Mentor Graphics and Mecel AB have announced availability of a solution for the design, configuration, generation, and implementation of an AUTOSAR Basic Software (BSW) solution for Versions 4.0.2 and 4.0.3. Mentor Graphics partnered with Mecel, a subsidiary of Delphi Automotive in development of what is said to by the industry’s first complete AUTOSAR 4.x solution for the automotive marketplace. AUTOSAR is currently the largest E/E (electrical/electronic) standardization project in the automotive industry.
The Mentor Graphics previously available AUTOSAR design tools are augmented by the AUTOSAR BSW. Mecel's previous offerings include Mecel Picea BSW, RTE and configuration tools. In their collaboration, Mentor Graphics and Mecel implemented different portions of the configuration tool and software stack which jointly ensured interoperability, enabling both parties to offer the complete stack.
Mentor Graphics and Mecel will both sell the jointly developed tools, and support for the tools will be provided by both companies to their respective customer bases. The AUTOSAR BSW solution includes the Volcano™ VSTAR product and the VSB configuration tool from Mentor Graphics. Mecel calls the AUTOSAR BSW product Mecel Picea Suite and the configuration tool Mecel Picea Workbench. All of these products are available now. Additionally, Mecel will complement this offering with their consulting services to help automakers and suppliers create, configure, customize, and extend AUTOSAR-based systems.
“As a result of the Mecel partnership, Mentor Graphics can now offer an industry-leading, modular, and open tool chain based on our proven tool suite, accompanied by a production-ready AUTOSAR Basic Software solution,” stated Serge Leef, vice president and general manager of the System Level Engineering Division at Mentor. “Mecel’s experienced services operation further enhances the value of this solution.”
Mecel is an automotive software and services operation that has developed several AUTOSAR-based Electronic Control Units (ECUs) based on Picea 3.1 software and tools for production programs. As a result, Mecel gained extensive experience in supporting AUTOSAR ECU projects from design to production.
Mentor Graphics has also provided several generations of AUTOSAR design automation tools and embedded software to the automotive OEMs and suppliers worldwide.
Mecel Picea addresses automotive suppliers’ need to have an efficient tool for configuration and integration when their engineers are developing applications for ECUs. Mecel Picea supports the complete development process with a seamless integrated tool chain and embedded software. Since 2009, Mecel Picea Suite has been delivered to AUTOSAR 3.1 production programs for Volvo Cars, Daimler, and BMW. In addition Mecel has been supporting OEMs and Tier 1s to adapt their existing applications to AUTOSAR-based platform. Mecel has already started to deliver AUTOSAR 4.0 software to Volvo Car suppliers.
The Mentor tool suite for AUTOSAR, named Volcano VSx , includes the Volcano Vehicle System Architect (VSA) product, a systems design and authoring tool for AUTOSAR-based systems. It enables engineers to design AUTOSAR-compatible Software Components (SWC), map them to hardware architectures, and manage the resulting relationships. Additionally, it provides the user with the necessary support for managing large-scale projects with distributed development personnel.