Your Starting Point for Simulation & Validation

SystemDesk acts as the ideal basis for your software-in-the-loop (SIL) process. Based on your existing ECU code, you can create virtual ECUs that make it possible for you to execute and test your code in a cost-effective SIL simulation. If you want to model a new, classic AUTOSAR architecture or modify an existing one, SystemDesk offers powerful yet easy-to-use AUTOSAR architecture tools.

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Application Areas

SystemDesk lays the foundation for successful software-in-the-loop testing. Regardless of whether you are working with Classic AUTOSAR, Adaptive AUTOSAR, or without AUTOSAR (non-AUTOSAR), SystemDesk helps you create your system under test (SUT).

No matter your output data, SystemDesk supports you in creating a virtual ECU (V-ECU). For example, you can import an existing Classic or Adaptive AUTOSAR architecture to use as a basis for configuring your basic software (BSW). In addition, you can use your fully integrated code directly with application software and basic software to create the V-ECU. The generated V-ECU can be simulated using VEOSand forms the basis for your subsequent SILand HIL tests.

Aside from importing an existing architecture, SystemDesk allows you to model your complete AUTOSAR software architecture. An advanced validation function guides you through the individual steps to ensure compliance with the schema. This architecture then forms the basis for implementing the software components and for the basic software configuration.

Key Benefits

Generating V-ECUs

  • Executing ECU code directly on a standard PC by providing RTE, AUTOSAR OS, CAN and LIN stacks, and the MCAL layer.
  • Extreme flexibility for various test scenarios: V-ECUs at the application and basic software level in AUTOSAR and non-AUTOSAR environments.
  • With our many years of experience, dSPACE can provide you with advice and help you implement complex scenarios.


AUTOSAR Modeling

  • From a simple introduction to AUTOSAR to large-scale production projects thanks to sophisticated editors
  • Completely valid AUTOSAR architectures during the entire development process
  • Easy automation of all tasks

Functionality Description
AUTOSAR modeling
  • Modeling of software architectures and systems according to both Classic AUTOSAR and Adaptive AUTOSAR standard
  • Clear overview due to graphical modeling with diagrams
  • Sophisticated editors and dialogs for easy and faultless data entry
  • Data exchange: flexible and easy-to-configure import and export of ARXML files
  • Complete support of the AUTOSAR meta model1)
  • Import of communication matrices (DBC, LDF, FIBEX)
  • Support of AUTOSAR Splittables lets you reimport splitted AUTOSAR elements without changing other parts
V-ECU generation
  • V-ECU generation based on AUTOSAR-compliant and non-AUTOSAR-compliant code
  • Creating V-ECUs for the AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform
  • For testing application software, V-ECUs can include dSPACE basic software
  • For testing basic software or functions that require realistic basic software functions, production basic software can be integrated
  • For testing application software, you can use the mostly automatic configuration and generation of required basic software modules
  • Integration of your own basic software modules (optional), e.g., for diagnostics tests and test of the complete ECU software
  • Let V-ECUs go to sleep state and wake up again during the simulation in VEOS
  • Now supporting basic software based on the ICU, AUTOSAR MCAL modules for VEOS
  • Include your own basic software in V-ECUs, now also based on these new MCAL modules: SPI (Serial Peripheral interface), APU (Angular Processing Unit) and LIN Slave
  • Generation of A2L files including memory sections
  • With a wrapper, existing Classic AUTOSAR Software Components can be turned into Adaptive Applications
Process support
  • Comprehensive rule-based validation of the system architecture and ECU software regarding consistency, correctness, and completeness
  • Easy data exchange with dSPACE’s code generator, TargetLink
  • Usable with every AUTOSAR-compliant basic software configuration tool
  • Support of Classic AUTOSAR Revisions R4.4.0, R4.3.1, R4.3.0 R4.2.2, R4.2.1, R4.1.3, R4.1.2, R4.1.1, R4.0.3, and R4.0.2
  • Support of Adaptive AUTOSAR Release 18.10
  • Include functionalities for realistic sensor input to the V-ECU: to detect rising or falling edges or create angle-based events like for camshaft sensors
  • Completely documented automation API for automating tasks such as report generation, software architecture creation, and automatic V-ECU generation
  • Hyperlink connection between model elements and single requirements in a requirements management tool, such as IBM® Rational® DOORS®
  • Scripts running on Python 3.6
1) SystemDesk 5.x only

We would be happy to help you achieve your goals in the SIL world. Our Engineering Services team can help make a start or changeover as easy as possible for you.

  • They are your partner for creating and discussing ideas, plans, and concepts for SIL testing.
  • They accompany you when you introduce SIL and V-ECU testing in your company
  • They support you in creating a first V- ECU for a proof-of-concept
  • They help you scale SIL testing for many users by automating the V-ECU creation process.
    • For agile development.
    • For continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) processes.
    • For SIL in the cloud.
  • They contribute experience gained in V-ECU projects for OEMs and suppliers from around the world.

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