SimuQuest March NL: Ford’s Adoption of UniPhi 03/2014

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SimuQuest’s products support Advanced Model-Based Design, addressing challenges critical to efficient and reliable algorithm and software development for electronically controlled devices. This newsletter focuses on Ford’s adoption of UniPhi and powerful new features to facilitate highly efficient collaborative development of complex embedded systems.

UniPhi Update

UniPhi is a model-based development tool for centralized data management and dependency visualization, enabling consistent, version-controlled management of data (signals and parameters) and rapid visualization of object dependencies (modeled features, signals and parameters).

SimuQuest’s UniPhi product has undergone a major transformation over the last 3 years due to a team effort between SimuQuest and Ford Motor Company.

What does this mean to Ford? A new level of efficiency in algorithm and software development from concept to production due to:

  1. Consistent centralized data management
  2. Consistent feature/function interface definitions preventing integration and software build issues
  3. Collaborative model-based algorithm and software development
  4. Visualization of signal, parameter and feature dependencies within a complex model for easy comprehension and debugging
  5. Seamless integration with Simulink
  6. Stand alone use for engineers not using Simulink (calibration, system test, etc)

Through the SimuQuest and Ford collaboration, UniPhi has evolved into a powerful new tool to manage model and software complexity.

QuantiPhi Update

Forget data sheets and concentrate on developing your valuable IP. QuantiPhi is a powerful chip configuration and driver integration tool for a variety of Renesas and Freescale micros. The tool provides a full complement of configurable low-level drivers (ADC, CAN, PWM, SPI, Serial, DIO, and others). The tool will guide you through the intricacies of successfully configuring your chip and driver settings to meet your specific I/O and timing requirements.

Recent Updates and Highlights:

  • Simulink integration or standalone for hand-code integration.
  • Validated production quality drivers.
  • Automated configuration checking.
  • Auto calculation of optimal settings.
  • All new QuantiPhi now available for Renesas RL78 micros.
  • PIL (processor in the loop) support for Renesas SH72546. PIL is a method of running a control algorithm in a processor in conjunction with a Simulink model.  The controller application can run on the target in order to check for correct execution.
  • PIL support for Renesas RL78 micros planned for release May 2014.
  • Many popular automotive Freescale S12X and S12G variants supported.
  • ControlBase-VT/MT S12X target based rapid-prototyping modules with QuantiPhi support for body, HEV/EV, transmission and DC motor control applications.

Enginuity Update

Fully exploit virtual controller design using Enginuity, a powerful engine plant model tool package that supports most varieties of production engine applications (port-fuel injected, direct injected, gasoline, diesel, turbocharged, etc.) as well as a variety of vehicle and HEV models. The package is specifically tailored to the needs of control system development and hardware-in-the-loop validation.

ControlBase Update

SimuQuest now offers a series of ControlBase ECUs for target-based rapid prototyping with the option to customize for production. ControlBase ECUs are supported by Simulink blocksets for configuration and integration within Simulink.

ControlBase Version Typical Applications Simulink Blockset Micro
VT Body, HEV/EV, transmission Yes Freescale S12XEP
MT DC motor Yes Freescale S12XEP
G Gasoline engine Yes Freescale MPC5554
D High-pressure common rail diesel engine Yes Freescale MPC5554


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