MUNICH, Germany Vector Informatik (Stuttgart, Germany) has started to deploy a set of automotive software according to release 2.1 of the Autosar standard. The release contains several improvements.
Autosar is a middleware industry standard for electronic control units (ECUs) within vehicles, aiming at reducing complexity and enabling software reuse in the automotive industry. The Vector software package contains the Autosar runtime environment, microcontroller abstraction layer, memory management, communications stacks for the prevalent bus systems as well operating system and tools for development and configuration.
According to Vector, the current release 2.1 provides for improvements in the configuration methodology, facilitating the integration of third-party components.
With the package, users can leave the prototype status for the software and run Autosar-controlled ECUs in serial production, Vector said. "The software package enables the development of Autosar compliant ECUs for volume manufacturing," explained Vector CEO Helmut Schelling.
The next version software, Autosar 3.0, is already due in the second quarter 2008. Release 3.0 will add bus specific state managers and improve the ECU wake-up concept. In addition, it will close several specification gaps, Vector said.