The RAppID ToolBox is designed to help control engineers reduce development time and cost when migrating from their application modeling environment to real-world implementations on automotive MCU platforms intended for production. The toolbox provides an ideal prototyping solution for a variety of automotive applications, such as engine and transmission control, anti-lock braking systems and chassis/suspension systems. Developers also can use the toolbox for non-automotive applications ranging from avionic systems to industrial printers to power generators.
"As microcontrollers become more powerful and feature-rich to address more complex applications, developers need access to more sophisticated yet easy to use prototyping solutions like the RAppID ToolBox," said Salim Momin, director of Freescale's Virtual Garage software and services business unit. "Control engineers can use the RAppID ToolBox to determine how their applications will perform on target MCUs early in the development cycle and then work on optimization at the model level rather than at the code level."
Streamlined development through on-target rapid prototyping
Control engineers often validate their control models functionally by running auto-generated C code on commercially available rapid prototyping hardware. However, the prototyping hardware usually does not represent the MCU targeted for production. As a result, the engineers may not know the control algorithm's actual performance on the production MCU. In addition, engineers prefer to run their control algorithms on target MCUs early in the development cycle to validate their device selection. However, this can be a difficult, time-consuming task if they have to write the initialization, device drivers and scheduler code by hand, which adds to the development cycle time.
Freescale's RAppID ToolBox addresses these challenges by enabling engineers to execute their control models on MPC5500 MCU family hardware without writing code and to profile the execution of the code on their target MCU. The RAppID ToolBox thus helps reduce development time by allowing engineers to work in their actual, real-world control environment.
Using the profiling feature of the RAppID ToolBox, application developers can study the performance of their control strategy on the target microcontroller early in the design cycle. The toolbox eliminates the need to invest in expensive prototyping hardware by supporting rapid prototyping on cost-effective evaluation boards for MPC5500 family devices, such as the MPC5554 MCU. Optimized DSP blocks enable developers to take advantage of the single-instruction/multiple-data (SIMD) capabilities of the MPC5554.
Integrated with industry-standard modeling and code-generation environments
The RAppID ToolBox leverages the powerful modeling and simulation environment provided by The MathWorks product family with an add-on blockset for MATLAB(R) and Simulink(R), and an embedded target for Real-Time Workshop(R) and Real-Time Workshop(R) Embedded Coder. It supports Signal Processing Toolbox for optimized single instruction multiple data (SIMD) functions and Stateflow(R) for interactive design and simulation.
Using the RAppID ToolBox, developers can quickly execute and evaluate their complex control algorithms on MPC5500 family platforms. The toolbox automatically generates the necessary software, from initialization to device drivers to schedulers, including support for Freescale's OSEKturbo real-time operating system (RTOS). The toolbox-generated code integrates seamlessly with commercial automatic code generation tools, such as TargetLink from dSPACE and Real-Time Workshop and Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder.
About Freescale's Virtual Garage
The Virtual Garage is a Freescale strategic business unit that provides software solutions and services to the transportation industry. The Virtual Garage mission is to enable customers to adopt a true "systems engineering" methodology based on modeling and simulation; these systems engineering solutions help decrease traditional development cycle times and cost while improving overall system quality. In addition to providing software solutions to developers in the automotive, aerospace/defense, printing and industrial automation industries, the Virtual Garage also collaborates with universities by providing software tools, such as the RAppID ToolBox for use as curricula in control engineering classes.
RAppID system requirements and compatibility
-- Microsoft Windows NT, 2000 and XP -- 512MB RAM recommended -- Minimum 1GHz processor recommended -- Standard screen resolutions supported -- Modeling Environment: MATLAB, Simulink, Stateflow, Signal Processing Toolbox -- Code-generators: Real-Time Workshop, Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder from The MathWorks or TargetLink from dSPACE -- Embedded targets: -- Support for Freescale, Green Hills Software and Wind River (DIAB) compilers -- Generic schedule target with multi-rate, synchronous/asynchronous task support -- Freescale OSEKturbo target -- Built-in consistency checks between target and model -- Compatible with: -- MATLAB Version R14sp1, R14sp2, R14sp3 and R2006a -- TargetLink Version 2.1
RAppID ToolBox availability
The first RAppID ToolBox offering for the MPC5554 MCU is available now from Freescale's Virtual Garage. Software support for additional MPC5500 family devices is planned for the future. For more information about the RAppID ToolBox, visit http://www.freescale.com/files/pr/vg.html.
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