Called the INTERoperable Embedded Systems Tool chain for Enhanced rapid Design, prototyping and code generation project, it has created an integrated and open reference tool chain for complex safety and mission-critical embedded systems and software development that is not only highly dependable, safe and efficient but also reduces design and deployment costs by up to 50%.
The reference tool chain assimilates tools from European embedded tool vendors into three design domains – system and software design, networking and execution platform, and timing and code analysis – covering the full spectrum of embedded systems and software development.
“It has been a massive effort. The past 12 months alone has seen the completion of 17 integrations between the 11 different tools in the INTERESTED reference tool chain, so far resulting in 14 new product prototypes,” said Eric Bantegnie, CEO of Esterel Technologies and co-ordinator of the INTERESTED consortium.
“This extends from requirements capture down to the actual integration of the code on target, including verification and validation,” said Bantegnie.
The European embedded tool vendors who participated in the INTERESTED consortium included AbsInt Angewandte Informatik (Germany), Atego (UK), Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives (France), Esterel Technologies (France), Evidence (Italy), Symtavision (Germany), Sysgo (Germany) and TTTech Computertechnik (Austria).
The reference tool chain has also been evaluated and validated by embedded tool users, including Airbus Operations S.A.S (France), Thales (France), Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives (France), and Siemens Mobility Division, Rail Automation (Germany) and Magneti Marelli (Italy).
“Airbus Operations S.A.S has estimated that its use of the INTERESTED tool chain resulted in a 48% reduction in overall project effort due mainly to the benefits derived from implementing model-driven processes and automatic code generation,” said the consortium.