MUNICH, Germany With its Rhapsody Autosar Pack, Swedish software modeling tool vendor targets developers for the automotive industry. The product is the first modeling environment that supports the Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Systems Modeling Language (SysML).
With the Rhapsody environment, automotive software engineers can reuse specifications for common vehicle features ranging from body control to comfort functions across several automotive product lines. "We look at Autosar from the systems modeling standpoint. The functions of the development environment are focusing above the basic Autosar layer", explained Richard Boldt, Senior Director for the Rhapsody Product marketing at Telelogic.
The software allows users to capture Autosar system models, using specific diagrams, notations and terminology of that standard. It provides five views, or diagrams, that help the engineer to implement the respective functions without having to bother on hardware details. The Systems Diagram, for instance, is used to capture the overall Autosar system, while the Software Component Diagram describes the software architecture, and the ECU Diagram defines the ECU types and their communications ports. Beyond that, the software offers an Internal Behavior Diagram and a Topology Diagram.
Besides Rhapsody, Telelogic also introduced the Tau 3.0 UML modeling system, with a focus that goes far beyond automotive electronics and Autosar.
Available now, the software seems to be scheduled at the right time: By end of the current year, the Autosar organization will finalize its version 2.1, concluding phase one of the Autosar development.
First Autosar products to be implemented in commercial vehicles can be expected around 2008, the Autosar standards organization said.
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