Volvo Trucks and Mentor Graphics Successfully Complete AUTOSAR Project
Wilsonville, OR, June 18, 2007 – Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced successful results of an AUTOSAR demonstrator project recently completed with Volvo® Trucks. AUTOSAR is the standards organization working to create an open standard for automotive engineering architecture. Mentor is a premium member of AUTOSAR. The project entailed completely redeveloping an existing climate control system using AUTOSAR technology. The goal of the project was to increase the knowledge about AUTOSAR within the Volvo group as well as evaluate commercial viability of the AUTOSAR concept itself.
Five months after the start of the project the prototype was successfully integrated and tested in a real truck. “Mentor's turn-around time to implement this helped us to meet our milestones in time.”
AUTOSAR recently released its first set of specifications (release 2.1, January 2007) to be used as the basis for product development. Automotive OEMs and suppliers are looking at the possibility of basing their products and systems on AUTOSAR technology. However, the AUTOSAR partnership stipulated from the beginning that commercial vehicles should not be explicitly considered when developing the AUTOSAR concept. AB Volvo, being a commercial vehicle manufacturer (trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine engines) as well as an AUTOSAR Premium Member, decided to evaluate the AUTOSAR concept from a commercial vehicle manufacturer’s perspective to verify whether the AUTOSAR standard can handle the special needs of this domain, without getting into conflicts.
In the project, Mentor Graphics was the main contractor responsible for developing and integrating the entire basic software, i.e. the AUTOSAR middleware platform, with the operating system and the run time environment generator being developed by Live Devices of ETAS Group.
A key element in Mentor Graphics tool development for this project was the adaptation of VNA (Volcano Network Architect) into the design flow, enabling predictable network communication over CAN (Controller Area Network) even in the context of AUTOSAR.
Five months after the start of the project the prototype was successfully integrated and tested in a real truck. “Mentor's turn-around time to implement this helped us to meet our milestones in time,” said Joakim Ohlsson, Senior Software Architect, Volvo 3P. “The prototype included support for commercial vehicle-specific bus protocols such as SAE J1587 as well as advanced control of actuators such as stepper motors. The application was also split in different ways over ECUs to test the transferability of functions (atomic software components, SWC) across the network.”
Results from the demonstrator project indicate: (i) the major AUTOSAR concepts are working; (ii) it is possible to handle special needs for commercial vehicles; and (iii) AUTOSAR components and tools are mature enough to start concept studies targeting product development.
“Mentor's expertise in AUTOSAR and its commitment to the customer showed in the timely delivery of products as well as technical support for the integration effort that led to a successful closure of the project within a very short time,” said Serge Leef, general manager, Mentor Graphics System Level Engineering Division. “We believe our investment and commitment in this area will ultimately lead to tremendous benefits for our customers. These recent results are an important milestone in the road to commercial deployment of AUTOSAR standards.”
Mentor is a premium member of AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture), which is a global development partnership of automotive manufacturers, suppliers and companies specializing in electronics, semiconductors and software.
Since 2003, these companies have been working to develop and establish an open standardized software architecture for the automotive industry. By facilitating the exchange and updating of software and hardware, AUTOSAR will be an enabling technology to manage the growing complexity of automotive electrical and electronic architecture in vehicles and to improve cost efficiency without making compromises on quality. The core partners in AUTOSAR are the BMW Group, Bosch, Continental, DaimlerChrysler, Ford, Opel, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Siemens VDO Automotive, Toyota and Volkswagen. In addition to these companies, approximately 50 “premium members” also play an important role in the partnership. AUTOSAR specifications can be used free of charge by companies that join the development partnership.
