Softing DTS.monaco is an extensive offboard diagnostic tool for the engineering sector which covers the entire range of application cases from ECU testing through to vehicle release. It is easily integrated into the test sequences and corporate processes, not least because of its flexible interfaces which can be configured to suit the relevant test step.
Softing DTS.monaco is the flagship of the Diagnostic Tool Set, the expert tool for professional diagnostics that has grown over the decades. It is based on the Softing Diagnostic Base System and thus benefits from crossmanufacturer experience in offboard diagnostics throughout the entire vehicle life cycle. New solutions are continuously being integrated into the stable and scalable tool base for the latest E/E architectures and security mechanisms.
The name MONACO – Modular Analyzer for Vehicle Communication – already clearly indicates one advantage of the application: modularity. Thanks to the di vision of the interfaces into fixed and flexibly configurable parts, it is possible to arrange working steps required for the tes ti ng process logically and efficiently. What are referred to as layouts in the Monaco workspace help the user to sort the topics. In turn, the specially developed diagnostic control elements can be placed within these freely configurable interfaces.The delivery scope also includes a few examples of widelyused application cases (OBD, WWHOBD, J193973), thus considerably facilitating getting started with Softing DTS.monaco.
Monaco Controls are available for typical application cases. Users without indepth knowledge can take advantage of these intuitively. The diagnostic commands and communication parameter behind those controls are preconfigured by experts at diagnostic service or diagnostic job level. Furthermore, diagnostic sequences can be directly incorporated in OTX (ISO 13209) and started. These are created using Softing OTX.studio.
Softing DTS.monaco is used in numerous engineering departments all over the world to take care of diagnostic tasks. The range of ODX and expert application cases extends through ECU release to the commissioning of HiL systems and test benches. The tool is also regularly used for updating and validating vehicles during onroad tests.
Regardless of the integration level of software and ECUs, communication problems along the OSI communication layers result in specific challenges for diagnostic experts. These problems are critical for the remaining life cycle of the vehicle because, for example, in manufacturing, this behavior can lead to delays in or an entire absence of vehicle programming. The debugging of this kind of defective communication behavior thus necessitates an interface which both sends out services and jobs individually or cyclically to the test system and interprets information from offboard communication in detail and records onboard messages. The complexity of this kind of analysis is growing increasingly in the latest E/E architectures and their security measures against undesired external tampering attempts. Softing DTS.monaco is always up to date here and reliably supports corresponding protocols and mechanisms. This is supported in particular by the control units “Diagnostic Service”, “Symbolic Trace”, “Bus Trace” as well as the “Logical Link List” with reliable information on the status of the connection and the representation of the relevant services and bus communication. The DoIP monitor integrated in the new DTS generation 9 is particularly helpful in this respect!
During the life cycle of an ECU/vehicle, various diagnostic services and functions specified by the OEM or legislator have to be supported. Softing DTS.monaco can be used for a first step in this partly approval-relevant validation. With the “Diagnostic Service” control (see figure above), it is possible to test the relevantservices and responses for their correct implementation in detail in the diagnostic database (ODX 2.0.1 or ODX 2.2). The tool also offers a special control unit with underlying ISO-compatible database for OBD validation. Here it is possible to reliably test the different modes and functional command groups of the OBD specification. No expert knowledge is necessary for this as the procedure is determined by the user interface. This simplification means that a result can be quickly and efficiently determined with the HiL system or vehicle.
The identification of a test unit as well as the reading out of the error memory are activities which are repeated throughout the product life cycle. Regardless of whether HiL, test bench or vehicle – the versions as well as any error memory entries which might occur must be acquired and documented in every test sequence. The most important aspect here is a simple and intuitive operation as well as reliable documentation (in part with a direct central link to IT systems). This kind of identification and error report can be generated and stored by Softing DTS.monaco. An XML file format for reports is expedient here. This is supported in particular by the control units “ECU Identification”, “DTC” and “Tool Quicktest”.
The visually meaningful representation of measurement parameters and their thresholds is necessary particularly at the test bench and in vehicle validation. Softing DTS.monaco helps visualize various states regardless of whether a NOx sensor has to fulfill its values within a certain time or if it has to be indicated that pressure or temperature has reached a threshold value. Corresponding services and parameters can be configured for this in a data server and reused. Naturally interaction with actuators is also possible. To ensure this is all documented, Softing DTS.monaco contains a recorder which records and can reproduce data reliably.
ECU and vehicle updating is an important application area for Softing DTS.monaco, as an accompanying measure in the engineering process to validate various software versions, but also to prepare the automated flash procedure for manufacturing and after-sales service. The compatibility to all kinds of methods and file formats is just as important here as simple and reliable operation. A process usually consists of several substeps as well as an initialization routine – now often additionally safeguarded with the Seed & Key procedure. Naturally, with its “flash” control element and numerous configuration possibilities, Softing DTS.monaco offers sufficient flexibility to be able to support complex procedures. In other words: ODX-D + Flash Job (with reference in ODX-F), External Flash Files (HEX, MOT, BIN, S3 and S19), Flash Sequences, Security Access, Latebound Flash Files, Flash Files > 4GB (“64-bit Flashing”), among others, are supported.
Fundamental analysis of diagnostic and on-board communication at bus level in hexadecimal notation.
Data verification and communication test with full access to functions and sequences of the database for experts.
