Benefits of ASAM Standards

ASAM Standards provide advantages for all stakeholders.

Benefits of ASAM Standards

Competition stimulates technical progress and is a driving force for creating better products at lower prices. This general rule is true for wide areas of our economy, but it is not true for every area. If a specific technology is actually not discernible by its users, then competion looses its purpose. For example, the end user of a car does not care in which language one ECU talks to another, in which format measurement data is stored on the OEM's server or whether a diagnostic trouble code has the value $3F or $F3. Competition in engineering ingenuity and creativity does not lead to progress here and does not create value for anyone. It actually leads to the opposite: multiple solutions for the same problem, incompatible systems, conversion losses, porting efforts, explosion of variants, and a drain of resources away from the company's core business.

 

Standards can harness this problem and bring the engineering focus back on track where it counts. At ASAM, we specialize on standards primarily for the Automotive industry. Experts from ASAM member companies have created in the past 20+ years standards for the development and test of automotive E/E systems. They have significantly reduced costs and efforts at OEMs and Tier-1 companies for the development, maintenance and administration of development tool chains. ASAM standards have created a global market for tool vendors, which where able to turn customer-specific tool development projects into universally saleable products for the global automotive market.

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Benefits for Automotive Companies

OEMs

Buy instead of make: OEMs are good in building cars. Leave tools to specialist companies. Avoid vendor lock-in by using standards.
 

  • Get tools based upon industry best practices
  • Commercial-of-the-shelf availability and quality
  • More mature tools with less bugs
  • Easy tool chain integration
  • Seamless data exchange and operation
  • Backward-compatibility
  • Less staff required for tool administration and support
  • Independence from single tool vendors
  • More competition, lower prices

Tier-1 Suppliers

One tool chain for multiple customers: Avoid the cost and hassles of a tool jungle.
 

 

  • Get tools based upon industry best practices
  • Commercial-of-the-shelf availability and quality
  • More mature tools with less bugs
  • Easy tool chain integration
  • Seamless data exchange and operation
  • Backward-compatibility
  • Less staff required for tool administration and support
  • Independence from single tool vendors
  • More competition, lower prices
  • Significantly reduced number of tool chains
  • Low efforts for data conversion, porting of code, variant management and other OEM-customizations

Tool Vendors

Reduced product development costs. Global market without limits.

 

  • Global market
  • High independence from single customers
  • Scalable sales: invest once, sell a lot
  • Free market research: standardized technologies are a strong hint for their market relevance
  • Free development specs: use standards as solid foundation for product development
  • Development resources shift: more for product development, less for customizations
  • Implement generally accepted work-flows
  • Faster product maturation
  • Reduced support efforts
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