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20 Years of ECU Calibration with CANape – 1996 to 2016

20 Years of ECU Calibration with CANape – 1996 to 2016

The introduction of the CAN bus in 1987 brought with it entirely new possibilities for using electronics in automobiles: within a few years electronics had influenced the efficiency, performance, and durability of the drives, supported active and passive vehicle safety, and provided convenience features.

As early as 1991 Vector had developed the MDF format (Measurement Data Format) for Robert Bosch GmbH as a binary file format for measurement data. After the ...

... MDF had quickly become the de facto standard in the automobile industry, the revised version 4.0 was finally published in 2009 as official ASAM standard.

Vector incorporated extensive know-how into the specification of the A2AP2 description files for ECU-internal values (also called an A2L file). After the specification of the "CAN Calibration Protocol" (CCP) in the mid 1990s, Vector quickly developed the first measurement and calibration tool.

Since November 1996, ECU calibration engineers have used CANape (CAN application environment) in order to adapt controller behavior to various vehicle models by changing only the parameterization, not the program code.

In the course of 20 years, thousands of new functions and user requests have been incorporated into the tool. Used worldwide by all vehicle manufacturers and ECU suppliers, CANape covers all application areas of ECU calibration: from measurement of very large data volumes and calibration of thousands of parameters, to integration into model-based development, to a complete solution for ADAS ECUs and bypassing.

Supplemented with many extensions and products such as the VX1000 measurement & calibration system and the integration of client/server solutions and cloud offerings, Vector offers a powerful and proven solution in order to significantly accelerate ECU calibration and master complexity.

As early as 1991 Vector had developed the MDF format (Measurement Data Format) for Robert Bosch GmbH as a binary file format for measurement data. After the ...
1996
ASAM standardizes the CAN Calibration Protocol (CCP). Vector is also active in the working group alongside OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.
11/11/1996
Screenshot CANape 1.0Release of CANape 1.0 as the first CCP master tool. First users develop a tire pressure monitoring system with CANape.
1997
CANgraph 1.0 comes on the market as an analysis tool for measurement data.
Incidentally, the number of signals in a measurement file at that time was 400 – today 100,000 signals are not uncommon in complex applications.
1998
Screenshot CANape measurement data acquisition An important component of the success of CANape was Daimler's decision to rely on CCP for transmission development and use CANape as the measurement and calibration tool. Temic, one of the transmission ECUs suppliers, also decided to use CANape. The triumph of CANape as a calibration tool for bus-driven calibration begins.
1999
Screenshot CANape 2.0Release of CANape 2.0
2002
Product information CANape GraphCANape Graph is introduced, extending the functionality of CANape 3.5 (Trace Window, diagnostics, global measurement cursor, saving signals from files). CANape Graph is the first XCP master tool on the market (even before the official adoption of the XCP standard).
2003
CANape Graph 5.0
Integration of MATLAB/Simulink, support for video recording, Trace Window for bus analysis. Diagnostic support with CANdela databases.
Version 1.0 of the XCP measurement and calibration protocol is standardized by the ASAM. Vector had a decisive influence on the XCP standard. Extensive know-how and a great deal of experience were incorporated into the comprehensive XCP support of CANape and other XCP solutions.
2004
Screenshot CANape Option Advanced MultimediaCANape Graph 5.5
Support for the LIN bus; toolbar and hotkeys can now be configured freely; integration of audio measurements. The "Advanced Multimedia" option offers users the option of recording video and audio data.
2005
CANape Graph 5.6
The new version is strongly characterized by FlexRay integration. FlexRay was first used in automobile series production in 2006 in the BMW X5.
CANape Graph is the first XCP-on-FlexRay master on the market.
05/2006
Advertisement CANape 6.0With version 6.0, CANape Graph is renamed CANape.
Further expansion of diagnostic capabilities with ODX 2.0. Support for XCP on LIN as a Vector-specific solution for the XCP protocol is also added.
11/2006
Screenshot CANape 6.1CANape 6.1
The Symbol Explorer as central user interface, drag & drop concept, significant expansion of MATLAB/Simulink integration
2007
CANape 6.5
Simulink Model Explorer displays the Simulink models; GFX Editor allows assignment of signals to graphical objects in the Advanced Multimedia option. CANape now also supports voice output.
2008
Screenshot CANape 7.0CANape 7.0
New multi-recorder concept, visualization of Stateflow models, and support for VX1000 high-performance measurement and calibration hardware
2009
Advertisement CANape 8.0CANape 8.0
Introduction of the data mining concept, calibration history, and envelope curve support. New "Simulink XCP Server" option for linking CANape directly to a Simulink model at runtime.
2010
CANape 9.0
Windows 64 support, script debugging and support for the MDF 4.0 format, diagnostics via FlexRay
2011
Screenshot CANape 10.0CANape 10.0
Support for the multi-configuration concept simplifies the use of larger and more complex configurations; signal name changes are tracked throughout the development period via the thesaurus. Messages can now also be stored in the MDF 4.0 format.
2012
CANape 11.0
Support for the multi-configuration concept simplifies the use of larger and more complex configurations; signal name changes are tracked throughout the development period via the thesaurus. Messages can now also be stored in the MDF 4.0 format.
2013
Fact Sheet CANape 12.0CANape 12.0
Significantly expanded analysis of bus communication with CANoe Trace Window, direct use of vFlash projects for reprogramming. Support for CAN FD or XCP on CAN FD and XCP on BroadR-Reach. Recycle Bin function for recycling deleted windows. Open StreetMap is available as map material.
2014
Screenshot CANape 13.0CANape 13.0
Printing and reporting for convenient generation of reports. Video decoding of AVB data streams, DAIO interface for integration of any measurement technology.
2015
CANape 14.0
Visualization of GPS data in maps is included as a standard feature. Offline analysis of messages as in CANoe, graphical configuration of multiple Simulink models in Algorithm Designer. New time synchronization options in accordance with XCP version 1.3.
2016
Screenshot CANape 15.0CANape 15.0
Scalable decentralized recorder solution for very high data rates in the ADAS environment (> 1 Gbps), modern operating concept with intuitive ribbon, graphical interface for managing and linking functions and Simulink DLLs. New "vCDM Teams" option for convenient exchange of parameter sets within a team.