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Ansys SCADE Architect
System & Software Architecture Design

Ansys SCADE Architect offers a graphical, model-based system and software architecture design environment for highly dependable embedded products. 


Cutting-Edge Model-Based Systems Engineering

Ansys SCADE Architect has been specifically developed for system engineers. It provides full support of industrial systems engineering processes, such as ARP 4754A, ISO 26262 and EN 50126. SCADE Architect features functional and architectural system modeling and verification in a SysML-based environment.

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    System Requirements Analysis
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    System Design Verification
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    Functional and Architecture Design
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    Synchronize ICDs

Quick Specs

Ansys SCADE Architect has been specifically developed for system engineers; the underlying SysML™ technology is hidden, making modeling more user-friendly and intuitive.

  • Analysis of System Use Cases
  • Support of Collaborative Work
  • Generate Consistent & Comprehensive Interface Control Documents (ICDs)
  • Data Management
  • Requirements Traceability
  • Synchronization with Software
  • System Constraints Representation
  • Model Consistency Checking
  • System Design Environment Configuration

U.S. Army, L3Harris and Ansys Collaborate to Improve Aviation Performance and Affordability

Two-year initiative supports rapid integration of software aligned to the FACE Technical Standard.


Streamline the development effort of embedded control/display/HMI applications aligned to the FACE Technical Standard and is compliant to the ARINC 661 standard.

"Contributions from our industry partners, including Ansys and L3Harris, help exercise and mature the FACE Technical Standard allowing rapid integration of capabilities for our warfighters. This enables us to provide our warfighters a wide variety of new and improved capabilities from any number of technology suppliers."

- Joe Carter / U.S. Army Program Executive Office Aviation G10 Tactical Branch Chief and FACE Consortium Steering Committee chair. 

The U.S. Army depends on the efficiency of safety-critical software development and integration efforts to advance emerging aviation and missile system capabilities while keeping program costs down. The Ansys SCADE software toolset efficiently enables a complete workflow ranging from FACE modeling through DO-178C (up to DAL-A) certifiable code-level generation. Ansys tools support software development aligned to the FACE Technical Standard at both the model and generated code levels, providing users with an easy workflow that passes the FACE Conformance Test Suite (CTS), a necessary test process included in the FACE Technical Standard.


A Smooth, User-friendly Design Environment for High Dependability Systems

Ansys SCADE Architect software gives you everything you need to design and verify systems and even synchronize your system with software design to eliminate inefficiencies and effort redundancies. Analyze system requirements, define system architectures and compare differences between system versions.


Key Features

Enjoy an effective functional and architectural system modeling and verification tool

  • System & Software architecture design
  • System & Software architecture design verification
  • ICD Generation and Synchronization with Software Design
  • Systems requirements analysis
  • System design environment configuration
  • Solutions for FACE, AADL, avionics interfaces


SCADE Architect has been specifically developed for system engineers; the underlying SysML™ technology is hidden, features of reusable/unique blocks for component-based modeling, import/export of data dictionaries and data propagation across block hierarchy. Management of read-only model libraries and complete model API in  Python, OCL, TCL or Java technologies allows scalability and customization. Import SysML models from IBM Rhapsody, NoMagic MagicDraw and Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect models are also supported. 

Our software’s design verification abilities allow you to automatically verify model rules for both entire models and their constituent parts. You can even set predefined rules for common usage patterns to quickly fix violations. Easily analyze and compare variations between model versions and filter to display model differences. Then see all your removals, insertions and other changes in tree view to easily understand the differences between model objects. Stay up to date with every change thanks to SCADE Architect’s comprehensive report on merge actions and differences before and after each merge session.

SCADE Architect automates the production of interface control documents. It produces tables from data representing interfaces of blocks. Data can be both imported and exported from both Excel and CSV formatted tables as well as customized to represent messages with dedicated communication protocol properties. This allows the tables to represent comprehensive ICDs.

SCADE Architect allows makes it possible to refine software components through bi-directional synchronization and parallel evolution of system design and software components. SCADE Architect’s advanced synchronization eliminates the duplication of effort create by synchronizing interfaces defined at the system level and refined at the software level.

SCADE Architect is a complete system requirements analysis solution allowing for the analysis of system use cases, system scenarios, system states and system activity. For each analysis, SCADE Architect employs easy to use diagrams and offers the ability to refine use cases, states, and actions referenced in the diagrams. Its SysML-based system design tool hides the UML technology for a simple, intuitive interface that supports functional and architectural decomposition. SCADE Architect can support representations of system states and actions control flow at any decomposition level within the State Machine Diagrams and Activity Diagrams. Architecture models can be imported in medini analyze for security and safety analysis, and traceability to requirements ensured by SCADE ALM Gateway.

Using the SCADE Architect Configurator you can configure the Architect Advanced Editor to meet specific needs determined by your project or user group. Use the SCADE Architect Configurator to define domain-specific objects, properties and constraints in a simplified diagram and customize your modeler with domain-specific UI palettes, property pages, menus and tables. You can even apply custom rules on meta models to ensure that your models meet modeling constraints.

SCADE Architect can be expanded with the addition of the Ansys SCADE Avionics Package, a dedicated, comprehensive solution for designing embedded avionics systems that meet important industry standards. The Avionics Package includes support for ARINC 429, ARINC 664-P7/AFDX or CAN communication protocols, Integrated Modular Avionics architecture, and ARINC 653 specific properties. It even generates ARINC 653 configuration files automatically. The Avionics Package also enables SCADE Architect to provide solutions for the AADL and FACE standards, making SCADE Architect the perfect platform for embedded system design for avionics.


Case Studies


U.S. Army, L3Harris and Ansys Collaborate to Improve Aviation Performance and Affordability

Two-year initiative supports rapid integration of software aligned to the FACE Technical Standard


Developing Portable and Reusable Applications with SCADE

This paper describes the tooling and process enhancement on the Ansys® SCADE® tools through customer feedback and evaluations primarily for developing UoPs for the Portable Components Segment (PCS) and PlatformSpecific Services Segment (PSSS) that are also ARINC 661 User Applications (UAs).



Ansys SCADE Architect Datasheet

SCADE Architect is part of the Ansys® Embedded Software family of products and solutions, which gives you a design environment for systems with high dependability requirements. It provides full support of industrial systems engineering processes, such as ARP 4754A, ISO 26262 and EN 50126.

White Papers

White Paper

The SCADE FACE Software Development Kit - SDK

This paper presents the configuration of the SCADE toolset for the development of FACE compliant applications and the use of the resulting SCADE FACE SDK for the development of such applications. Two applications (an Air Data Computer and a Radar Altimeter) developed by Northrop Grumman Missions Systems with the SCADE FACE SDK are highlighted in the paper.


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