Professional Calibration Data Management

Professional Calibration Data Management with vCDM

Graphic process of managing calibration data
The functions of vCDM support all phases of the calibration process

vCDM is the database-supported platform for calibration teams. Work results are efficiently merged, and potential data conflicts are avoided or detected and resolved. All data changes are seamlessly tracked.

A large number of variants can be controlled by meta data, organization of dependencies, components, automatic calculation of parameter value and re-use of work packages. Datasets are consistent and have high data quality. Data mining and report functions improve the quality and efficiency of your processes.

Calibration data is graphically displayed and manually processed with the proven vCDMstudio editor as a powerful work environment for the calibrator.


  • Work packages, parameter and use case permissions can be utilized to avoid conflicts. If conflicts occur, they are detected and can be conveniently resolved.
  • All operations are optimized for a large number of variants.
  • Data is saved in an ECU-independent internal data format. In this way transformations between ECU and engineering notations are prevented. Data analysis and report functions can be processed very efficiently.
  • The modern system architecture supports globally distributed teams.
  • vCDMstudio is part of vCDM and can be used without database connection for file based operations.
  • Domain-specific views visualize certain aspects of the application data in a clear form.
  • Data protection through roles and rights at the dataset level
  • Efficient variant management for derivatives and components

Highlights Version 6.4

  • Support for new ECU architectures extends the scope of application of vCDM to ECUs based on AUTOSAR Adaptive as well as to the field of function development and simulation.
  • Flexible project tree: Create folders yourself or generate the project tree automatically on the basis of defined rules.
  • Extended change tracking creates greater transparency in the project structure and in the project or data set options
  • Optimized management through multiple values for attributes in data sets and calibration variants
  • Improved searches for data sets and files
  • Simplified project management thanks to the management of milestones
More information and tool demos at a webinar recording from April 24, duration 53 minutes:

This webinar introduces to the features of vCDM version 6.4. Learn how project explorer can help you to organize projects and datasets in the vCDM database. We will show how the improved search and multi attributes optimize your everyday work.

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  • The parameter data of ECU architectures that are not based on A2L and HEX at calibration level can now also be managed using vCDM. This extends the scope of application of vCDM to ECUs based on AUTOSAR Adaptive as well as to the field of function development and simulation.
  • You can now create or import parameter declarations quickly and easily using the ASAP2 Studio Editor. Imports are also possible from Excel or other sources.
  • Scalar parameters as well as maps and curves together with their axes, text parameters and measured values in declarations are supported.
  • You manage parameter values at a purely symbolic level. The entire function scope is available, including data import, merging, change of program version, report generation, history, data analysis and export functions.
  • Parameter values can be processed in various input and output formats that are relevant in different application areas: C-Code/Header, MATLAB, CDF2.0 etc.
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  • Configure the project tree to meet your requirements: Create folders yourself or generate the project tree automatically on the basis of defined rules.
  • You can store multiple rules for project trees and switch between these. You can share rules with other users and a rule version management function is also implemented.
  • Many detailed improvements to the project tree have been implemented: optimized display of ECU software in the tree, automatic incrementation of revision names and much more.
  • All the functions in the project tree are available independently of the working model.
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  • The tracking of changes in the project structure or of individual options in the project or data set has been improved.
  • The change history is now displayed more clearly.
  • Transparent tracking of who moved data sets to different folders, modified copy rules or added attachments is now possible.
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  • Large numbers of data sets can be managed better thanks to the use of multiple values for data set attributes (metadata).
  • Cases in which data sets or calibration variants are used for multiple areas of application are now depicted more clearly.
  • Attributes with multiple values can be used to filter the data sets, for rule-based displays in the project tree or for outputs in reports.
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  • The search function for data sets and files have been improved.
  • Metadata for search queries can be selected more simply and clearly.
  • The display of the search results has been fine-tuned.
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  • You can simplify your project management activities by adding a milestone plan to the calibration project.
  • Individual data sets can be assigned to milestones.
  • The milestones can be used for analyses and searches.
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  • You can optionally check the HEX files after generation. The result is logged automatically.
  • In the folder-based working mode (working as in CANape and INCA) it is now also possible to add metadata when uploading the HEX file (data set creation).
  • Extended parameter rules: Optimizations have been implemented to permit the execution of hundreds of rules for each data set. It is possible to create maps and curves using rules.
  • A Japanese GUI is available as of SP1
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  • Change of user mode: A user who started with the intuitive and guided user mode is able to easily switch to the expert mode later.
  • Integration with calibration tools: Direct start of vCDM functions from calibration tools CANape and INCA without having to leave vCDM.
  • Web browser access: Easy access for external organizations and sporadic users.
  • Integration in company applications: Integration of vCDM into company applications with the help of the COM and SOAP programming interfaces.
  • Domain-specific extension: Function Inhibit Matrix

Special Functions

Vehicles are calibrated by engineers using tools such as CANape or INCA. To ensure that engineers do not have to leave these tools to interact with vCDM, vCDM can be coupled to CANape and INCA:

  • For INCA the standardized eCDM interface is provided.
  • Integration in CANape is highly optimized for specific features and functions of CANape and vCDM.

