargetLink 2.0ís major new features. OSEK operating system objects and services can be specified on block diagram level, and TargetLink generates all the code.

The new dSPACE Data Dictionary is a central data container that holds all the information relevant to code generation, independently of model partitioning. In conjunction with TargetLink 2.0, it simplifies data storage for complex ECU development and supports teamwork in project groups.

Worst-case autoscaling dramatically shortens the time developers need for fixed-point scaling. Plant models and stimulus signals are no longer required. The developer can specify value ranges and data types at model boundaries. TargetLink then propagates these through the model, after which scaling is performed by the worst-case method.

The new blockset in TargetLink 2.0 can be installed and used on any computer that has MATLAB/Simulink installed. This means that models can be exchanged freely without the need for extra TargetLink licenses. Thus TargetLink can be used cost-efficiently by several developers at once.

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