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October 5, 2009

NEC Electronics, KPIT Cummins collaborate on new AUTOSAR 3.0 compatible software package

Enables design of application software without the need for new developments

By CBR Staff Writer

NEC Electronics and KPIT Cummins have collaborated to release the AUTOSAR 3.0-compatible software package for various hardware platforms. The companies said that software package enables design of application software without the need for new developments. The package includes AUTOSAR Basic Software and a comprehensive tool chain, and was developed in close cooperation between the two companies.

According to the companies, an automotive supplier will receive all hardware-independent AUTOSAR basic software modules from KPIT, including the operating system (OS), memory management and communication functions for FlexRay systems, CAN and LIN bus systems. In addition to this, KPIT provides an intuitive user interface (UI) tool suite facilitating AUTOSAR needs in terms of ECU configuration.

NEC Electronics supplies the specified AUTOSAR microcontroller abstraction layer (MCAL), which is optimised on hardware from NEC Electronics and acts as an interface between the hardware-independent basic software and hardware.

Hiroaki Kaneko, general manager of automotive systems division at NEC Electronics, said: We are convinced that our collaboration enables us to support our customers with innovative and efficient AUTOSAR solutions today and in the future. Our customers’ satisfaction is proof of our strategy to search for new and improved features that offer robust solutions in AUTOSAR-compliant software.

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Anup Sable, vice president of automotive & allied engineering at KPIT Cummins, said: We have been continuously seeking to build and offer solutions that speed up and simplify AUTOSAR integration. We expect our AUTOSAR R3.0-compatible solution to further help suppliers in making seamless transition using their well-tested legacy systems.

The AUTOSAR standard defines the software interfaces and unifies them for all manufacturers and is continuously developed by a consortium of automotive manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers and suppliers. Current versions available are Version 3.0 / 3.1.

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