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XIL Cross Tests

XIL API Enables Easy Exchange

In the automotive sector, various vendors offer a selection of development tools, which gives developers of electronic control units a choice between a wide range of test tools and test platforms to set up their tool chain. To allow development teams to always meet their needs and choose best-in-class products, they must be able to mix and match products from different vendors without costly integration efforts. For this reason, the generic simulator interface XIL API is implemented on test tools and test benches, enabling easy data exchange between products of different vendors.

Why XIL Cross Tests?

The interoperability of XIL API-compliant products is checked on a regular basis. For this purpose, the major vendors of development tools for automotive applications meet to carry out cross tests on their products. During these tests, they connect their test tools to third-party test benches to evaluate if their test software is able to communicate with test hardware from other manufacturers without issues. In addition, cross tests are also a good opportunity for the active XIL API user base to discuss and process potential issues related to the standard, thus enabling its continuous improvement.

Last Cross Test Demonstrated Good Interoperability

The last cross test successfully took place at dSPACE GmbH in Paderborn on 13 and 14 July 2016 and demonstrated a good interoperability of test tools and test benches using XIL API interfaces. The tests covered a wide range of use cases and functionalities of the MAPort, which were defined by end users and tool vendors of the XIL API workgroup. In the project, a vendor-independent test suite was developed based on NUnit together with a Test Result Reporter.

The following test functionalities were evaluated systematically: 

  • Processing metadata and initializing/de-initializing the Model Access Port
  • Reading and writing variables (of different types)
  • Sophisticated capturing of signals (including triggers), and signal generation

Another cross test will be conducted in 2017 to ensure that all issues found during the last session have been solved and removed.

The following companies joined dSPACE in the last cross test event:

  • Volkswagen AG
  • carts GmbH/MicroNova AG
  • embeddeers GmbH
  • National Instruments GmbH
  • TraceTronic GmbH
  • Vector Informatik GmbH

Learn more about the latest cross tests carried out at dSPACE in a detailed report on the related ASAM website.

XIL cross tests are carried out regularly by the major vendors of development tools to check the interoperability of test tools and test benches among vendors.