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System Architecture Software

SystemDesk is a system architecture tool that provides sophisticated and extensive support for modeling AUTOSAR architectures and systems for application software. Additionally, SystemDesk generates virtual ECUs (V-ECUs) out of the application software. The V-ECUs can be used as units under test with the dSPACE simulation platforms, such as the PC-based simulation platform VEOS for validating the ECU software.

  • News: SystemDesk 4.6

    • The new V-ECU Manager gives explicit access to the content of V-ECU implementations on file level. It provides an
      • Engineering interface for creating Non-AUTOSAR V-ECUs
      • Engineering interface for creating AUTOSAR V-ECUs from complete ECU code, including the RTE and BSW
    • Improved usability of the BSW module editor for a more convenient manual configuration of basic software components
    • New features for generating the Runtime Environment (RTE), resulting in a more complete RTE for simulation purposes
    • Different layouts for AUTOSAR architects and integrators of V-ECUs, giving them an easier start into their projects
    • Supported AUTOSAR revisions:
      • R4.2.2, R4.2.1
      • R4.1.3, R4.1.2, R4.1.1
      • R4.0.3 and R4.0.2

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  • Successful ECU Software Development with SystemDesk and EB tresos Studio

    Webinar Recording: This webinar demonstrates how to develop ECU software from the software architecture to the basic software with SystemDesk and EB tresos Studio.

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  • Generating Virtual Electronic Control Units Based on AUTOSAR

    Webinar Recording: This webinar demonstrates how to generate virtual electronic control units (V-ECUs) based on AUTOSAR, including the integration of basic software components.

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  • Introducing AUTOSAR, Workflows and Tools

    Webinar Recording: This webinar, hosted by dSPACE and Elektrobit, provides a basic introduction to the up-and-coming AUTOSAR standard for developing in-vehicle software.

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  • AUTOSAR implemented

    To optimize cooperation with the electronic control unit suppliers, PSA decided to make the development process for drivetrain ECUs AUTOSAR-compliant. To do this efficiently, PSA set up a tool chain that seamlessly supports elementary process steps from creating the architecture to actual implementation. Several AUTOSAR-compliant production projects have since been successfully completed.

  • Success in series

    From the very beginning, dSPACE has actively supported the development and widespread use of the AUTOSAR standard and has inspired many customers to work with dSPACE’s AUTOSAR-supporting tools. The many successful projects and innovative developments encourage dSPACE to further boost AUTOSAR support. Joachim Stroop, Lead Product Manager and AUTOSAR expert at dSPACE, gives insight into the current activities.

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  • Virtual ECUs in Action

    Classic hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation uses the real electronic control units (ECUs) to test whether their software functions correctly. Now virtual validation and virtual ECUs are providing new potential for more efficient, high-quality HIL simulation tests.

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  • Design and Analysis of a Controller

    From the System Design Idea to AUTOSAR Architecture with Basic Software Modules.

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  • Safely Excluding Serious Errors

    In model-based development, software is developed at a high level of abstraction, i.e., as a model, and the C code implementation is automatically generated from the model. The high degree of abstraction allows intuitive application development and increases development efficiency.

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Application Areas

SystemDesk is a system architecture tool that provides sophisticated and extensive support for modeling AUTOSAR architectures and systems for application software. Comprehensive graphical support facilitates the first use but also enables efficient and error-reduced working during large-scale projects.

Additionally SystemDesk makes validating ECU application software possible at an early development stage. Therefore, virtual ECUs (V-ECUs) are generated out of the application software and used as units under test with the dSPACE simulation platforms, such as the PC-based simulation platform VEOS for validating the ECU software.

Key Benefits

  • Efficient use due to convenient dialogs, editors, and graphical diagrams
  • Easy-to-use tool even for beginners of AUTOSAR
  • Easy and fast generation of virtual ECUs for validation purposes
  • Reliable project quality through comprehensive rule-based validation of consistency and correctness
  • Convenient development process due to automation of recurring tasks or remote control by third-party tools via the automation API  

Functionality Description
AUTOSAR modeling
  • Modeling of software architectures and systems according to the 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 AUTOSAR meta model1)
  • Import of communication matrices (DBC, LDF, FIBEX)
V-ECU generation
  • Generation of virtual ECUs for simulation with VEOS, SCALEXIO and MicroAutoBox II
  • Easy and mostly automatic integration
  • Mostly automatic configuration and generation of required basic software modules according to the system requirements
  • Partial configuration of basic software (such as COM)
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
  • Coupleable with every AUTOSAR-compliant basic software configuration tool
  • 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 requirement management tool such as IBM Rational® DOORS®


1) SystemDesk 4.x only

Application Areas

The SystemDesk Modeling Module enables the modeling of AUTOSAR software architectures and systems containing one or more networked AUTOSAR ECUs. It supports the software architecture development process from modeling software components (SWCs) to specifying system aspects including the hardware topology and network communication.

Key Benefits

  • Easy workflow and intuitive working environment
  • Easy start in working with AUTOSAR
  • Ideally suited for large production projects
  • Reliable data exchange between different project members

Application Areas

For virtual validation applications, the SystemDesk V-ECU Generation Module lets you configure and generate virtual ECUs (V-ECUs). V-ECUs enable you to test the system's overall behavior with the PC-based simulation platform VEOS, the hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulator SCALEXIO® or the rapid control prototyping (RCP) platform MicroAutoBox II as soon as the implementation with C code is available.

Key Benefits

  • Guided creation of virtual ECUs out of the software architecture
  • Automatic configuration of the basic software for simple and fast preparation of V-ECUs
  • Automatic processes for V-ECU generation possible due to complete automation API
  • Comprehensive validation of software architecture model for direct feedback in case of problems

Working with SystemDesk

SystemDesk supports your development process with numerous features for intuitive working:

AUTOSAR-Compliant Modeling
Use SystemDesk’s authoring capabilities to create and edit software architecture and system descriptions according to the AUTOSAR standard.
Generation of Virtual ECUs for Simulation
Use SystemDesk to generate virtual ECUs (V-ECUs) that include basic software modules to get a realistic representation of the real ECU. Simulate the V-ECU with VEOS, SCALEXIO® or MicroAutoBox II to validate your software when a hardware prototype is not available (yet).
Dialogs and Diagrams
For an easy and efficient capture and configuration of common AUTOSAR data, SystemDesk offers convenient, pre-configured dialogs. Additionally special diagrams of the software architecture and system elements help to keep an overview over your model.
Data Exchange with TargetLink
You can exchange data seamlessly between SystemDesk and dSPACE's production code generator TargetLink. This gives you a safe process in a model-based development environment for including the actual functionality in the software architecture.
Project Validation
Use SystemDesk’s validation to ensure that your AUTOSAR architecture is complete and consistent before giving it to a project partner for BSW configuration and before generating a V-ECU – save time by finding problems as early as possible. You can define your own custom validation rules to also check for company-specific project requirements.
Complete and Documented Tool API
Use the open tool API to automate recurring design tasks and extend the features of SystemDesk according to project-specific requirements or even use it to create a completely automated tool chain for V-ECU generation.
Import and Export of AUTOSAR Files
SystemDesk offers comprehensive features for importing and exporting AUTOSAR files. You can flexibly configure the data to be included in each individual project. Import and export are done with just a few clicks.
Connecting and using configuration and version management tools with SystemDesk is made easy with special import and export options.

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