Automotive ICs drive advanced design at established nodes
Only a small yet shrinking number of applications fulfill the economic requirements of emerging technology nodes. However, there are plenty of opportunities at the established technology nodes; there are plenty of applications that don’t (won’t) benefit from the emerging technology nodes, and yet are advanced by design. Automotive is one of them.
Feb 03, 2015

Automotive Safety: Achieving ISO 26262 Compliance with Processor IP – Part 2 of 2
In the first part of this two-part article, we defined functional safety and the Automotive Safety Integrity Levels (ASILs) that determine the minimum testing requirements for safety-critical systems. We will now discuss how processor IP should be designed and the processes that must be followed to facilitate ISO certification of the safety-critical systems designed by OEMs.
Aug 01, 2014

Using Ethernet in Automotive Networks
Will Ethernet become the dominant interconnect for automotive applications? A look at the market trends and standards, and how to use Ethernet IP and virtual-prototyping solutions in automotive applications.
Jul 09, 2014

How to Trim Automotive Sensor?
In this article, you will learn more about the automotive sensing system market and it’s strong growth.
Jul 01, 2014

Is Your Processor IP ISO 26262-Compliant?
With the growth in ADAS and the growing demand for more safety-related SoCs and systems, it is important for semiconductor industry to have access to more ISO 26262-targeted IP products.
Jul 01, 2014

Design Considerations for Non-Volatile Memory IP in Automotive Applications
The key to designing semiconductor products for the high-volume automotive market is to meet the demanding requirements of a harsh environment without over designing the IC. This article will focus on the balancing act required to design non-volatile memory (NVM) for automotive Grade 0 applications that exceed quality and reliability criteria established for the extreme environment under the hood of a car, while respecting the cost and size parameters of even the smallest ICs. It will also cover the identification of critical test modes and developing a test flow that cuts test times by a factor of three over past NVM IP designs.
May 01, 2014

Automotive Safety: Achieving ISO 26262 Compliance with Processor IP – Part 1 of 2
The proliferation of electronic systems in automobiles has resulted in the creation of new automotive standards to ensure safety. The ISO 26262 standard is an adaption of the more general International Electromechanical Commission (IEC) 61508 functional safety standard. ISO 26262 defines functional safety for automotive equipment and addresses possible hazards caused by the malfunctioning of electronic and electrical systems in passenger vehicles. Components of automotive electrical/electronic systems play a critical role in achieving compliance to the ISO 26262 standard. This two part article examines ISO 26262 compliance from a processor IP perspective, describing the role processor IP plays and the processor features that facilitate the certification process.
Aug 01, 2013

Leverage video for auto electronics design
This article will define the Audio/Video Bridging (AVB) “standard” and associated issues for consumers. It will also explain why AVB is gaining traction in many markets, including your automobile. Author: John S. Swanson, Synopsys
Oct 29, 2012

Automotive VDKS
Synopsys' Virtualizer™ Development Kits (VDKs) help automotive designers address their software development challenges. VDKs are software development kits containing virtual prototypes of automotive specific microcontroller units (MCUs) and system-on-chips (SoCs), as well as debug and analysis tools and sample software, enabling engineers to start software development and integration and test activities months before the hardware design is available.
Sep 24, 2012

How Ford engineers cut costs and prototypes with CAE
The challenges that ever-increasing electrical/electronic complexity brings to the automotive industry means increasingly reliance on computer-aided engineering (CAE) and virtual design verification tools. Development cycles are getting shorter, and, to meet customer demand, robust designs need to be delivered as quickly as possible. This article addresses these challenges. Authors: Asaad Makki and Dave Beard of Ford Motor Company
Aug 28, 2012

Electrical System Design, Verification and Analysis using CAE
Adopting CAE analysis tools has helped Ford to cut the number of physical prototypes it uses, reduce costs, and improve quality. First published in the Automotive Technical Bulletin. Authors: Asaad Makki and Dave Beard of Ford Motor Company
Jul 01, 2012

Software Testing for Safety-Critical Systems
Virtual prototypes provide complete frameworks to create advanced fault-injection scenarios, which are non-intrusive, run faster and offer more control and visibility than traditional methods. This article explains their relevance to new safety critical standards like ISO 26262. First published in the Automotive Technical Bulletin. Author: Victor Reyes, Synopsys
Jul 01, 2012

Virtual Manufacturing for Zero Defects
The economics of the automotive industry are becoming more challenging for carmakers. Increased pressures on productivity, quality, and a proliferation of complex electrical systems are just some of the issues the industry has to address. This article explains how a virtual manufacturing methodology is helping GM to make the most of its resources while improving quality and managing increased subsystem complexity. Author: Bill Goodwin, General Motors
Mar 01, 2012

Virtual Design and Verification Solutions for e-Mobility
The electrification of vehicles is the key to innovation for carmakers. This articl takes a look at the challenges for design teams and the key qualities they need in a platform for virtual design. Author: David W. Smith, Synopsys
Mar 01, 2012

Power Systems Design: Multi-domain Simulation
A vehicle's power electronic components, coupled with the overall power management and control system, introduces a new set of challenges for electrical system design. These power electronic components include: energy storage devices (such as batteries, ultracapacitors), DC/DC converters, inverters, and drives. SaberRD, the latest addition to the Synopsys® automotive product portfolio, is designed for modeling and simulating power electronics with a focus on addressing the challenges of integrated power system design and validation.
Aug 17, 2011

The Virtual Vehicle, Part 4: Designing a fuel injection system
New engine designs are being subjected to increasing requirements from vehicle manufacturers and suppliers for higher efficiency, lower fuel consumption and improved driving comfort -- while at the same time meeting strict emissions standards.
Apr 15, 2009

The Virtual Vehicle: Part 3 - Developing robust wiring harnesses
The rapid increase in vehicle electrical features has significantly impacted the engineering of wiring harness systems. The proliferation of options and various vehicle platforms requires the use of tools that enable data consistency and option handling, as well as complete and efficient wiring verification within the vehicle.
Mar 12, 2009

The Virtual Vehicle: Part 2 - Early validation of vehicle electrical systems and power management
Due to the increase in vehicle comfort and safety features, there is a significant demand for more reliable electrical systems. An increasing number of vehicle electrical components require a greater amount of electrical power, which has to be ensured at all times.
Feb 13, 2009

The Virtual Vehicle: Part 1 - In-vehicle networking simulation and analysis
In-vehicle networking allows room for optimization; however, it also allows opportunity for errors. The design of appropriate topologies for the physical layer has proven a tremendous challenge, requiring model-based methodologies and tools in order to validate topology concepts early in the design process.
Jan 09, 2009

Increasing simulation model compatibility (In German)
Benefits of the VHDL AMS modeling language are driven by the increasing mechatronic content in vehicles and the need for compatible model exchange by OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to facilitate virtual prototyping of these complex multi-domain systems.
Jan 02, 2009

The Virtual Vehicle: Part 4 (In German)
Developing and Optimizing the Electronics of Automotive Injection Systems
Sep 01, 2008

The Virtual Vehicle: Part 3 (In German)
Robust Design of Wiring Harness Systems
Aug 01, 2008

The Virtual Vehicle: Part 2 (In German)
Early Validation of Electrical Systems and Energy Management
Jun 01, 2008

The Virtual Vehicle: Part 1 (In German)
Design of Networking Topologies (In-Vehicle Networks)
May 01, 2008

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