By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk
IBM isn't a name you come up with when thinking about embedded systems, but German real time critical software design and test house Inchron has made a significant deal for Big Blue to use its complete range of tools and services.
Inchron's products enable designers to model, simulate and analyze the dynamic real-time behaviour of embedded systems at an early stage of the design process. This cuts development times and costs by up to two thirds. At the same time the quality of the finished products is ensured while expensive warranty claims or even product recalls are avoided.
IBM's Rational division includes real time database technology, Telelogic design software and the old i-Logix graphics simulation tools, and is now looking to integrate Inchron's tools for the development of embedded systems. The greatest improvements are with regards to model-based development where timing and performance
considerations can now be taken into account at a much earlier stage of the development process.
"We are delighted that IBM has chosen to take this step with us after thoroughly testing our skills and technologies. This enables us to raise our global sales and marketing activities to much higher levels," said Uwe Brodtmann, Managing Director of Inchron. "Inchron's tools enable us to extend our leadership in the provision of solutions for the development of embedded systems," said Meg Selfe, VP Complex & Embedded Systems of the Rational Brand at the IBM Software Group.
The Inchron Tool-Suite offers a unique combination of simulation (chronSIM) and validation (chronVAL) for the comprehensive analysis of networked real-time systems and the company is a premium member of the AUTOSAR consortium and supports international research projects with its technological expertise and years of experience in real-time performance issues.