GENEVA and GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Feb. 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE:STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and ARCCORE AB, the independent software company for AUTOSAR solutions, today announced a strategic cooperation that significantly reduces the cost, risk, and time-to-market for customers developing embedded automotive systems based on the AUTOSAR framework.
AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture) is a worldwide development partnership of vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, and other companies from the electronics, semiconductor, and software industries. The AUTOSAR members (ST and ARCCORE among them) work together to develop common standards that facilitate the introduction of innovative automotive electronic systems, and implement them through cross-functional alliances with other members.
The new agreement brings together ST's SPC5 family of 32-bit Power Architecture(TM) microcontrollers, specifically developed for use in automotive Electronic Control Units, and ARCCORE's established AUTOSAR development software. Under the terms of the agreement, ST customers will get access to ARCCORE's comprehensive AUTOSAR development software for the SPC5 without any up-front costs, paying a license fee only after the evaluation period.
"ST and ARCCORE are changing the rules for developing AUTOSAR solutions," said Luca Rodeschini, Director Strategic Business Development and Microcontroller Business Unit, Automotive and Discrete Product Group, STMicroelectronics. "Customers can now explore, develop, optimize, and industrialize innovative automotive applications that are fully compatible with AUTOSAR's specifications but do not require initial software payments. In addition, the license fee, payable only when the project ends its evaluation phase, is substantially lower than existing solutions."
ST's Power Architecture-based 32-bit MCUs are ideal for high-reliability control applications, including engine control, transmission, anti-lock braking systems, electrically operated power steering, active suspension, and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems).
ARCCORE's development tools for AUTOSAR include the Arctic Core embedded-software platform, which comprises a real-time operating system, memory services, and automotive communication services such as CAN and LIN, and the Arctic Studio Integrated Development Environment.
"Our agreement with ST goes beyond a traditional service-driven model towards a cooperation based on a shared product-support roadmap. By getting early access to ST's Automotive MCU know-how, we can provide SPC5 customers with the immediate advantage of a ready-made and market-proven methodology for easy and hurdle-free development of new AUTOSAR-compliant applications," said Thomas Winkler, Vice President Europe, ARCCORE.
The software is available now as a free download for project evaluation and development at http://www.arccore.com/resources/downloads
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ARCCORE is an independent software company providing AUTOSAR solutions to the global automotive market. ARCCORE 's products include embedded software platforms and development tools and can easily be accessed from ARCCORE's homepage. ARCCORE offers an innovative business model supporting all stages in the software development process providing both open source and commercial license terms.
ARCCORE products were introduced in 2009 and CAGR in revenue has surpassed 50 percent during the past three years. Stable growth is expected to continue within the automotive market and ARCCORE reinvests 30 percent of the revenue in product development.
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