Skip to main content

PolarSys Introduces Five New Open Source Solutions for Embedded System Development

Eclipse Working Group aims to improve tools for embedded system development through open innovation

Ottawa, Canada and Embedded World, Nuremberg, Germany – February 23, 2015 - PolarSys, a working group of the Eclipse Foundation, is pleased to announce five new industry solutions for embedded system development. The new solutions target the key aspects of embedded system development, including Systems and Software Engineering, Software Development, and Verification and Validation. The first PolarSys solutions will be available for download in March, 2015.

PolarSys is a collaboration among some of the world’s largest systems engineering companies, including Airbus, Ericsson, CEA List, and Thales. This group is dedicated to creating an environment of open innovation that will create better tools and methods for systems engineering. It is expected that the resulting solutions will be better suited to the requirements of modern engineering teams and will provide more flexible extensibility and customization that makes it easier to adopt the tools to the methods and processes of software engineering teams.

The new PolarSys solutions include the following:

  • Capella is a model-based engineering solution that includes a graphical modeling workbench that helps engineers build better architectures. Capella provides the tools necessary for engineering-wide collaboration through shared reference architectures and the ability to understand and define complex architectures.
  • Papyrus is the PolarSys solution for SysML and UML modeling. It relies on the underlying Eclipse platform and on other Polarsys and Eclipse-based offerings to fulfill lifecycle integration needs, such as a C/C++ IDE, source control (e.g. Git), and reporting. Through its integrated support for UML and SysML modeling, Papyrus provides the basis for the adoption and use of Model Driven Engineering (MDE) and Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE). In addition, partners have already built industrial tools based on Papyrus to support their domains and their customers.
  • Titan is a test automation toolset supporting the complete chain of test development, test execution, and results analysis. Titan provides a full-featured TTCN-3 environment and a standard test language, which makes it well suited for grey-box and black-box testing of components, systems, and models.
  • C/C++ for Embedded Linux is based on the very popular Eclipse CDT IDE that is used extensively by embedded software engineering teams. CDT runs on most variants of Linux and integrates with GCC, Clang, and GDB and can also be use on non-Linux embedded systems.
  • Trace Compass is a powerful tool for the analysis and visualization of log files and system traces. It allows engineers and technical support personnel to diagnose problems, tune for performance, and improve comprehension of system behavior.

All of the PolarSys solutions are based on technology and tools that have been deployed by large-scale systems engineering teams. All the solutions are open source and are provided free of charge under the Eclipse Public License (EPL).

"The innovation required to advance systems engineering tools needs to be led by the key system engineering companies," explains Dominique Toupin, Chair of the PolarSys Working Group and Product Manager at Ericsson. "This is why we believe the PolarSys Working Group is a perfect environment for open innovation that can include many different companies participating in the development of future tools to systems engineers."

The Eclipse Foundation and the PolarSys Working Group will be demonstrating the PolarSys solutions at the Embedded World conference on February 24-26 in Nuremberg, Germany. The Eclipse Foundation booth will be in Hall 4, booth 160. Representatives of the Eclipse Foundation will also be presenting at the Embedded World conference: Gaël Blondelle will present "How to Test Complex Systems" on February 25 at 1:30pm and Benjamin Cabé will present “Building the Internet of Things with Eclipse IoT Stack and Java” on February 26.

About the PolarSys Working Group

PolarSys is an industrial working group dedicated to open source tools for embedded systems development. It addresses the full range of systems engineering activities, including modeling, requirements engineering, simulation, code and debugging, and testing and verification.

PolarSys is led by large organizations such as Airbus, Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA), Ericsson, and Thales.

About the Eclipse Foundation

Eclipse is an open source community whose projects are focused on building an open development platform comprised of extensible frameworks, tools, and runtimes for building, deploying, and managing software across the lifecycle. A large, vibrant ecosystem of major technology vendors, innovative start-ups, universities, research institutions, and individuals extend, complement, and support the Eclipse Platform.

The Eclipse Foundation is a not-for-profit, member supported corporation that hosts the Eclipse projects. Full details of Eclipse and the Eclipse Foundation are available at

Back to the top