The Mathworks delivers code generation for embedded control

Natick, Mass. - The MathWorks, Inc. announced Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder 2.0, which further extends The MathWorks model-based design solution to meet the need for production-quality C code generation for embedded target deployment.


Natick, Mass. - The MathWorks, Inc. announced Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder 2.0, which further extends The MathWorks model-based design solution to meet the need for production-quality C code generation for embedded target deployment. With this latest version, improvements in code efficiency have been made so that most customers will consider the code fully production-quality code. It accurately implements Simulink modeling and is customizable for specific customer needs.

The code generated by this new version of Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder has measurably improved in terms of embedded RAM size, ROM size, and execution speed over the first version of the product released in November 2000. Code generated from Simulink models with pre-production versions of Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder has already been used in automotive powertrain control designs and received FAA certification in aerospace applications.

'We've never seen a coding error from Real-Time Workshop. It always produces reliable, quality code. It always works as we designed,' stated Wayne King, Honeywell Commercial Aviation Systems principal engineer. Honeywell's flight control system passed all flight tests and received FAA certification as the standard avionics system for the Hawker Horizon business jet from Raytheon.

The MathWorks model-based design solution is built on the foundation of MATLAB and Simulink. The solution also includes Stateflow, a graphical tool for designing the complex logic found in intelligent control systems, and Real-Time Workshop, which generates C code for rapid prototyping of Simulink models. Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder requires Real-Time Workshop and extends it to generate code for embedded applications.

As the latest addition to the model-based design products, Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder 2.0 provides greatly enhanced production-quality code generation for Simulink. Users can first generate and easily modify code for rapid prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop testing of Simulink models using Real-Time Workshop, and then generate code from Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder as optimized, embeddable ANSI C for use on multiple target operating systems and hardware platforms.

'Since its introduction last November, more than 175 copies of Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder have been installed and are being used in production in aerospace, automotive, and industrial companies around the world,' said Mike Dickens, director of marketing at The MathWorks. 'We are currently working with customers to gather code performance benchmarks and success stories as they develop their control systems. Preliminary progress reports have been extremely encouraging. We expect that the breadth of our model-based design capabilities, together with efficient production-quality code, will enable more embedded design teams to greatly increase their design and deployment productivity. The Real-Time Workshop Embedded Coder enhancements take us another large step towards our strategy of providing a full range of embedded systems development tools.'

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