Shanghai Automotive Industries Corporation
Shanghai Automotive Industries Adopts Mentor Graphics Volcano Automotive Network Design Tools
WILSONVILLE, Ore. Jan. 11, 2006– Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced that the Shanghai Automotive Industries Corporation (SAIC) has purchased Mentor's Volcano™ network design and testing tools to design automotive vehicle networks for SAIC's self-branded platforms. SAIC will use the Volcano Network Architect (VNA) and the Volcano TELLUS test and validation solutions. The company is the latest to join the long list of Volcano customers that includes Audi, BMW, Bosch, Visteon and Volvo.
“We are pleased to engage with an exciting company like SAIC to bring sophisticated electronic systems to the rapidly expanding Chinese automotive market. This arrangement is a prime example of Mentor's commitment to the global automotive industry.”
The Mentor Graphics Volcano solution provides SAIC with comprehensive networking and data communication design tools that support the development of in-vehicle networking systems. By using Volcano, network design is made easy and predictable, guaranteeing data communication, which reduces the verification effort to almost zero and eliminates warranty and change costs caused by networking issues. SAIC will use the Volcano TELLUS test and validation tools to automatically verify the communication parameters of the vehicle.
New Technology Department vice director Fei Hao of SAIC Automotive Engineering Academy said, "Mentor Graphics' Volcano suite for automotive networking enables us to develop our vehicles' multiplexed communication systems substantially quicker than starting from new platform design. SAIC design engineers can focus on the vehicles' characteristics, leaving the implementation of the communication to the Volcano tools. The tool suite is the ideal solution for companies like SAIC, challenged with taking a technological leap in terms of introducing multiplexed solutions concurrent with launching a new car."
"We are pleased to engage with an exciting company like SAIC to bring sophisticated electronic systems to the rapidly expanding Chinese automotive market," said Serge Leef, general manager for Mentor Graphics System Level Engineering Division. "This arrangement is a prime example of Mentor's commitment to the global automotive industry."
Ford Motor Company
Mentor Graphics Announces Ford is to Standardize on the Capital Electrical Design Tools Worldwide
Convergence® Conference, Detroit, MI, October 17, 2006 – Mentor Graphics Corporation announced today Ford Motor Company’s decision to standardize worldwide on Mentor Graphics Capital flow for the design of vehicle electrical systems. The intent is that Capital will be used by the entire Ford group including the Jaguar®, Land Rover®, Mazda® and Volvo® brands. Ford Motor Company will deploy Capital’s powerful electrical system design and integration software, and also the Capital harness engineering and costing tools.
“By standardizing on Capital, Ford will achieve cost, reliability and time-to-market advantages in terms of part number control, design error reduction and architectural optimization.”
This full Capital flow provides Ford with significantly enhanced engineering productivity by automating time consuming tasks. More importantly, Capital’s generative design flow promotes component and system re-use, thus consolidating purchasing volumes, and provides a rules-driven correct-by-construction paradigm that eliminates wiring integration errors. Using unique wiring synthesis technologies, Capital automates construction of all wiring interconnects taking into account the multiple options and variants that derive from the marketing configuration complexity of modern automobiles.
Because Ford will also adopt Mentor’s harness engineering and costing tools, data can be readily flowed throughout the design process, including to the tier 1 harness supplier base. This not only encourages a design-for-manufacture outlook but also supports robust design change processes.
Fundamental to Capital is the philosophy that design data management is key to solving the problem of electrical design complexity. Much of this complexity derives from the huge configuration challenge noted above, a problem faced by Ford and indeed all automotive OEMs. Capital is a data-centric toolset, with each software application built around a common object model contained within the Capital Manager application. By capturing and acting on the complex configuration relationships during the electrical design flow, Capital allows this complexity to be properly managed.
“By adopting Capital, Ford Motor Company is taking a very strong position in the deployment of these modern technologies. The electrical system is a high impact aspect of a modern automobile. By standardizing on Capital, Ford will achieve cost, reliability and time-to-market advantages in terms of part number control, design error reduction and architectural optimization” said Martin O’Brien, general manager of Mentor’s Integrated Electrical Systems Division.