Monday, October 24, 2016

ETAS Inc. announces Eric Cesa as new General Manager


For Immediate Release

ETAS is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Cesa as our new General Manager and Vice President Sales, North America and Brazil. ETAS has been a mainstay in the automotive industry for 20+ years, designing and producing hardware and software tools for engineers who design, develop and validate embedded control systems. Established in 1997, ETAS Inc., located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the North American branch office of ETAS GmbH, a 100-percent subsidiary of the Bosch Group.

Prior to joining ETAS, Eric Cesa was President, LHP Software Solutions, where he led the company’s consulting and engineering services division. He also served as Director, Global Systems Engineering for Tenneco and Manager, Calibration Engineering at Impco Technologies. Eric brings vast experience in the development of complex systems supporting industries from automotive to commercial vehicle to industrial products.

Eric Cesa, General Manager and Vice President Sales, North America and Brazil
Eric’s skills will further enhance the capabilities of ETAS to provide integrated solutions designed to increase quality and efficiency in the development of embedded systems. “I am very excited to have joined the team at ETAS”, affirms Eric. “ETAS is committed to supply the embedded industry with innovative and enduring products and I am delighted to be part of the team to ensure the continued success of our customers.”

About ETAS
ETAS provides innovative solutions for the development of embedded systems for the automotive industry and other sectors of the embedded industry. As a systems provider, ETAS supplies a multifaceted portfolio that covers the range from integrated tools and tool solutions to engineering services, consulting, training, and support. Security solutions in the area of embedded systems are offered by the ETAS subsidiary ESCRYPT. Established in 1994, ETAS GmbH is a 100-percent subsidiary of the Bosch Group, with international subsidiaries and sales offices in 14 countries in Europe, North and South America, and Asia
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For more information, visit www.etas.com



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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Join ETAS at SAE Small Engine Technology Conference and Exposition
















SAE Small Engine Technology Conference takes place in Charleston, South Carolina, November 15 - 17. The event brings together OEMs, suppliers, and academia from around the world to discuss the latest challenges and developments in small engine technology, ranging from ATVs, scooters and motorcycles to portable power generators, lawnmowers and hand tools.

Many of ETAS' products can be applied in the small engine domain. ETAS provides tools and solutions for the entire embedded controls development process,from the Application Development Platform to Measurement/Calibration/Flashing to Calibration Scripting/Automation to Model Based Optimization and more.

Visit us at booth 300 where we will demonstrate our tools and solutions and chat with our product experts.  We look forward seeing you!




Visit ETAS at Automotive Testing Expo North America, October 25 - 27



ETAS is excited to be part of Automotive Testing Expo where you can see the very latest technologies and services that are designed to ensure that the highest standards are met in terms of product quality, reliability, durability and safety. Testing Expo takes place October 25 - 27 at the Suburban Showplace, in Novi, Michigan.


ETAS HiL Solutions come in all sizes
At the ETAS booth we are featuring our NETWORK-LABCAR, a test environment that gives developers the tools they need to efficiently and comprehensively perform the testing required to validate the highly complex network of electronic control units installed in today’s vehicles, and to thoroughly verify the functional safety of those software-controlled vehicle systems.

We are also displaying the FETK High-speed Microcontroller and the ES891 ECU and Bus Interface Module, which when combined with the ETAS' INCA measurement and calibration software, provides OEMs with a modular system that meets the higher performance requirements for validating electronic systems in the next generations of vehicles.

Visit us at booth 11003 to talk to our product experts about what's new at ETAS or just to say hi and grab a quick cup of coffee and some cookies. We look forward to seeing you!

Achieving the next level in ECU calibration efficiency


For Immediate Release
 
With vehicle control functions becoming more complex, the current approach to calibration has to change because otherwise, the effort and means needed to conduct calibration projects will escalate to non-sustain­able levels. New emissions legislation, a higher number of vehicle variants, more complex electromechanical systems, networked functions across domains, and electrifi­cation of the powertrain – these are the main drivers behind this increase in complexity.

One of the main ways to counteract this trend is to reduce the time needed to perform calibration in the vehicle. An all-too common occurrence is that after test drives have been conducted, calibration engineers cannot find the root cause of an issue because information is missing from the recorded measurement data file. Due to system performance limitations, only a subset of all ECU signals are recorded, and this subset often turns out to be insufficient for analysis. Engineers are forced to reproduce the issue in an additional drive cycle, repeating all the effort required to set up the vehicle system and adjust the recording config­uration. The next generation of ETAS measurement and calibration products addresses this lack of efficiency, enabling engineers to measure all signals during the calibration of a powertrain ECU. This results in fewer test drives, less time to finish the calibration tasks, and fewer vehicle prototypes needed.


ETAS’ next generation of measurement and calibration products
With the release of the new FETK High-speed Microcontroller and the ES891 ECU and Bus Interface
ETAS ES891 and FETK
Module, ETAS has deployed a high-performance solution for measuring and calibrating powertrain ECUs. ETAS’ INCA V7.2 Measurement and Calibration Software completes the solution, which can be applied in vehicles, in the lab, or in virtual environments. This system provides a data throughput 20 times higher than current systems with hardly any effect on ECU runtime. Depending on the ECU setup, the new products will be able to handle more than 40,000 variables, mastering up to two ECU connections within one ES891. Signals out of CAN, CAN FD, FlexRay, and LIN buses as well as from digital and analog I/Os can also be handled with a highly accurate time synchronization of less than 1 microsecond. Moreover, the system can be easily expanded by combining more than one ES891 or further devices from the new high-performance ES800 family, simply by stacking the devices on top of each other without any additional cabling.


