Vector adds software-on-the-loop SIL test to debugger

Vector adds software-on-the-loop SIL test to debugger

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By Nick Flaherty

Vector Informatik in Germany has integrated Software-in-the-Loop test capability into its debugger via a hardware upgrade.

This enables SIL test capability on target hardware via the CANoe4SW debugger so that software components with strong hardware dependency can be tested at their functional interfaces. This safeguards the development of hardware-related automotive software from an early stage in a project.

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. Often, evaluation platforms of microcontrollers already serve as a basis for the development and testing of drivers. A SIL test on real hardware enables hardware dependencies that are difficult to emulate to be safeguarded at an early stage. It also highlights 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 connection of the Hardware Debug Probe to the test computer via USB or Ethernet is used for the SIL test and 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’s iSystem and test design is done via the established ecosystem with vTESTstudio as the editor or via the freely available extensions for Visual Studio Code.

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