Thursday, July 23, 2015

Register Now! Seminar on “Model-based Calibration and Other Advanced Calibration Techniques”

Join us for a free seminar where we will provide an overview of the current status of model-based calibration and discuss several specific model-based calibration/design of experiments use cases. You will also learn about the latest advances in interactive ECU documentation and guided calibration. All the approaches covered in the seminar have one thing in common: They alleviate the challenges that come along with the increasing complexity of today’s embedded control systems, and enable you to turn around projects faster and with higher quality.

Monday, October 5, 2015, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm (evening before Commercial Vehicle Congress)
O’Hare Hyatt Regency
9300 Bryn Mawr Ave
Rosemont, IL 60018 

Agenda Highlights:
  • Model Based Calibration Today. Thorsten Huber, ETAS GmbH
  • Global DoE, Modeling and Optimization with ASCMO at Navistar. Eduardo Nigro, Navistar Inc.
  • Use Case: Online DoE Solution with A&D ORION. Don Nutter, A&D Technology, Inc
  • Dynamic System Modeling and Simulation with ETAS ASCMO. Tobias Gutjahr, ETAS Inc.
  • No More Sifting Through Huge PDF Files – Manage your ECU Software Documentation Interactively. Jayesh Patel, ETAS Inc.
  • The Benefits of Using Guided Calibration. Rose Ryan, ETAS Inc.
  • Social Hour with time for questions and hands-on demonstrations and of course, networking with your peers from the industry (refreshments and appetizers served).

Social Hour only option: 
If advanced calibration is not your main area of interest, but you happen to be in town for the Commercial Vehicle Congress, we'd love to have you for the Social Hour only, beginning at 7:30 pm. Come to meet and mingle with the ETAS experts and your industry peers.

There is no charge to attend the seminar and/or the social hour, but pre-registration is required.

For the full agenda, visit the ETAS website. For questions, please contact us at

Monday, July 20, 2015

Integrating Virtual ECU into a Virtual E/E Network

In a previous blogpost Dave Howarth explained perfectly in only few words why an AUTOSAR based architecture makes it easier to realize the benefit of virtualization. The recent new release of our Virtual ECU solution EVE gives me the opportunity to illustrate this with use cases that are now made easier to realize thanks to the new features it provides.

EVE belongs to the ETAS AUTOSAR portfolio and allows for the testing of AUTOSAR-SW components on the PC and the generation of Virtual ECUs.

ISOLAR-EVE provides an Eclipse platform natively supporting AUTOSAR. From the very first release 2 years ago it embeds the RTA-OS, proven in billions of vehicles already on the road, allowing integration into customer-environments thanks to open “Virtual-Device” interfaces. Version 2.1 of the tool already covers closed-loop validation thanks to the S-function generation feature, enabling the integration of the Virtual ECU into Simulink.

Now with V2.2, EVE goes one step further, seamlessly integrating rest-bus simulation tools. The Virtual ECU can now be tested in its native E/E environment using the industry-standard tools that are widely used in established AUTOSAR domains such as in the development of high-level vehicle functions or body controllers. CAN frames can then easily be sent and received to and from the Virtual ECU at MCAL level. The AUTOSAR COM stack interfaces with the MCAL and provides application data to the RTE. Testing ranging from  the Basic Software to Application layer can be performed manually or using text scripts offering unprecedented test-depth and scalability in the virtual environment. Basic Software Modules from other vendors can also be integrated and tested.

CANoe from Vector as well as its open-source alternative BUSMASTER are supported.

Additionally, V2.2 introduces two other main features facilitating the usage and deployment of the Virtual ECU in existing environments.

Firstly it is now possible to connect any kind of software supporting XCP communication to any EVE Virtual ECU in Simulated or Real Time to visualize variables and modify parameters. With this the standardized Measurement & Calibration interface can be used to read and write variables and calibration data to the Virtual ECU just as you would with a real ECU.

Secondly we implemented a run-time licensing in order to distribute Windows executables generated with ISOLAR-EVE to a wide audience of users. The run-time license allows users to perform all required tests, just as they would with a real ECU but they are no longer able to modify the ECU code itself. Access to the Virtual ECU during execution is possible the same way than with the full ISOLAR-EVE license, either via XCP communication using ETAS INCA or via Virtual Devices.

ISOLAR-EVE users have also been kept in mind with many improvements to make their life easier and their work more efficient. In particular, the Virtual-Device configuration has been re implemented in a user-friendly, test-case-oriented GUI. The same treatment has been applied to the GUIs supporting generation of Simulink S-functions or FMUs. Several pre-compile checking tools have also been integrated with an incremental build in order to speed-up the generation process.

Learn more about ETAS ISOLAR-EVE on the ETAS website or contact me for an individual presentation about what EVE can bring to your AUTOSAR Software testing process.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ETAS'-sponsored Palatov D2RS wins Pike Peak 2015 Open Class

Long term persistence and drive pays off in winning the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2015 Open Class by the Palatov D2RS. ETAS is a proud sponsor of the Palatov Team!

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, also known as "the race to the clouds," is the second oldest auto race in the U.S. It is a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns ending at the 14110 foot summit of Pikes Peak. It can also be quite dangerous, as can be seen in the many YouTube videos of vehicles with very close calls of going over the cliff.

This year, the Open Class was won by Dennis Palatov's D2RS car, driven by Johnathon Frost.

I have known Dennis Palatov for many years. He is a truly gifted engineer, and is one of the most persistent and resilient people I know. He has overcome many challenges to develop and bring to market his line of performance automobiles. It's fun to see how a small organization can be very nimble in the design approach and can quickly adapt to a changing environment. Dennis always pushes for the highest performance possible, and this win is a clear indication.

YouTube - Pikes Peak

Palatov Blog - Pikes Peak

Check out Dennis's current and past Blog entries.