You can download the latest software revisions of vCDM into the calibration tool and deliver calibration data into vCDM directly from the calibration tool.

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Screenshot web frontend of vCDM

Web browser based access is available for limited access to calibration data. This is ideal for providing access to vCDM to external suppliers, shop areas, software developers and other occasional users.

The web browser based access fulfills all usual IT security guidelines, even for communications with external organizations.

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vCDM supports two forms of saving calibration data:

  1. Data is saved address-based in Intel-HEX or Motorola S-Record files. This form of data saving is only readable for ECUs.
  2. Data is not saved in physical notation in parameter set files. This notation is easy for calibrators to interpret.

Conversion between the two notations involves the use of A2L files.

The internal database model of vCDM uses the second notation to save all data ECU-independently. This enables wide-ranging analyses in a short period of time, since the data do not need to be converted from the address-based notation to a human readable form.

Extensive reports can be generated within just a few seconds. They output an overview of all changes and their sources, check the consistency of variants and identify optimization potential of parameters.

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Supported Data Formats

Object data formats: Intel-HEX, Motorola S-Records
Parameter formats: DAMOS DCM, CSV/CVX, MSR PaCo, ASAM CDF 2.0, CANape PAR, MATLAB m-files
ECU description files: ASAM A2L, CANape DB
Report formats: Excel, PowerPoint, Word, PDF, HTML

Product Description

Fact Sheet:

Product Information:

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Operating System
Windows 7 Professional SP1, 8.1, 10 (32 bit/64 bit), Windows 2012 WTS and 2016 WTS
Intel Core i5 3 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz
Memory (RAM)
2048 MB
1024 MB, 512 MB free
Hard drive capacity
300 MB for program + file cache size (min. 1 GB recommended)
Screen resolution
Components provided with client installation
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6 Full
  • Microsoft Direct X 10
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable Package
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable Package
  • MSXML 6.0
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Do you have technical questions and are looking for suitable answers? Our KnowledgeBase provides the most important!

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vCDM in "Software-as-a-Service" mode

Tight IT resources & limited budget

Illustration data manegement

In contrast to software for measurement and calibration of ECUs, a data management solution is not a single-user based solution. Besides the user access to the PC, vCDM also consists of a server and the database. Like any business solution, vCDM requires the support of the IT department for operation and maintenance. Although the IT effort is low, major challenges in the department often arise in the competition for limited IT resources. In many cases, the result is time delays and additional, high internal costs. Small companies and departments therefore often decide not to use calibration data management – in spite of the technical advantages.

The need for data management frequently emerges from the technical requirements in a project. In the classic software license model, the procurement costs for a data management solution must be paid from the project budget or the purchase must be prepared for well in advance in the budget planning. For this reason, the frequently large inefficiencies resulting from manual data management are accepted because the purchase of a calibration data management solution is not practical.

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Vector supports you in the use of vCDM by offering a new “Software-as-a-Service” offer. In this case, Vector provides the necessary infrastructure (hardware, software, and database) that you can subscribe to on a project-related basis. All procurement and maintenance costs are thus eliminated. All services for operation (data backup, database maintenance, and many more) are included in the subscription costs. The annual subscription costs also include one software update including data migration so that the latest product features can always be used. Vector Support is available to answer your technical questions.
Your department can thus use a CDM solution quickly without effort and simultaneously has full cost transparency.

A high level of data security is guaranteed through many security measures (encryption, client separation, ISO 27001). Selected globally distributed computing centers ensure fast response times.

This Software-as-a-Service offer is available starting with vCDM Version 5.8 and CANape Version 15.0.

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  • No internal expenses for installation, operation and maintenance of vCDM server and database by experts of Vector
  • High level of data security through client separation and ISO 27001 certification
  • All costs for operation and maintenance of the server components are included in the subscription fee
  • Fast provision of total solution
  • Scaling of the server components (small, medium, large) according to your requirements
  • Competent technical support during Vector service hours

Scope of services:

  • User access via the vCDM client application (subscription or purchase)
  • Annual software update (as of the 13th month)
  • Minimum scope: 1 year subscription, 5 users
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In the Vector Calibration Data Management Workshop, you become familiar with the fundamentals necessary for working with vCDM. The focus here is on the calibration process in practice. The workshop also addresses other functions of vCDM that help you to simplify your work processes.