AdaCore Releases New Versions of GNAT Pro, CodePeer, QGen and SPARK Pro

Annual major release of flagship products brings new platform support, other enhancements 

NUREMBERG, Germany, Embedded World Conference, March 14, 2017 -- AdaCore today announced the release of the latest version of its four major products:

  • GNAT Pro 17.1, a development environment for Ada and C, on native and cross platforms;
  • CodePeer 17.1, a deep static analysis tool for Ada that can identify bugs and vulnerabilities both during development and retrospectively on existing code bases;
  • QGen 17.1, a model-based development and verification toolset for Simulink® and Stateflow® models, which generates code in MISRA-C or SPARK; and
  • SPARK Pro 17.1, a verification environment that brings mathematics-based assurance to high-integrity software.

“Developing and verifying critical systems is a challenging task, especially when certification against software standards such as DO-178C or EN 50128 is required,” said Cyrille Comar, AdaCore President. “The latest version of our products will help organizations meet this challenge, through enhancements such as QGen’s model-level debugger and CodePeer’s detection of dangerous CWE weaknesses. Customers have long relied on AdaCore’s tools and services when producing safety-critical or high-security software, and our V17.1 product line marks a continuation of our commitment.”

GNAT Pro includes a full-featured build toolset for Ada and C, Integrated Development Environments (the GNAT Programming Studio (GPS) and the Eclipse-based GNATbench), a comprehensive suite of tools (a visual debugger, a coding standard checker, etc.), and an extensive set of libraries and bindings.  The GNAT Pro 17.1 release, based on GCC 6 and GDB 7.10, includes improved debugger support under GPS, a better algorithm for Ada elaboration order, enhancements to the GPRbuild multi-language build tool, better integration of GNATtest and GNATcoverage, an implementation of the extended Ravenscar profile on bare metal targets, and support for SMP on leon3. The supplemental GNATcoverage dynamic analysis tool has been upgraded with incremental coverage analysis, improved object code coverage, and support for ARM bare metal and native Windows (both 32- and 64-bit) platforms.

CodePeer is an Ada source code analyzer that detects run-time and logic errors, including a number of weaknesses among the Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE) Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors. CodePeer 17.1 provides improvements in the handling of “false alarms”, more precise diagnostic messages, and a variety of user interface enhancements. The tool has been designated as “CWE Compatible” in the MITRE Corporation’s Common Weakness Enumeration Compatibility and Effectiveness Program.

QGen is a qualifiable and tunable code generator and model verification toolsuite for a safe subset of Simulink® and Stateflow® models, particularly oriented towards real-time control software in safety-critical systems. QGen 17.1 includes a model-level debugger that is unique in the industry, allowing synchronized views and execution control between the model and the generated code. QGen 17.1 also includes support for Processor-in-the-Loop (PIL) testing, an enhanced user interface, improved code generation, and the implementation of additional blocks.

SPARK Pro is an integrated static analysis toolsuite for verifying high-integrity software through formal methods. It supports the SPARK 2014 language and can be used at various levels, for example to demonstrate the absence of run-time errors. SPARK uses the same contract-based programming syntax as Ada 2012, facilitating “hybrid verification” that combines traditional testing and formal methods. SPARK Pro 17.1 brings improved proof automation and enhanced proof interaction (including the generation of counterexamples).

All V17.1 products are available now. For pricing, specific platform details or other information please contact

About AdaCore
Founded in 1994, AdaCore supplies software development and verification tools for mission-critical, safety-critical, and security-critical systems. Over the years customers have used AdaCore products to field and maintain a wide range of critical applications in domains such as space systems, commercial avionics, rail systems, military systems, air traffic management/control, medical devices, and financial services. AdaCore has an extensive and growing world-wide customer base; see for further information.

AdaCore products are open source and come with expert on-line support provided by the developers themselves. The company has North American headquarters in New York and European headquarters in Paris.

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