Automotive Solutions from Silicon to Software 


The rapid growth of automotive electronics provides unique challenges for global design teams to meet reliability, time-to-market and cost-effectiveness goals. Whether you are implementing digital or analog/mixed-signal ICs, advanced FPGAs, integrating complete vehicle systems, developing embedded software or enabling hardware/software co-design, Synopsys provides a comprehensive set of tools and IP for today’s complex automotive designs.

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Electronics continue to expand in all aspects of automotive design as demand for improved safety, security, connectivity, efficiency and reliability continues to grow. Automotive system design incorporates semiconductor, FPGA, PCB, system, and complex software and requires an efficient exchange of design information across the supply chain. Integrating all these aspects of electronics requires careful attention to component design and system interactions to reduce costs and warranty recalls, meet performance specification, and enhance vehicle safety and reliability.

Synopsys has the tools and IP you need for electronic automotive design including:

  • IC – Design, test and verify advanced digital and analog/mixed-signal ICs for complex automotive functions
  • FPGA Design – Implementation of FPGAs to quickly support new electrical functions
  • PCB – Integrate and verify PCB designs in the supply chain flow
  • Mechatronic Systems – Design and verify individual components and systems interaction to increase reliability and reduce costs using Robust Design methodologies
  • Prototyping – From MCU/SoC architecture design to software and system development at semiconductor, tier one and OEM companies, prototyping is essential to accelerate development, improve quality and reliability and reduce automotive development cost
  • IP - Reduce risk and speed time-to-market with silicon-proven, ISO 26262 ASIL B Ready IP including interface and analog IP, processor cores, embedded memories with test and repair, logic libraries and NVM
  • Functional Qualification System - Efficient fault testing at system and component levels in support of the ISO 26262 standard
  • Emulation - Full-chip verification with high-performance emulation
  • Automotive Lighting - Design, simulate and analyze automotive lighting, including forward, rear and signal lighting, reflectors and headlamp beam patterns.

Synopsys has the tools, IP and methodologies necessary for today’s advanced automotive designs from silicon to full systems and software. Synopsys automotive solutions can help:

  • Reduce warranty recalls by increasing component and system reliability
  • Respond to changing requirements in reliability, safety, efficiency, communication and performance
  • Verify electronic function at the IC, FPGA, PCB, mechatronic system and embedded software level
  • Develop IC designs requiring specialized device types for power and reliability in harsh environments
  • Create complex digital and analog/mixed-signal ICs for communication, body and engine control, safety, fuel, emissions and other automotive functions
  • Accelerate software and system development, improve quality and reliability and reduce automotive development cost with prototyping
  • Verify component and system interaction across multiple physical domains (electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, magnetic)
  • Deploy reliability and robust design methodologies to reduce cost and meet performance criteria
  • Exchange model information across the design chain to ensure accuracy and system reliability

IC Design, Test & Verification
Automotive electronics have revolutionized vehicle design, reliability and safety, making it possible to precisely control and manage an array of functions previously serviced by several systems. ICs common in automotive design include complex digital and analog/mixed-signal, DSPs, and ECUs networked together to provide critical functions such as safety, vehicle dynamics, communications, engine and powertrain controls. Synopsys is a world leader in IC and SoC tools for automotive design including IC implementation, test, verification and manufacturing for efficient and cost-effective semiconductor design in harsh environments.

IC Manufacturing
Automotive design requires specialized device types for power and reliability. Synopsys offers leading-edge design for manufacturing and technology exploration (TCAD) tools to ensure the most appropriate device designs for specific automotive applications ensure efficient operation, long-term reliability and cost-effectiveness.

FPGA Design
FPGAs provide the flexibility to quickly support new electrical functions without committing to the cost and design cycle time of traditional ASICs or ASSPs.

PCB Design
Integrate PCB designs in the supply chain flow. We partner with leading PCB design tool providers to incorporate chip and FPGA design. Synopsys also provides industry recognized simulation and analysis for PCB verification.

Mechatronic Design Tools
Mechatronic Systems combine aspects of mechanical, electrical, and software disciplines to control and drive vehicle operations. Mechatronic design tools help design and verify individual components and systems interaction to increase reliability, reduce costs and meet performance criteria. Learn more about implementing Robust Design methods in automotive systems.

Synopsys DesignWare® IP provides the fastest path from proof-of-concept to verified SoC for automotive applications. The IP solutions are used to ensure high quality and reliability in applications from vehicle connectivity, infotainment, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and mainstream microcontrollers (MCUs). In addition, DesignWare IP enables automotive SoC designers to implement the latest protocols required in new applications such as embedded vision, sensor fusion and cloud connectivity user interfaces.

Prototyping Tools
Automotive electronic systems are growing in complexity. The continuous demand for more functionality, reliability and consumer capabilities is resulting in growing software content and hardware complexity. Synopsys prototyping tools enable automotive semiconductor, tier one and OEM companies to address the associated development challenges such as increased project risks and extended development cycles.

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