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.


  • Team efficiency: Avoid, detect and resolve data conflicts
  • Traceability of all changes
  • Flexibility of vCDM: All application domains and ECU architectures are supported: powertrain and chassis, AUTOSAR Classic and Adaptive, Tier1 and OEM, functional development and simulation
  • The convenient vCDMstudio editor is part of vCDM and can also be used without the database for file-based tasks
  • Domain-specific views visualize specific aspects of the calibration data in an easy to understand form (e.g. Function-Inhibit Editor for OBD)
  • Modern, cloud-ready system architecture and support of globally distributed teams
  • All operations are optimized for a large number of variants

Highlights Version 19

  • Check of Safety and Emission Relevant Parameters: new “Conditions”, “Severity” and “User Hints” for Calibration Rules

  • vCDMstudio Calibration Rule App: Calibration Rule creation and execution in vCDMstudio

  • Monitoring of Parameters: for support of compliance initiatives

  • Process Quality: Configuration of required data quality for process steps
  • Parameter Approval: Improved feedback for calibration parameter approval (merge)
  • Performance Improvements: Several client and server performance optimizations
  • Visual Appearance: Alignment of user interface, iconology and version with Vector CANape
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  • Conditional execution of calibration rules - i.e. “Rule applies only to US vehicles:”
  • Conditions can refer to vCDM use-cases (i.e. “When generate hex-file”) or vCDM Attributes
  • Classification of failing calibration rules as “Error”, “Warning”, “Info”
  • Provide additional information for rules as “User Hints”
  • Editor for conditional expressions and Parameter Computation Rules
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  • A new plug-in App to extend vCDMstudio for Calibration Rules
  • New editor to create or modify Calibration Rule Sets
  • Execution perspective to validate calibration files against Calibration Rules
  • Validations results are displayed, logged and can immediately be reviewed
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  • Definition of classifications in vCDM (i.e. Emission, Safety)
  • Assign parameters to classifications
  • Define measures for changes of classified parameters
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  • Validation Framework to define measures to check and validate parameters
  • Newly defined process steps for Import – Approve – Release of parameters
  • Extended configuration of “Required Data Quality” to allow process progression
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  • Improved resolution for conflicting parameter changes 
  • Reduced number of process steps during approval (merge)
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  • Faster navigation through dashboard pages in vCDMcenter
  • Reduced number of servers calls for several operations
  • Use-case performance up-to 15% faster (internal benchmark suite with V6.8)
  • vCDMstudio now in 64-Bit 
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  • Visual style of Vector CANape adopted
  • vCDM main application renamed to vCDMcenter
  • Version number changed to 19
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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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vCDM in "Software-as-a-Service" mode

Tight IT resources & limited budget

Illustration data management

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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All Puzzle Parts for OBD Documentation

photo puzzle parts for OBD documentation
Integrated process for generating the legally required On-Board Diagnostics documentation faster and without errors

OBD-II and HD OBD require extensive documentation from manufacturers for approval of new vehicle models by certification authorities. Creating it requires precise knowledge of the legal requirements, details of the implementation of the monitoring functions in the ECU, knowledge of extensive responsibilities, insight into the calibration parameters of the ECU, and much more. Besides the complexity of these tasks, correctness (of form and content) is extremely important, since there is a threat of fines for each approved vehicle.

A structured process for creating OBD documentation supports manufacturers and suppliers in meeting these challenges and makes it possible to build up a knowledge base. An integrated tool like vCDM can support all the engineers involved according to their tasks and makes it possible to reuse existing knowledge in a sensible way. This leads to significant time savings and helps to reduce errors and the associated costs.

Product Description

Fact Sheet:

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Operating system:

  • Windows 10 (32 bit or 64 bit)
  • Windows 2016 WTS (32 bit or 64 bit)

System Requirements:

Processor frequency: 3 GHz or higher

Screen resolution: 1280 x 1024 or more

Main memory: 2048 MB RAM free

Hard disk: 1 GB for the programs (vCDM, vCDMstudio, ASAP2 Studio combined) and minimum 1 GB for file cache size recommended

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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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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


Always Keep the Overview

Data Acquisition, Data Processing and Data Management. Whether you are interested in one or all three topics, the poster is always a good choice.


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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.