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Vehicle diagnostics supports Windows 10

Release 11 of Softing's Diagnostic Tool Set supports Windows 10 and other current platforms. It takes updated automotive standards into consideration and the maintenance of authoring systems for ODX and OTX.

The tool enables users to create, execute, and test diagnostic data and sequences based on international automotive standards (Photo: Softing)

With Softing's Diagnostic Tool Set, diagnostic data and sequences can be created, run and tested on the basis of the latest international automotive standards. It helps to ensure that both the diagnostic communication and the actual vehicle diagnostics work reliably in engineering, manufacturing and after-sales service.

For use in embedded systems, smartphones and tablets, the ISO MVCI Server and OTX runtime environment are additionally available for Linux, Android and iOS on request with this update. Under Windows, the relevant programming interfaces and the automation API for manufacturing and test bench applications now all use the Visual Studio 2015 runtime library.

Taking updated standards into consideration, the delivery scope also includes the protocol template ISO 14229-3 on ISO 15765-2 for UDS (unified diagnostic services) on CAN. With regard to Euro 5 and 6, the OBD protocol template was extended in compliance with SAE J1979:2014-07. With the DTS project based on this, self-diagnosis for both gasoline and diesel vehicles can be validated and released without vehicle-specific ODX data being required for this purpose.

With the engineering tester DTS Monaco, the communication status is now visualized for every layout. When workspaces are opened, the VCI selection can be changed and the status of the connected VCIs verified. The workspaces can be managed comprehensively. If no connection to the VCI is possible, the simulation can be used temporarily instead. Individual HMI Controls can also be reused in other layouts or projects. This always involves a consistency check, which can be launched also independently of an import.

To analyze bus or symbolic trace recordings, the revised analyzer can be launched directly from DTS Monaco. The HMI Control Service Table combines and replaces the HMI Controls Data Display used to date for reading out measured values and the I/O Control for modifying parameter values. Service configurations of the HMI Control can be exchanged between users.

Reporting has been completely revised, standardized, and extended. The application security of preconfigured workspaces has been considerably improved for users of the basic license as faulty and unintentional configuration changes are not saved. Users with a valid maintenance and service package for DTS Monaco receive a free upgrade with which layouts and controls can be configured without any limitations and workspaces saved.

OTX Studio, the engineering environment for complex diagnostic sequences, offers an interactive help that was extended and provided with programming examples. These help beginners in particular to better understand individual contexts and interrelations as well as areas of implementation. In the Test Case Editor, users can generate generic diagnostic test cases, which can be reused for different ECUs. Test reports can be compared with the integrated differ and the results visualized as statistics. The high-performance OTX runtime environment developed in C++ has been further optimized and enables the parallel execution of several scripts. Registered users with a maintenance and service package receive the upgrade to release 11 free of charge.

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