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IBM’s Rational Rhapsody provides a visual development environment for systems engineers and software developers

German automotive suppliers Continental and Hella Hueck are among the first users of a new suite of development software tools from IBM and Inchron, a maker of design solutions for embedded systems.

The software, which is designed to help develop complex automotive systems, lets system developers model, simulate and electronic controllers and systems in real time.

According to an IBM press release, Hella is already using the software to develop electrical systems and electronic control components. In addition, the company uses the software to analyse how systems interact in terms of time and performance.

At Continental, developers are using the IBM platform to model and test various design alternatives during the development process. The developers are able to virtually integrate hardware and software before actually building the real system.

The new software integrates Inchron's suite of tools into IBM's Rational Rhapsody visual development environment.

Andreas Wolfram, a Continental expert, said the use of Inchron and IBM software saves time and money and makes it possible to provide faster feedback to customers that want to make changes in projects.