Software in the Loop – a virtual integration platform for agile mechatronic development
Silver is a tool used by development engineers to integrate and test system modules virtually using simulation on Windows PC. Two alternative set-ups are supported:
Control software and simulation models can be imported from development tools such as MATLAB®/Simulink, Real-Time Workshop, TargetLink, ASCET, Dymola, SimulationX, SIMPACK, AMESim, C/C or Python. Silver provides built-in support for automotive standards such as ASAP2/A2L, CAN, FMI, MDF, XCP and ISO 26262.
Today, Silver is in use for automotive software development at Mercedes-Benz, AMG, IAV, Continental and others.
For several years Mercedes-Benz has been integrating simulation and comprehensive tests with a high degree of automation in the development process of automatic transmissions. The SIL virtual integration is based on Silver and complements the HIL and physical prototype integration and test efforts. The SIL technology has matured to a point where development can be supported even up to pre-calibrating the power train. This allows significant time savings in a flexible and robust development process, across teams and companies.
Read more in: Daimler - Silver
IAV has a long history of applying HIL testing for controller software validation. HIL tests are limited by poor analysis and debugging capabilities. AVL commissioned a SIL test system based on Silver as complement, giving every developer a virtual system for testing and debugging of function code. For the function developers, the analysis times are drastically reduced by faster change-analysis-change cycles.
Read more in: IAV - Silver Success Story