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Automotive test bench

Configuration tool runs on tablets and smartphones

Published 2018-08-02

HMS (Sweden) has introduced version 5 of its Ixxat ACT configuration software. It is intended for the company’s FRC-EP 170 and 190 hardware platforms.

User-specific functions can be implemented using C user code elements (Photo: HMS/Ixxat)

Version 5 of the Ixxat Automotive Configuration Tool (ACT) logs and visualizes configurations. It also supports residual bus simulations (RSB) using Matlab/Simulink. The used FRC-EP hardware platform features Classical CAN and CAN FD interfaces as well as other network technologies. In addition to the data logger functionality, Classical CAN/CAN FD gateways can now be implemented with the new freeware version and powerful functions for data visualization on HTML5-capable devices (tablet, smartphone). Furthermore, user-specific functions can be implemented using C user code elements and the generic Ethernet interface of the hardware platforms is supported. The generic Ethernet protocol interface enables transmission of CAN data via Ethernet. This enables linking automotive test benches with cloud-based simulation environments. To use the freeware version, users need one of the two FRC hardware platforms.

Besides the freeware version, the ACT tool is offered in a Lite version with Matlab/Simulink and Ethercat support, and in a standard version with full functionality. The standard version includes a RBS functionality, which provides a simulation environment for testing of single or multiple ECUs independent of other network participants. In addition, functions for signal manipulation are included. Version 5 also supports Fibex 3.x, 4.x and AutosarXML. Signal manipulation is possible on all connected bus systems and is no longer limited to buses under the control of the RBS.

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