Analysis of diagnostic communication at the application level in symbolic notation.
One-off or cyclical execution of list control for diagnostic services in service or parameter notation.
Execution of complex diagnostic or test sequences in compliance with ISO 13209 (OTX).
Visualizing tests with pictures, text or link to RTF/PDF/CHM files.
Automated setup and tear-down of communication to ECUs.
Logical Link List
Monitoring and influencing the communication state of ECUs.
Activation / deactivation of a switch, each starts a sequence of services (e.g. change ECU state).
Visualizing and modifying ECU variables using various graphic elements. (Measuring, parameterizing and actuator diagnostics)
Recording/saving ECU variables (list, instruments or oscilloscope) and modifying them (actuator).
Reading out and clearing the ECU error memory.
ECU Identification *
Reading out the identification information of individual ECUs or an entire vehicle.
Programming of individual or multiple memory areas of ECUs.
Validation and release of OBD self-diagnosis and the different modes for K-line and CAN protocols.
Running sequences of services, jobs or sequences using buttons.
Tool Quick Test *
Fast determination of vehicle status as regards ECU identification and error memory.
Variant Coding *
Powerful expert tool for coding individual ECUs.
* Configuration must be adapted to relevant ODX authoring guideline!
Softing DTS.monaco (8)
Softing DTS.monaco (9)
|Windosw 7/10 (32-bit/64-bit)||Windows 10 (64-bit)|
|2.0.1 legacy mode, 2.2.0||2.0.1 legacy mode, 2.2.0|
|OTX v2.x (.otxp)||OTX v3/4.x (.stxp) (new extensions from ISO standard 13209)|
|Dongle||Node-locked, Floating (on request)|
|.mnc||.mnc Migration, .mncx|
Parameter measurement files
Trace file support
|.trc, .xpvt||.trc., .xpvt, .asc, .pcab (npcap)|
|separate tool||integrated functions in main UI|
VCI handling (PDU API)
|not supported||supported on TCP/IP|
|only communication execution||communication execution & live analysis (trace)|
Configuration/Design mode of workspaces
|explicit licensed||available for everyone with a valid DTS9 license package|
|Function / Package||DTS8 Monaco|
OEM Supplier Expert
OEM Supplier Enterprise
|Short Description||Package for the user of DTS8 as a diagnostic application (for the preconfigured workspaces / teamplates in the OEM supplier ratio)||Package for the user of DTS8 as a diagnostic application (for the preconfigured workspaces / teamplates in the OEM supplier relationship), as well as for the project creators of the diagnostic projects and workspaces||Package for the user of DTS9 as a diagnostic application via the familiar Monaco workspaces and functions||Package for the user of DTS9 as a diagnostic application (Monaco workspaces) but also the (remote) control of the diagnosis on test benches and test automation (mostly via third-party applications)|
|Open, edit, create Monaco workspaces (with all HMI / sD Controls)||Only open / execute and change / edit various small parameters||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Encrypt and read SMR data with OEM encryption||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|OTX Studio: Create and edit OTX scripts (projects) and GUIs (Note: Only included in OEM and supplier packages – not for other customers)||No, optional product||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Use of the Softing D-PDU API also with third-party interfaces||No, optional product||No, optional product||Yes||Yes|
|Use of the SDE.MVCI via third party applications (use of the diagnostic kernel)||No, optional product||No, optional product||No||Yes|
|Use of the OTX Runtime API as part of the SDE via third party applications (use of the OTX runtime engine outside of DTS9 e.g. via Jenkins / command line, automation applications ...)||No, optional product||NO, optional product for API, only use of command line for OTX script execution||No||Yes|
|Use of Monaco SOAP API for test benches||No, optional product||No, optional product||No||Yes|
|Use of DTS.monaco via Remote Desktop Protocols (RDP)||Depending on the license carrier / hardware used||Depending on the license carrier / hardware used||For single user licenses: No, optional product|
For floating network licenses: Yes
|Technical Data||Softing DTS8.moncao||Softing DTS.monaco (9)|
|Operating System||Windosw 7/10 (32-bit/64-bit)||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Recommended System||Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM||Intel Core i5 >7th Generation / Core i7, 4 Core-Processor, 6GB RAM|
|Updates||Recent updates (2019) are supported by version 8.16||Recent updates are supported by version 9.x|
|Order Numbers Softing DTS.monaco (9)|
Basic package of the diagnostic tester. It includes all content that can be used generically on diagnostic services and specified OTX processes as well as the OBD conformity check. The creation and editing of workspaces is included.
Expansion of the basic package by the use of complex diagnostic processes (DTC, ECU identification, flash programming, quick test) in the user interface, as well as the addition of remote diagnosis support (the use usually requires a one-time mapping of the customer's service name guidelines to the user interface – AGL).
Complete package for using diagnostic interfaces through DTS 9 UI (see PRO version) as well as using the basic diagnostic system (OTX Runtime, MVCI Server) via. third-party application (e.g. test bench application).
|Supplementary Products and Services for Softing DTS.moncao (9)|
Maintenance & Service Package
Includes support by phone and email regarding installation, commissioning and operation, free minor and medium as well as discounted major software upgrades
Engineering and Trainings
For Softing DTS.monaco there are a variety of trainings as well as the possibility to receive support for the creation of workspaces, diagnostic processes or diagnostic databases – on request.