Software-in-the-loop tests is tested directly on real hardware
Vector Informatik now offers software-in-the-loop (SIL) tests on target hardware, integrated as a feature in CANoe4SW. Software components with strong hardware dependency can be tested at their functional interfaces. Vector explained hardware-related software is thus safeguarded early and continuously.
With the hardware debugger connection now available in CANoe4SW 17 service pack 3, the software under test is no longer tested only in virtual execution environments, but also directly on the real hardware. The hardware does not have to be the final device, said Vector. SIL tests on real hardware enable hardware dependencies that are difficult to emulate to be safeguarded at an early stage. They also highlight potential problems in the real execution environment as well as in the real runtime environment.
The new hardware debugger connection is available in the current version of CANoe4SW as well as in CANoe and provides smooth test communication via a hardware debugger. The hardware debug probe is connected to the test computer via USB or Ethernet. The integrated hardware debugger connection primarily addresses software tests of individual software modules or a partial integration. The feature supports solutions from Lauterbach and Tasking (iSystem). Test design is via the established ecosystem with vTESTstudio as editor or via the freely available extensions for Visual Studio Code.
Vector is the leading manufacturer of software tools and embedded components for the development of electronic systems and their networking with many different systems from CAN to Automotive Ethernet. Vector has been a partner of automotive manufacturers and suppliers and related industries since 1988. Vector tools and services provide engineers and software developers with the decisive advantage to make a challenging and highly complex subject area as simple and manageable as possible. Vector employees work on electronic innovations for the automotive industry every day. Worldwide customers in the automotive, commercial vehicles, aerospace, transportation, and control technology industries rely on the solutions and products of the independent Vector Group for the development of technologies for future mobility. Vector is headquartered in Germany (Stuttgart) and has subsidiaries in Brazil, China, France, Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan, Austria, Romania, Sweden, South Korea, Spain and the USA.