Universal Debug Engine from pls now supports VaST's Virtual Processor Models and Tools

Cooperation established for the simulation of automotive software applications

Lauta, (PresseBox) - pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme GmbH and the US company VaST Systems have established a cooperation with the goal to further simplify the simulation of automotive software applications by interfacing their products.

"By interfacing pls' Universal Debug Engine (UDE) with VaST's virtual processor models, developers can use pls' UDE with virtual prototypes for the simulation and test of automotive software applications. As a result, software development and validation can be started significantly earlier, before the availability of hardware, resulting in significant reductions in the overall design schedule" explains Jeff Roane, vice president of marketing at VaST.

VaST's virtualization solutions are regarded as some of the world's most efficient tools for creating and simulating virtual prototypes-high-speed, cycle-accurate simulation models of electronic systems and System On Chips. Developers use VaST tools to create and simulate virtual prototypes for application software development and to perform precise architecture performance analysis. The ability to run real software applications at near real-time speeds before hardware availability can often reduce time-to-market by eight months or more.

The UDE is one of the most versatile and at the same time most comfortable tools for the development, test and maintenance of complex microcontroller applications. The intuitive and configurable user interface of the UDE offers users, among other things, unrestricted C/C++ support, a powerful symbol browser, freely configurable toolbars, extensive contextual menus and HTML as description language for application-specific windows. Furthermore, a high degree of automation is ensured by using standard script languages.

"The coupling of the pls UDE and VaST tools also reduces test times on the real hardware as the joint solution allows more detailed analysis of timing behavior and performance of an embedded application at a very early phase of system design. This prevents downstream errors that cause redesigns and significantly reduces development cost and schedule," said Heiko Riessland product marketing manager of pls.


VaST drives electronics virtualization. The company is fundamentally changing the electronics industry by breaking the dependency on hardware prototypes. With VaST, electronics companies develop virtual system prototypes - timing-accurate, high-speed simulation models of their electronic systems - for use in design and supply chain enablement. Using virtualization, customers develop software before hardware and enable early software development by ecosystem partners which cuts time-to-market by 8 months or more. VaST's customers include worldwide leaders in automotive, consumer, and wireless markets. VaST is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with sales and support offices worldwide. For further information about the company, please visit www.vastsystems.com

pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme GmbH

pls Programierbare Logik & Systeme GmbH, based in Lauta, Germany, was founded in 1990 by Thomas Bauch and Dr. Stefan Weisse. With its innovative modular test and development tools, the company has demonstrated for almost two decades its position as an international technology leader in the field of debuggers, emulators and trace solutions for 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers. The software architecture of the Universal Debug Engine (UDE) guarantees optimal conditions for debugging SoC-based systems. For example, by means of the intelligent use of modern on-chip debugging and on-chip trace units, valuable functions such as profiling and code coverage are available for the system optimization. Furthermore, the associated Universal Access Device 2 (UAD2) product family, with transfer rates of up to 3.5 MBytes/s and a wide range of interfaces, offers entirely new dimensions for fast and flexible access to multi-core systems. Important architectures such as TriCore, PowerArchitecture, SH 2A, XC2000/XE166, ARM, Cortex, XScale and C166/ST10 as well as simulation platforms of different vendors are supported. For further information about the company, please visit www.pls mc.com

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