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Revised operating concept for ECU testing

Vector has introduced numerous technical and user operation-related improvements into version 9.0 of CANoe. The most apparent change is the fundamentally revised operating concept.

CANoe 9.0 user interface with menu ribbon, which is subdivided into application areas (Photo: Vector)

CANoe is a software tool for developing individual ECUs as well as entire networks. It supports the entire development process – from planning to final system testing. In version 9.0, Vector has changed operating concept, which not only simplifies initial use of the tool for beginners; professional users also benefit from a simplified menu structure. The menu structure is now organized according to the most important application cases: Analysis, Simulation, Test, and Diagnostics. This operating philosophy was implemented based on a contemporary “ribbon” approach.

The menu ribbon configured by the user also improves quick access to frequently used functions. The menu ribbon can be used to control logging, signal generators, and macros. In addition, important windows and dialogs can be added to a favorites list. From the ribbon, the user can also insert important analysis windows – such as Trace, Graphic, or Data Windows – into the measurement setup.

Version 9.0 also supports the Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI). FMI is an open standard for exchanging simulation models (FMUs) between the tools of various manufacturers. The tool can import and simulate FMUs as well as export them. FMU export is especially helpful to make connections between CANoe and other tools via a standardized interface.

With regard to Autosar, the new version supports the system description for Autosar 4.2. There is also an added communication layer for displaying and processing dynamic Autosar PDUs in “PDU streaming”. Both features are available for Ethernet and CAN FD.

In addition, the Interactive Generator Block (CAN IG) was fully revised and provided with a modern user interface. Now, signal generators are configured in CAN IG in the same way as signal generators that are available as separate functions. This means that CANoe users do not need to learn different concepts.


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