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Issue 2, 2012

Special Announcement
Calling all Automotive Electronics Designers — Check out Synopsys’ NEW Automotive Technical Bulletin

The electronic components in today’s automobiles have grown from 5% to 40% over the last three decades. To help automotive electronics designers keep up with the latest automotive technology news, Synopsys Insight would like to introduce the new Automotive Technical Bulletin. Learn about industry trends and more about the Automotive Technical Bulletin as we highlight the stories from the first issue.

There is no doubt about it; electrification is the driving force for automotive manufacturers today. During the 1980s, electronics comprised just 5% of the content of a vehicle; today, it is 40%, and in just a few years, it will reach 50%. While the increase in vehicle electronics serves to enhance the driving experience and improve safety and efficiency, it is also challenging automotive engineers to deal with new technologies and dramatic rises in system complexity. Meanwhile, car manufacturers face a barrage of economic, competitive and regulatory pressures.

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Automotive Information and Insights

Through the Automotive Technical Bulletin, our intent is to provide important technology information and insights to automotive engineers and managers. Industry insiders and Synopsys technical staff will address topical technical issues and look at best practices for automotive systems electrification. Some of the issues that we will cover include virtual prototyping of Electronic Control Unit (ECU) and multi-domain systems, embedded software validation, FPGA implementation, Electromagnetic Interference/Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMI/EMC) simulation, and mechatronic and electrical system design.

New challenges often require new solutions. By featuring early adopters of the latest techniques for automotive system design and verification, we hope to increase the level of awareness and understanding across engineering teams and management and stimulate greater cross-functional collaboration.

Virtual Manufacturing for Zero Defects
William C. Goodwin, senior project engineer, General Motors Powertrain, explains how a virtual manufacturing methodology is helping the company to make the most of its resources while improving quality and managing increased subsystem complexity.

Virtual Design and Verification Solutions for e-Mobility

David W. Smith, Synopsys scientist, takes a look at the challenges design teams face and the key qualities they need in a platform for virtual design.

Read the latest Automotive Technical Bulletin

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