Esterel Technologies Introduces Esterel SCADE® 6.1 – An Integrated and Open Platform for Critical Software Development

ELANCOURT, France and BOSTON—(BUSINESS WIRE)—January 8, 2009— Esterel Technologies announces the immediate availability of Esterel SCADE® 6.1, further bolstering its position as the de facto standard in model-based development for critical embedded applications. SCADE 6.1 includes significant productivity enhancements to model-based design entry, new verification technologies, and expanded tool-chain integration and interoperability. Enhancements have been made to both SCADE Suite™ and SCADE Display™, members of the Esterel Technologies SCADE family of products.

“We are extremely excited to announce the availability of 6.1 as this release is in direct response to our customers’ requests for more flexible design entry, improved visibility into run-time performance, and the ability to share designs more efficiently”, said Eric Bantegnie, President and CEO of Esterel Technologies. “SCADE 6.1 is another major milestone in advancing our leadership position providing model-based solutions for critical embedded software developers.”

Model-based development has improved developer productivity by more than 30 percent for developers of safety, mission, and life-critical systems and software applications as compared to traditional manual methods. Furthermore, model-based design, when combined with formal verification and certified code generation, ensures the quality of deployed applications under standards such as DO-178B, EN 50128, and IEC 61508. SCADE Suite 6.1 builds on the success of formal model-based design and certified code generation by providing formal decision diagram entry, enhanced SCADE model differencing and merging, and fine-grained model-based configuration management. With these enhancements, SCADE Suite developers now can quickly describe, through graphical entry, core decision logic in the application. From a collaboration perspective, developers now have the ability to easily compare and contrast design changes at the graphical level and manage those configurations at a user-defined granularity. This flexibility and graphical approach increases developer productivity and facilitates developer collaboration and design sharing.

From the verification perspective, SCADE 6.1 also introduces a number of significant improvements by expanding the methods of verification and ultimately shortening the time-to-verification of the deployed application. SCADE Suite 6.1 now provides SCADE Suite LabVIEW™ Gateway, enabling software-in-the-loop simulation and rapid prototyping, complete with automatic targeting of LabVIEW hardware and integration with real sensors and actuators. In addition, SCADE 6.1 launches new verification technology in SCADE Suite Timing Verifier™ and SCADE Suite Stack Verifier™ powered by ABSINT GmBH’s aiT and StackAnalyzer products. These products provide unprecedented visibility into the run-time performance of the system, reporting worst case execution time (WCET) and stack usage of each design element at the model level. To round out the verification process, SCADE 6.1 now comes with Certification Kits for EN 50128 and IEC 61508, in addition to the previously available DO-178B Certification Kit.

SCADE 6.1 has also expanded its tool-chain integration capability with a new Java™-based application programming interface for Eclipse™. Packaged as an Eclipse Plug-In, this API facilitates and ensures the connection of SCADE Suite to other tools operating within the Eclipse environment.

Embedded graphics display application developers will benefit from major enhancements in the SCADE Display 6.1 release. At the highest level, SCADE Display 6.1 offers enhanced modeling and development capabilities to developers of critical embedded graphics display applications. Leading these enhancements is a new VAPS® 6.x Importer, capable of moving large legacy VAPS designs into the advanced SCADE Display development environment. In addition, SCADE Display 6.1 introduces new font management and transparency (alpha-blending) capabilities, further enhancing design entry and the quality of the deployed embedded graphics display applications. SCADE Display 6.1 supports up to 256 levels of transparency for all graphical primitives as well as bitmaps with alpha channels. New font management capabilities enable international/multi-lingual display development, supporting Unicode fonts, Cyrillic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or Korean character sets. SCADE Display 6.1 also provides the ability to import TrueType® and OpenType® fonts. Fonts may be edited using either stroke or bitmap editing technology. Furthermore, with SCADE Display KCG automatic code generation, developers can directly deploy these characters in the embedded display target. SCADE Display 6.1, with its advanced graphics library OGLX™ (OpenGL Extension for SCADE Display) and intrinsic layered architecture, supports the development of both 2D/3D applications by combining external OpenGL 2D/3D graphics code such as legacy code, 3D terrain maps, 3D objects, tunnels, digital maps, etc, with SCADE Display generated code.

With the release of SCADE 6.1, SCADE Suite and SCADE Display are now tightly integrated, providing a unique co-editing, co-simulation, and integrated production code generation environment for developers of embedded control application and embedded graphics display applications, respectively. This integration dramatically improves the productivity of developers working in each of these environments in domains like aerospace and defense, rail transportation, nuclear instrumentation and controls, industrial, and medical applications.

Product Availability

SCADE 6.1 is available immediately on Windows XP and Windows Vista platforms.

About Esterel SCADE

The Esterel SCADE® family of products offers an integrated design and development environment for mission and safety-critical embedded software applications. The core products in the family, SCADE Suite™ and SCADE Display™ offer graphical design entry, verification through simulation and formal methods, and certified code generation. These products also include integrated requirements management, configuration management, and automatic documentation generation, shortening the time-to-certification.

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