ARTiSAN Studio Drives Siemens VDO's Automotive Powertrain Development

11/1/2005 - ARTiSAN Software Tools, a global leader for UML 2 and SysML-based real-time systems and software modelling tools, has announced that Siemens VDO has chosen ARTiSAN Studio as the principal embedded software development tool for its automotive powertrain control units.

Siemens VDO has extensive experience in software development for embedded systems but the demands of today’s automotive market are such that increasingly complex software systems need to be built. It was clear to Siemens VDO that successful software development for its automotive powertrain control units would require a seamless process that encompasses both modelling and design, creating a need for a standardised modeling language supported by a flexible tool-based environment.

The choice of UML meant the adoption of an increasingly widespread standard that had the backing of a large community of developers, all of whom talked the same modelling language. The choice of ARTiSAN Studio provided the necessary, highly flexible tool-based environment for the development of the basic I/O software for its automotive powertrain control units that could be tailored to the needs of the developers. This allowed Siemens VDO to adapt the way it generated code and documentation from the model and take full advantage of the ARTiSAN Studio environment.

Furthermore, ARTiSAN Studio’s true multi-user repository that facilitates collaborative development was perfectly suited to Siemens VDO’s distributed development practices allowing it to be integrated into the company’s existing software development processes with ease.

Commenting on Siemens VDO’s decision, Jeremy Goulding, President and CEO of ARTiSAN offered, "Once companies come to the conclusion to standardise on UML as their systems and software modelling language, selecting ARTiSAN Studio as the tools-based environment to implement it is an increasingly natural choice. It ticks all the right boxes for potential customers - delivering a true multi-user repository to facilitate collaborative development, decreased development time through design reuse and the handling of multiple languages within one model, and increased developer productivity through an intuitive tool that either integrates with existing development processes out of the box or that can be readily customised to do so."

About ARTiSAN Software Tools
ARTiSAN Software Tools is the leading supplier of collaborative modelling tools for requirements analysis, specification, design and development of complex applications. The company provides standards-based, multi-user tool support from architectural frameworks through systems design to software implementation. ARTiSAN offers products, services and a process for systems and software modelling to accelerate the development of next-generation real-time systems while ensuring that they always meet requirements. ARTiSAN enables engineering teams to visualise, design and validate systems before building them, and simplifies implementation with code generation and software reuse. Winner of the 2005 SD Times 100 award in the Modeling category for bringing UML and SysML to real-time embedded systems, ARTiSAN offers the most advanced tools for complex applications development. Founded in March 1997, ARTiSAN 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.

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