To transfer these immense amounts of data into the ETAS INCA measurement and calibration software, the ES891 connects to the PC with a high-speed Gigabit Ethernet connection, allowing data rates of up to 120 MB/s. Open standards such as XCP-on-Ethernet for ECU access and IEEE1588 for time synchronization make it easy to integrate FETK/ES891 with third-party hardware and software tools.


“With the ETAS FETK/ES891 solution, OEMs will be ready to implement a modular system that meets the higher performance requirements for validating electronic systems in the next generations of vehicles,” explains Tim Foster, Manager Measurement, Calibration and Diagnostic Solutions at ETAS Inc. in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “This system, together with ETAS INCA 7.2, will significantly increase both the efficiency and quality of the calibration and validation of electronic systems in the vehicle, in the lab, and in virtual environments.”

About ETAS
ETAS provides innovative solutions for the development of embedded systems for the automotive industry and other sectors of the embedded industry.

As a systems provider, ETAS supplies a multifaceted portfolio that covers the range from integrated tools and tool solutions to engineering services, consulting, training, and support. Security solutions in the area of embedded systems are offered by the ETAS subsidiary ESCRYPT. Established in 1994, ETAS GmbH is a 100-percent subsidiary of the Bosch Group, with international subsidiaries and sales offices in 14 countries in Europe, North and South America, and Asia.

For more information, visit www.etas.com



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Scalable ECU Network in-the-Loop


For Immediate Release


The number and range of functions available in electronic control units (ECUs) distributed across all
vehicle domains have seen a further sharp increase in recent years. Consequently, so has the amount of testing that needs to be done. To manage the increasing testing required in the time available, despite ever shrinking development cycles, and to maintain cost control over the long term, software testing is now being done long before the test vehicles are ready. One key to this is Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) testing.

In recent years, ETAS has been continuously expanding the possibilities for this kind of virtual testing, even beyond individual ECUs: NETWORK-LABCAR is one solution for testing highly connected ECUs in-the-loop. It gives developers the tools they need to efficiently and comprehensively perform the testing required to validate the highly complex network of electronic control units installed in today’s vehicles, and to thoroughly verify the functional safety of those software-controlled vehicle systems.

Component HiLs easily connect to network HiL
Complex vehicle functions in particular – from hybrid drives to adaptive chassis to active safety systems – increasingly rely on multiple ECUs. ETAS offers a way to test individual ECUs or clusters of relevant ECUs or, if needed, even the entire vehicle network. The data for this is transmitted between the component HiLs via Gigabit Ethernet synchronously and in real time. This process is crucial to ensure realistic testing of the complex interaction between the ECUs. It requires a system setup with three separate network buses that are responsible for specific tasks: one bus is reserved for data exchange with a host PC running the LABCAR operating and automation software. A second bus ensures the synchronization of the respective integrated component HiLs, while a third one ensures real‑time communication in the network.


Three buses connect the HiL systems to the ETAS NETWORK-LABCAR.

The new NETWORK-LABCAR solution is based on the latest versions of the LABCAR-OPERATOR software and the LABCAR-RTPC (Real-Time PC) simulation target. The latter turns a PC into a high-performance simulation target that computes highly complex models with cycle times under 0.5 ms and satisfies tough real-time requirements. Any number of RTPCs can be integrated into the new ETAS system.

Flexible, modular concept
The ability to combine powerful simulation targets, real-time communication, and the synchronization of a scalable number of domain-specific HiLs using the Precision Time Protocol (PTP) defined in the IEEE 1588 standard gives development departments a high degree of flexibility.

Users can gradually expand the network HiL as desired simply by merging individual component HiLs, thus approximating the growing system complexity. This approach also allows users to switch from the overall network view to the individual view of the relevant connected component HiLs at any time. Users can integrate software tested in other projects, or earlier software versions of their own project. This “blurred transition” option is unique on the market. ETAS also offers a large selection of simulation models, for instance for internal-combustion and electric engines, powertrains, fuel cells, and complete vehicles.

Full cost control
The use of proven, standardized technology and the systematic focus on scalability make NETWORK-LABCAR a future-proof solution that continually finds appropriate answers to the growing complexity of connected vehicles. This ensures that not only complexity remains manageable, but also development costs. For instance, virtualized tests can be carried out in parallel at different locations 24/7. And because correcting software errors becomes more costly the closer you move to production launch, the more realistic the scenarios are in which early software tests are conducted, the lower the likelihood will be of finding errors in late development stages that would then require a lot of time and money to remedy. “More and more car, truck, and mobile machinery manufacturers rely on ETAS testing equipment to test and verify the reliability of their vehicles’ electronic systems, whether in internal combustion, hybrid, or electric powertrains, in the chassis, or in the interior”, says Tobias Kreuzinger, Manager Test and Validation Solutions at ETAS Inc. in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “To connect these vehicle systems, intelligent and realistic testing environments had to be developed. That is what ETAS now offers with its NETWORK-LABCAR.”

About ETAS
ETAS provides innovative solutions for the development of embedded systems for the automotive industry and other sectors of the embedded industry. As a systems provider, ETAS supplies a multifaceted portfolio that covers the range from integrated tools and tool solutions to engineering services, consulting, training, and support. Security solutions in the area of embedded systems are offered by the ETAS subsidiary ESCRYPT. Established in 1994, ETAS GmbH is a 100-percent subsidiary of the Bosch Group, with international subsidiaries and sales offices in 14 countries in Europe, North and South America, and Asia.


For more information, visit www.etas.com

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