EU project to build embedded toolchain

A project funded as part of the European Union’s 7th Framework programme is to attempt to create a full chain of development tools for embedded systems.

The aim of the Interoperable Embedded Systems Tool Chain for Enhanced Rapid Design (Interested) project is to realise a reference tool chain that can help produce safe and efficient code while also reducing the cost of deployment and maintenance by 50 per cent.  Delivery of the complete, integrated reference tool chain is expected by the end of 2010.
 
Interested brings together a number of European embedded tool vendors, whose tools form the basis for the integrated reference tool chain, with major European embedded tool users from a variety of industries who will evaluate how the tools work with real-world design requirements and applications. 

The reference tool chain is intended primarily for use by companies that have to satisfy certification processes such as DO-178B for aerospace, IEC 61508 for industry, EN 50128 for railways, IEC 60880 for energy power plants and DEF STD 00-56 for military requirements as well as the forthcoming ISO 26262 automotive safety standard.
 
“The Interested project will significantly improve Europe’s performance and competitiveness with regard to embedded development particularly in relation to complex safety and mission-critical systems,” said Eric Bantegnie, CEO of Esterel Technologies and co-ordinator of the Interested consortium.  “Interested will facilitate the move from a collection of point tools that individually automate particular functions to a comprehensive reference tool chain of interoperable and integrated tools that supports all the major processes of embedded systems and software development.  This extends from requirements capture down to the actual integration of the code on target, including verification and validation. The Interested project represents a major opportunity to improve the cost, quality and time-to-market of embedded systems in Europe.”
 
European embedded tool vendors who are members of the Interested consortium include AbsInt Angewandte Informatik, Artisan Software Tools, Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique, Esterel Technologies, Evidence, Symtavision, Sysgo, TTTech Computertechnik and Unis. Users include Airbus, Magneti Marelli Powertrain, Siemens and Thales.

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