Chrysler Designs New Instrument Cluster with I-Logix Statemate

9/20/2004 - Embedded systems and software solutions provider I-Logix announced that Statemate with MicroC Code Generator successfully led to the design of a new instrument cluster for the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum product lines. The new instrument cluster, introduced this month as a standard feature of all 2005 models, contains an optional 4-line dot matrix re-configurable display capable of exhibiting approximately 150 screens in 5 different languages and will serve as the information center for drivers providing real time information about performance, security, and safety. This redesign is a part of a broad new initiative starting with the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Magnum that focuses on improving Chrysler Group design quality, maintainability, and reusability.

"I, like many other engineering managers, had initial reservations about using autocode generators because it is a relatively new technology surrounded by misconceptions," said Robert Randel, DaimlerChrysler Supervisor for Behavioral Modeling and Software for Driver Information Systems. "Now, having seen the improvements to code quality, cost benefits, and the effect on developer productivity I am convinced that anyone who specifies the behavior of an embedded electronic module can no longer afford to ignore the tremendous benefits of model-driven development and autocode capabilities like those that I-Logix provides."

This is the first time that Chrysler Group has used an end-to-end tool chain; from model development using Statemate, to producing 100% of the final code with MicroC Code Generator. Prior to using I-Logix tools, Chrysler Group would write the software code by hand, then compile and test using an emulator. With Statemate and MicroC Code Generator, Chrysler Group now has unparalleled code coverage ensuring component behavior matches requirements before the first prototype is built, while reducing time to market and simultaneously reducing overall development costs.

"The instrument cluster is more complex than anything of its kind previously developed at Chrysler Group," said Robert Randel, Chrysler Group Supervisor for Behavioral Modeling and Software for Driver Information Systems. "Incorporating such a high level of functionality in to this instrument cluster without Statemateís behavior modeling capabilities and the 100% autocode capabilities of MicroC Code Generator would have been significantly more challenging."

Chrysler Group cited reuse of production quality code as a key benefit of its partnership with I-Logix. Recently reorganized business units aim to reduce redundant workloads and create a new development structure where the models created for this project will serve as the base for all Chrysler Group vehicles moving forward. This new framework will encompass a core model common to all vehicles generated using Statemate, then enhanced with additional features exclusive to the automobile class. Test and validation is ensured through the implementation of Statemate behavior models that can be simulated, turned around, and emailed to other team members increasing communication and overall quality.

"Chrysler Groupís successful use of Statemate and MicroC Code Generator serves as an example of the tremendous benefit derived from coupling these two best in class solutions," said Neeraj Chandra, I-Logix Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development. "Creating an end-to-end embedded development tool chain enables our customers to truly capitalize on their model-driven design investments and receive the maximum return on investment."

About Chrysler Group
The Chrysler Group, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., is a unit of DaimlerChrysler, the world's fifth largest automaker. Its brands include Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge and feature some of the most recognizable vehicles like the Dodge Viper, Jeep Liberty and Chrysler PT Cruiser. In 2003, the Chrysler Group sold 2.64 million vehicles worldwide. The DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund, the Company's philanthropic arm, gave more than $22 million in grants last year. For more information, please visit

Founded in 1987, I-Logix is a leading provider of Model-Driven Development (MDD) solutions for systems design through software development focused on real-time embedded applications. These solutions allow engineers to graphically model the behavior and functionality of their embedded systems, analyze and validate the system, and automatically generate production quality code in a variety of languages. I-Logix also offers iNotion®, a product lifecycle management portal designed for software; coupling product development, quality assurance, marketing and the customer by providing instant, controllable, web-based access to development artifacts and product management services 24/7 worldwide.

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