dSPACE Announces Collaboration with Motorola to Create Advanced Software for Optimizing Electronic Control Units

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from dSPACE

    NORTHVILLE, Mich., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola, Inc., a leading
 supplier of semiconductors to the automotive industry, and dSPACE, a leading
 producer of prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop engineering development
 tools, today announced an agreement for mutual product development and
 support.
     Motorola and dSPACE plan to develop tools to help boost efficiency and cut
 the time necessary for developing and testing software for electronic control
 units (ECUs).  The two firms plan to jointly develop target optimization
 modules, which will be used for Motorola's automotive processors, HC12 and
 MPC555.  The processors will be integrated with dSPACE's production-quality
 code generator -- TargetLink.
     The agreement was announced at the Embedded Systems Conference West 2001,
 April 10-12, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.  Attendance is
 expected to exceed 16,000 for the three-day conference.
     Motorola plans to collaborate with dSPACE on early specifications of
 advanced processors and their instruction set simulators, before the first
 engineering samples of new processor architectures are available.  In
 exchange, dSPACE will implement evaluation board support and target
 optimization modules in the dSPACE TargetLink tool.  The simultaneous
 development of processors and corresponding code generators anticipates
 production-quality code generation from TargetLink to be available at almost
 the same time new processors enter the market.
     "It is impressive how the TargetLink optimization module harnesses the
 potential performance of our microprocessors -- both the PowerPC(TM) family
 and the HC12 family," states Salim Momin, Motorola's Virtual Garage manager.
 "As processors become increasingly sophisticated, their complexity increases.
 TargetLink will help software developers in the embedded industry meet the
 challenges of that complexity, while also helping them benefit from the
 advances in technology.  This is yet another example of how Motorola
 collaborates to offer the industry's richest portfolio of embedded solutions
 technologies, software, tools, services and knowledge."
     Using a code generator such as TargetLink guarantees that all potential
 optimizations are used consistently -- a guarantee not possible with
 handwritten code.  As an additional benefit, TargetLink generates target-
 specific code for a compiler/processor combination by using compiler-specific
 language extensions, inline assembly and specific code that directly accesses
 the processor architecture.  This creates more efficient code, especially in
 comparison to generic ANSI C code.
     "Automatic code generation for embedded systems is a strong, viable
 alternative to handwritten code only if it meets hard, real-time requirements
 while sparing processor resources.  This can only be achieved by target-aware
 code generators like TargetLink that are specifically written for a given
 processor/compiler combination," says Thomas Thomsen, TargetLink product
 manager at dSPACE.
     "With this agreement, Motorola and dSPACE have bridged a gap between
 engineering and consulting by supplying powerful microcontrollers and using
 intelligent, third-party development tools," Thomsen notes.
 
     About dSPACE
     dSPACE is a leading producer of prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop
 engineering development tools.  It has headquarters in Paderborn, Germany and
 an engineering project center in Munich, Germany.  In addition to its
 Northville, Michigan subsidiary, the company also has locations in Europe,
 Australia, China, Japan, India, Israel, Korea, and Taiwan.  Today, more than
 6,000 dSPACE systems are in use worldwide, serving customers in the
 automotive, aerospace, agricultural, educational, engineering, robotics and
 noise and vibration industries.  More information is on the Internet at
 www.dspaceinc.com .
 
 

SOURCE dSPACE
    NORTHVILLE, Mich., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Motorola, Inc., a leading
 supplier of semiconductors to the automotive industry, and dSPACE, a leading
 producer of prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop engineering development
 tools, today announced an agreement for mutual product development and
 support.
     Motorola and dSPACE plan to develop tools to help boost efficiency and cut
 the time necessary for developing and testing software for electronic control
 units (ECUs).  The two firms plan to jointly develop target optimization
 modules, which will be used for Motorola's automotive processors, HC12 and
 MPC555.  The processors will be integrated with dSPACE's production-quality
 code generator -- TargetLink.
     The agreement was announced at the Embedded Systems Conference West 2001,
 April 10-12, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.  Attendance is
 expected to exceed 16,000 for the three-day conference.
     Motorola plans to collaborate with dSPACE on early specifications of
 advanced processors and their instruction set simulators, before the first
 engineering samples of new processor architectures are available.  In
 exchange, dSPACE will implement evaluation board support and target
 optimization modules in the dSPACE TargetLink tool.  The simultaneous
 development of processors and corresponding code generators anticipates
 production-quality code generation from TargetLink to be available at almost
 the same time new processors enter the market.
     "It is impressive how the TargetLink optimization module harnesses the
 potential performance of our microprocessors -- both the PowerPC(TM) family
 and the HC12 family," states Salim Momin, Motorola's Virtual Garage manager.
 "As processors become increasingly sophisticated, their complexity increases.
 TargetLink will help software developers in the embedded industry meet the
 challenges of that complexity, while also helping them benefit from the
 advances in technology.  This is yet another example of how Motorola
 collaborates to offer the industry's richest portfolio of embedded solutions
 technologies, software, tools, services and knowledge."
     Using a code generator such as TargetLink guarantees that all potential
 optimizations are used consistently -- a guarantee not possible with
 handwritten code.  As an additional benefit, TargetLink generates target-
 specific code for a compiler/processor combination by using compiler-specific
 language extensions, inline assembly and specific code that directly accesses
 the processor architecture.  This creates more efficient code, especially in
 comparison to generic ANSI C code.
     "Automatic code generation for embedded systems is a strong, viable
 alternative to handwritten code only if it meets hard, real-time requirements
 while sparing processor resources.  This can only be achieved by target-aware
 code generators like TargetLink that are specifically written for a given
 processor/compiler combination," says Thomas Thomsen, TargetLink product
 manager at dSPACE.
     "With this agreement, Motorola and dSPACE have bridged a gap between
 engineering and consulting by supplying powerful microcontrollers and using
 intelligent, third-party development tools," Thomsen notes.
 
     About dSPACE
     dSPACE is a leading producer of prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop
 engineering development tools.  It has headquarters in Paderborn, Germany and
 an engineering project center in Munich, Germany.  In addition to its
 Northville, Michigan subsidiary, the company also has locations in Europe,
 Australia, China, Japan, India, Israel, Korea, and Taiwan.  Today, more than
 6,000 dSPACE systems are in use worldwide, serving customers in the
 automotive, aerospace, agricultural, educational, engineering, robotics and
 noise and vibration industries.  More information is on the Internet at
 www.dspaceinc.com .
 
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