ST/ARCCORE in joint focus to cut costs in AUTOSAR development

February 19, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
STMicroelectronics and ARCCORE AB (Göteborg, Sweden) independent specialist in software for AUTOSAR have formed a strategic cooperation to reduce the cost, risk, and time-to-market for engineers developing embedded automotive systems based on the AUTOSAR framework.

AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture) members (ST and ARCCore among them) work together to develop common standards that facilitate the introduction of innovative automotive electronic systems, and implement them through cross-functional alliances with other members.

This agreement brings together ST's SPC5 family of 32-bit Power Architecture microcontrollers, specifically developed for use in automotive Electronic Control Units, and ARCCORE's AUTOSAR development software. Under the terms of the agreement, ST customers will get access to ARCCORE's comprehensive AUTOSAR development software for the SPC5 without any up-front costs, paying a license fee only after the evaluation period.

"ST and ARCCORE are changing the rules for developing AUTOSAR solutions," said Luca Rodeschini, Microcontroller BU Director, Automotive and Discrete Group, STMicroelectronics. "Customers can now explore, develop, optimise, and industrialise innovative automotive applications that are fully compatible with AUTOSAR's specifications but do not require initial software payments. In addition, the license fee, payable only when the project ends its evaluation phase, is substantially lower than existing solutions."

ST’s Power Architecture-based 32-bit MCUs are designed for for high-reliability control applications, including engine control, transmission, anti-lock braking systems, electrically operated power steering, active suspension, and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems).

ARCCORE's development tools for AUTOSAR include the Arctic Core embedded-software platform, which comprises a real-time operating system, memory services, and automotive communication services such as CAN and LIN, and the Arctic Studio Integrated Development Environment.

"Our agreement with ST goes beyond a traditional service-driven model towards a cooperation based on a shared product-support roadmap. By getting early access to ST’s Automotive MCU know-how, we can provide SPC5 customers with the immediate advantage of a ready-made and market-proven methodology for easy and hurdle-free development of new AUTOSAR-compliant applications," said Thomas Winkler, Vice President Europe, ARCCORE.

The software is available now as a free download for project evaluation and development at