austriamicrosystems builds profound system know-how on FlexRay(TM) - the next generation automotive networking system
The Virtual Vehicle's TEODACS research project provides expertise for the deployment and validation of FlexRay(TM) based distributed systems
FlexRay(TM) becomes an emerging technology for in-vehicle networks to support the requirements of the next generation vehicles. Safety, infotainment, reliability and dependability, cost and weight reduction together with CO2 prevention for vehicles are key drivers for new automotive local area networks. FlexRay(TM) is developed to cope with these demands, but as it is a young technology with little field affirmation, a comprehensive level of system investigation is still needed.
austriamicrosystems is a leading provider of FlexRay(TM) Transceiver ICs and with its AS8221, which is already well known in the FlexRay community, the device focus changed to a system-based focus to provide profound knowledge for customers in design-ins of FlexRay Transceivers. The AS8220 FlexRay(TM) Basis Transceiver and the AS8224 FlexRay(TM) Active Star Device will be available soon, expanding austriamicrosystems' FlexRay(TM) Transceiver family.
"TEODACS allows us to combine the knowledge from different domains to utilize experience in an efficient way for our customers", Harald Gall, Product Manager In-Vehicle Networks at austriamicrosystems, explains. "In addition, this unique know-how will be reflected in our future automotive networking products."
The deployment of FlexRay(TM) networks results in numerous challenges for the system design. At the same time, the networks and the various possibilities the system offers, have not been entirely investigated so far. This is the goal of the TEODACS project which aims to investigate the FlexRay system behaviour with a novel holistic approach including analysis on an enhanced laboratory setup and the concurrent simulation of the comprehensive framework. This duality combines the advantage of capturing limiting factors in real networking structures and the flexibility when performing simulations considering varying conditions. The experience gained during the development of the physical setup and the simulation environment will be used to develop novel concepts and methods for the efficient test and deployment of FlexRay(TM) in vehicles.
More information on austriamicrosystems activities for automotive bus systems: http://www.austriamicrosystems.com/04segments/automotive/bus_start.htm
More information on the TEODACS project and the Virtual Vehicle Competence Center: www.teodacs.com, www.v2c2.at
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