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Methodology Lowers Embedded Systems Development Costs

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Research institutions in Europe have created a uniform methodology for developing embedded systems that lowers costs and improves quality. The methodology includes a modeling process that supports platform-based development and a modeling language and techniques for modeling applications and the platform.

The pan-European project uses an architectural style that enables the methodology to be applied in different fields. The methodology can be used in the aircraft, automobile, industrial automation, electronics, and telecommunications industries, and for distributed embedded systems such as distributed control, measurement, and communication systems in homes, offices, industry, or urban environments. The methodology has a reference architecture template that offers a set of pre-defined core services and domain-specific services for implementing the execution platform. "The savings are achieved when the results of the expensive development work of platform services can be utilized more than once in different application fields and when flaws and deficiencies can be corrected before the system's actual implementation," says Eila Ovaska, research professor at VTT Technical Research Center in Finland. The reusable methods and tools help maintain the same quality in developing systems.

From VTT Technical Research Center
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