Open Access Research Article

A Systematic Development Methodology for Mixed-Mode Behavioral Models of In-Vehicle Embedded Electronic Systems

Candice Muller1*, Maurizio Valle1, William Prodanov2 and Roman Buzas3

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Biophysical and Electronic Engineering, University of Genoa, Opera Pia 11A, 16145 Genoa, Italy

2 Department of Product Development, Chipus Microelectronics, Lauro Linhares 589, 88036-001 Florianopolis, SC, Brazil

3 Department of Product Development, Automotive IVN (In vehicle networking), ON Semiconductors Inc., Videnska 125, 619 00 Brno, Czech Republic

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EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems 2010, 2010:726286  doi:10.1155/2010/726286

Published: 13 December 2009


The rising demands for safety, power-weight reduction, and comfort make the in-vehicle network of embedded electronic systems very complex. In particular system reliability is essential, especially because of the safety requirements. Test and verification of the entire in-vehicle network by means of behavioral simulations are each time more widely adopted. To this aim, behavioral models that faithfully represent the behavior of mixed-mode-embedded systems are essential for achieving reliable simulation results. This paper presents a systematic development methodology for mixed-mode behavioral models of in-vehicle-embedded systems. The methodology allows achieving accurate models, which provide reliable system simulations. The model development methodology is described and the results of the methodology applied to two case studies are presented: (1) the mixed-mode behavioral model of a generic Flexray physical layer transceiver and (2) the mixed-mode behavioral model of a CAN bus transceiver-integrated circuit. The simulation results show that behavioral simulations are much faster than transistor level simulations. Moreover, behavioral simulations are flexible, which allows quickly changing and verifying the communication network topology if compared with hardware prototypes.