WILSONVILLE, OR -- Mentor Graphics announces a joint engineering and marketing agreement with Telemotive AG. The heart of the agreement will be the integration of Mentor's Volcano VSTAR™ AUTOSAR stack with Telemotive's Power Line Communication (PLC) – two technologies which together provide key software building blocks to automotive suppliers creating electronic control units (ECUs) that allow for smart charging of electric vehicles.
Smart charging, which includes transmission of data via charging cables, allows for secure payments at the burgeoning network of for-pay public charging stations around the world. Telemotive has long been a leader in the space, providing a software stack supporting error-free communication between a charging column and vehicle. The modular software, compliant with the international standard governing communication between plug-in vehicles and electrical supply equipment (ISO 15118), can be integrated into every relevant ECU.
Mentor's Volcano VSTAR stack includes platform and communication middleware, an operating system, design/validation tools, and more. It is a best-in-class solution for designing ECUs according to the AUTOSAR methodology, which has been recognized worldwide for more than a decade as the standard for the development of electronic systems. The integrated Mentor-Telemotive stack can be implemented on nearly any microcontroller serving as the brains of a smart-charging system, whether developed by a Tier One supplier or OEM.
The integrated stack enables easy connection to a PLC transceiver serving as the gateway to internet-based services supporting payments, and perhaps eventually to applications such as the dynamic negotiation of charging plans in the context of evolving environmental or user conditions.