dSPACE AutomationDesk 3.0 Offers New Features for More Efficient ECU Testing

Supports parts of the new ASAM "HIL API" (application programming interface) standard

Wixom, MI, Dec. 1, 2009: AutomationDesk by dSPACE is a powerful front end tool for automated hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) testing of the application software or diagnostic functions of electronic control units (ECUs). The newest version of this tool – AutomationDesk 3.0 – supports parts of the new ASAM “HIL API” (application programming interface) standard. The standard defines interfaces for connecting test automation tools like AutomationDesk with any HIL system.

Interface Standardization

By supporting HIL API, AutomationDesk 3.0 makes it even easier for users to reuse tests with any HIL simulator they desire. This protects their investments and reduces the time and cost of development. Moreover, users only need to buy and operate one software tool – even if they want to access different simulators.

XML Import and Export

AutomationDesk 3.0 supports the import and export of projects, tests, and custom libraries as XML files. For example, users can migrate tests created with proprietary or third-party tools to AutomationDesk. All they have to do is to write a suitable converter. Tests can also be generated from third-party tools such as Microsoft Excel.

Expanded Version Control

AutomationDesk supports all tasks during the test process and enables a smooth work flow. Up until now, AutomationDesk supported several people or teams working on the same test project by enabling them to place whole projects and libraries under version control. Now AutomationDesk 3.0 offers more in-depth version control capability: Individual tests and individual test steps can be checked out for editing, etc. Thus, AutomationDesk 3.0 considerably simplifies testing tasks, especially for test teams.

Facts about dSPACE

dSPACE develops and distributes tools for the development of electronic control units (ECUs) and mechatronic systems worldwide. Using dSPACE systems, manufacturers of controllers and ECUs are able to dramatically reduce their development times and costs, and systematically increase their productivity.

dSPACE has over 800 employees worldwide at its headquarters in Paderborn, in the Project Centers at Munich and Stuttgart, and also in the USA (Wixom, MI), France, the UK, Japan and China. In addition, numerous distributors provide customer support in other countries.

Further Information: www.dspace.com