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alec
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posted 13 April 2001 03:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alec   Click Here to Email alec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Many automotive purchasers in Germany, Sweden, Italy and Japan are now embarking upon software process capability assessments of their suppliers using either ISO 15504 or CMM.

I would be pleased to hear of any experiences from either purchaser or supplier on this matter.

Sofware is becoming increasingly important (and therefore a high risk) as many of the componenets are safety critical.

ALso I would be pleased to hear of any industry initiatives in the different manufacturer groupings establishing contractual requirements on their suppliers for embedded software development.

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What type of software? Test software? Canned SPC software? In-house written software? Embedded device software (also known as firmware)? Software which controls the engine control computer? Anti-lock brake nmodule firmware?

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posted 15 April 2001 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alec   Click Here to Email alec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maily embedded software in
- braking systems
- steering wheels, cruise controls etc
- infotainment systems
- airbags
- stabalising systems
- lighting systems
- telephone systems (including emergency)
- etc etc

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posted 15 April 2001 05:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marc Smith   Click Here to Email Marc Smith     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't cite personal experience. Just trying to nailthings down. I as well am interested in any war stories or other information.

By the way, CMM in the software world is not a dimensional measurement device, but rather SEI's Software Capability Maturity Model.

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