April 18, 2014. Altium Ltd., a provider of 3-D PCB design and embedded-software development tools, has joined the AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture) development partnership.
AUTOSAR is a worldwide development partnership of car manufacturers, suppliers, and other companies from the electronics, semiconductor, and software industry. The primary objective of AUTOSAR is to create an open, standardized software architecture for the automotive industry.
As an associate partner, Altium will be sharing its experience and knowledge of software development standards, processes, and methodologies with the AUTOSAR community.
Altium’s offering for the automotive industry comprises the TASKING suite of embedded tools and the Altium Designer integrated design environment. The TASKING embedded tools play an important role in the automotive ecosystem. They are used in different levels of the supply chain, starting within the OEMs and spreading into the wide market of automotive suppliers. The TASKING development tools are used within the automotive industry to program microcontroller based powertrain, driver assistance, and safety-related applications.
“Altium is working with the world's leading automotive manufacturers and truly appreciates the importance of international software standards. Our alignment with AUTOSAR will enable us to continually evolve our product offering in line with open industry standards,” stated Franz Maidl, managing director, Global TASKING Business, at Altium.
The AUTOSAR development partnership is an additional effort to provide TASKING tools and services especially for the automotive market. It is combined with activities around functional safety with the just recently launched Automotive Safety Support Program for ISO 26262 Certification playing a major role.