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12/26/2011 04:05 PM EST
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Jay Yantchev
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re: ESL, down under style
Jay Yantchev   1/2/2012 5:22:53 AM
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If the customer responses below resonate with you, you may find VWorks has something to offer. “Our management was until now not interested in ESL. We tried ESL several times, in several of our divisions, with several other tools, but the results were not satisfactory, either technically or business wise. We had given up, until we saw VLAB.” “My initial feedback is that the combination of VWorks products, VLAB, Genesis, OSCAR, and the VLAB data analysis tools looks like a complete portfolio of tools and features that one would need to create and use a System platform model for Pre-Si software development. Especially, the compliance to standards, and export capabilities for IPXACT & SystemC/OSCI are very useful and are in line with what we need from vendors and partners.“ “After only a couple of days of training we were able to bring up and run our production level 50,000 lines CAN AutoSAR stack and gateway application on a VLAB virtual MCU/ECU platform. It would have taken a week alone to debug a memory corruption bug on the hardware board: we did it on VLAB in a couple of hours, with the help of tracing, hardware breakpoints, and the software debugger. It is amazing that you can trace everything, every platform event, and still go almost fast as if you run a plain simulation without any tracing. This VLAB tool is very useful, it is exactly what we are missing when we debug software on the hardware boards. We are very enthused about the new techniques for debugging embedded software that VLAB enables.”

Jay Yantchev
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re: ESL, down under style
Jay Yantchev   1/2/2012 4:43:43 AM
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Thank you for taking note of VWorks. The pricing you mention is for access to the OSCAR simulation library package and for support. There is no run time cost per OSCAR simulator, same as with an OSCI simulator. OSCAR users can run and distribute at no additional cost as many OSCAR simulators as they like. OSCAR offers a commercial grade alternative OSCI simulation library under essentially the same business model. The OSCI simulation library reference though offers minimal functionality and no development or user tools. For those who need more than that, we offer VLAB, a new, unique, ‘all in one,’ tool comprising an enhanced version of OSCAR, development tools for the rapid assembly, programming and debug of virtual platforms, and powerful run time tools for the simulation of virtual platforms. VLAB offers a new generation of capabilities and performance, while enabling the VLAB users to build and deploy royalty free, zero run time cost virtual platform simulators, e.g. via the VLAB SIMEXE target platform. VLAB allows an ‘all in one’ tool concept because the VLAB combination of flexibility, ease of use, ability to rapidly modify at run time a virtual platform, seamless integration between development, debug and run time features and tools, and a scalable cost enables every user to be a virtual platform developer and vice versa. Users can easily, as needed by their use case, as they go, enhance or modify their virtual platform, e.g. add, stub or prototype missing models, add or remove simulation objects which perform various computations, such as assertion checking or power calculations, rewire the system model or change the system test bench, and in general perform all the actions which other tools limit to the province of virtual platform developers and deny to the virtual platform users, thereby drawing unnecessary line between these overlapping groups. For those interested in finding out more, we suggest to visit VWorks at www.vworks.com.

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