Production code generation for the highest demands

The production code generator TargetLink generates highly efficient C code straight from MathWorks® Simulink®/Stateflow® and allows early verification through built-in simulation and testing. It supports efficient, modular development, is certified for ISO 26262, ISO 25119 and IEC 61508, and provides high-performance, native AUTOSAR support. 

  • High-quality production code generation directly from MathWorks® Simulink®/Stateflow®
  • Powerful software design and testing features
  • High-performance, native Classic and Adaptive AUTOSAR support
Automatic production code generator
At A Glance

Application Areas

Model-based design has become the established development method across many industries, and production code generation is the logical step for turning models into efficient, production-ready code. TargetLink generates production code (C code) straight from the Simulink/Stateflow graphical development environment. The C code generation options range from plain ANSI C code to optimized fixed- or floating-point code for AUTOSAR platforms. Versatile code configuration options ensure that the production code can handle processor constraints.

    Key Benefits

    With TargetLink, you can convert graphical models directly and deterministically into highest quality production code. Benefit from TargetLink’s numerous strenghths, such as:

    • Tool and code proven in practice – in countless production projects and millions of vehicles
    • Best-in-class code – highly efficient, highly configurable and with fully traceable model/code dependency
    • Powerful software design features, e.g., with the TargetLink Data Dictionary
    • Convenient software verification due to the push-button model-in-the-loop (MIL)/software-in-the-loop (SIL)/processor-in-the-loop (PIL) simulation concept – verify your concepts and code early and avoid expensive ECU software errors
    • Ideal for automotive and other industries
    • Suitable for AUTOSAR and non-AUTOSAR projects
    • Strong partner tools (TargetLink Ecosystem) for model design, validation, and verification
    • Certification for ISO 26262, ISO 25119, and IEC 61508 and derivative standards
    • Tool integration with the the simulation software VEOS and the system architecture software SystemDesk
    • Perfect for on-target bypassing together with dSPACE’s ECU interface software – closing the gap between function and production development
    Functionality Overview
    Feature Description Benefit
    Code efficiency Efficient fixed-point or floating-point production code directly from Simulink®/Stateflow® (with support for included MATLAB code, see optional module) Your specifications – models and diagrams – are directly translated into efficient C code
    Code reliability Consistent, deterministic translations of models into stress-tested C code Errors such as typing errors, oversights, misunderstandings are avoided
    Human readability Concise, yet readable code Code reviews are easy to perform
    Automatic scaling Intelligent scaling based on worst-case propagation of signal ranges and simulation-based scaling Shortens the time-consuming and error-prone scaling process
    Test mechanisms Various test levels to test the production code against the specification (MIL, SIL, PIL) Malfunctions are found at the earliest stage
    Incremental code generation Modular code generation, i.e., for specific subsystems Faster code generation, preserving approved code
    Model referencing support Developing models on a modular/component basis Distributed development by large teams is much easier, and large models can be handled more efficiently.
    Multirate code Full support of multirate systems with intertask communication You can define tasks at block level
    TargetLink Data Dictionary Central container to handle variables, data structures, scaling formulas, tasks, functions You can manage complex data to plan and structure your projects
    Code generation straight from the Data Dictionary Generation of code files and A2L files for Data Dictionary variables independently of their use in TargetLink models Simplified software integration and integration testing for code from multiple TargetLink models/subsystems and legacy variables
    ‘Modeling Only’ and ‘Full-Featured’ operation modes The Modeling Only operation mode (not licence-protected) lets function developers prepare and design a model without generating production code for it. Easy model exchange in a workgroup (Simulink® and TargetLink users)
    Compliance with standards Compliance with relevant standards such as ASAM-MCD 2MC (ASAP2), AUTOSAR, and MISRA Quality and interoperability guaranteed
    Classic AUTOSAR support Support for modeling and code generation for AUTOSAR software components (SWC), and generation of SWC descriptions TargetLink bridges the gap between model-based design and AUTOSAR-compliant software development
    Adaptive AUTOSAR support Support for modeling and code generation for Adaptive AUTOSAR-compliant C/C++ code (for information on supported features, please contact dSPACE) Closely resemblant modeling styles for non-, Classic and Adaptive AUTOSAR
    Simple and convenient Adaptive AUTOSAR code generation
    Calibration data generation Calibration data exported as ASAM-MCD 2MC (ASAP2) file for calibration tools Automated and complete process with perfect consistency between model and calibration data
    Documentation Automatic model and code documentation Your projects are transparent and trackable
    AUTOSAR software component (SWC) container exchange Exchanging AUTOSAR SWC containers between TargetLink and SystemDesk Safe and convenient round trips for AUTOSAR software development
    Access to SystemDesk simulation for proper software integration testing
    Component-based development Innovative interface concept for ports, measurement signals and calibration parameters Easily increase software reuse across different projects
    Connection to dSPACE VEOS Export virtual ECUs from TargetLink and run them in VEOS in combination with other virtual ECUs and standard dSPACE tools like ControlDesk Easy testing and experimenting with TargetLink code
    FMI support Export of Functional Mock-up Units (FMUs) from TargetLink models based on the Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) standard Execution of TargetLink-generated code with offline and real-time simulators from third parties and dSPACE
    On-Target Bypassing Integrating new functions directly into existing ECUs (using TargetLink and dSPACE ECU interface software) Seamless transition from prototyping to series production
    No need to perform complex software integration

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