Vector buys PC-Lint static analysis tool 

Vector buys PC-Lint static analysis tool 

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By Nick Flaherty

Vector Informatik in Germany has bought the PC-Lint static analysis tool to expand into functional safety markets outside automotive. 

Vector is a specialist for the development and test of automotive electronics and software-based systems and has acquired 100% of the assets of Gimpel Software. Gimpel was founded in 1985 and is a leading supplier of static analysis software with the PC Lint Plus tool. 

PC-lint Plus is a comprehensive static analysis solution for C and C++ and is used to comply with the coding guidelines of standards such as MISRA, AUTOSAR and CERT C. The tool can identify software defects and vulnerabilities, find potential bugs, and improve software developer productivity. 

“In our search to find a technically driven company to continue our legacy and to support and enhance PC-lint Plus, we found Vector. We have complete confidence that Vector will continue our focus on the programmer’s needs and our users will benefit” said Anneliese Gimpel, co-founder of Gimpel Software. The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. 

The acquisition continues Vector Informatik’s expansion into industries beyond the automotive market, including avionics, IoT and other industries with safety and validation requirements. Existing and future PC-lint Plus users can make use of Vector’s global market presence that will increase responsiveness and service quality as well as from a comprehensive tool chain. 
The development of PC-Lint Plus will be managed by Eric Barton, Global Product Line Director, who joined Vector Informatik in 2017 with the acquisition of Vector Software.  

“The Gimpel development team has built a best-in-class product. We are excited to invest in them for the expansion of PC-lint Plus capabilities, and work toward integrating it with other Vector products, specifically VectorCAST and Squore,” said Barton. “There is a large overlap between Gimpel customers and VectorCAST customers.  

“This acquisition is another building block of Vector’s strategy to offer a comprehensive solution for the automated testing of embedded and connected systems. It enables Vector to offer a combined static and dynamic analysis solution,” said Thomas Riegraf, managing director of Vector Informatik.; 

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