TargetLink 4.1: FMI Support, AUTOSAR 4.2, Automotive Ethernet, and Much More

New version with numerous substantial extensions

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Enhanced collaboration via FMI-based model export
Support for AUTOSAR 4.2 with many new features
Even higher code efficiency and MISRA C compliance


With its latest Release, dSPACE has optimized its production code generator, TargetLink, to cover prominent standards in the development of embedded software. TargetLink 4.1 supports the Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) 2.0 and the latest version of the AUTOSAR standard, AUTOSAR 4.2. Moreover, MISRA C compliance and code efficiency have been increased further and modular, model-based development is even easier now.

Enhanced collaboration with FMI-based model export TargetLink 4.1 further enhances collaboration between development teams, organizations, and companies by supporting the FMI 2.0 standard. Exporting TargetLink models as Functional Mock-up Units (FMUs) allows users to easily exchange and combine models from various modeling environments and Simulink versions, while protecting their intellectual property. Based on the FMI 2.0 standard, users can immediately execute TargetLink-generated code on dSPACE platforms such as VEOS and SCALEXIO, and especially on FMI-compatible environments from third parties (offline and real-time simulation).

Support for AUTOSAR 4.2 and Many New AUTOSAR Features

The support for AUTOSAR 4.2 and the addressed improvements for accessing NVRAM make it easy to access nonvolatile memory from the AUTOSAR Software Components. Moreover, TargetLink now supports AUTOSAR transformers, which can be used to implement end-to-end communication protection for safety-critical applications and communication via automotive Ethernet.

Even Higher Code Efficiency and MISRA C Compliance

Further improvements of TargetLink 4.1 include easier bus modeling and initialization semantics in Simulink. Concerning the core functionality of the Code Generator, compliance with MISRA-C:2004 and MISRA-C:2012 has been improved and code efficiency has been increased further. A powerful function reuse mechanism in combination with incremental code generation lets users instantiate Software Components multiple times. This makes it easier to have modular and distributed software development, as required by globalized Research & Development organizations.

Facts about TargetLink

TargetLink, dSPACE's production code generator, generates highly efficient C code directly from Simulink/Stateflow models. It supports efficient, modular development and is ISO 26262- and IEC 61508-certified. Since its launch in 1999, TargetLink has been used in numerous production projects all over the world. TargetLink’s outstanding assets include its excellent code quality, strong software design and test features, high reliability, development process integration, and support of standards such as AUTOSAR, ASAM MCD-2 MC (ASAP2), MISRA and OSEK.

dSPACE GmbH

dSPACE develops and distributes integrated hardware and software tools for developing and testing electronic control units and mechatronic controls. The application areas for dSPACE systems are in the automotive industry, as well as in drives technology, aerospace, and other industrial sectors. The company's customer base includes virtually all major vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. With more than 1,200 employees worldwide, dSPACE is located in Paderborn, Germany; has three project centers in Germany; and serves customers through local dSPACE companies in the USA, the UK, France, Japan, and China.

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