Synopsys and NXP have worked closely for several years through their automotive Center of Excellence (CoE) collaboration, enabling mutual customers to further accelerate the development, integration, and testing process months ahead of silicon availability. The CoE collaboration combines Synopsys’ VDK technology and deployment expertise with the benefits of NXP’s underlying S32 platform.
The shared history of deep technical knowledge from both companies provides carmakers and automotive suppliers across the globe with immediate access to VDKs to deploy a virtual hardware ECU environment and develop software for automotive electronic systems. The result addresses key market trends and accelerates system and software testing, earlier and faster.
Synopsys VDK virtual hardware/virtual hardware-in-the-loop tools are part of Synopsys’ comprehensive electric vehicle virtual prototyping solution including Synopsys Silver software-in-the-loop tools and Synopsys Saber power system design tools. Synopsys virtual prototyping tools can be used in stand-alone fashion or combined to provide full system virtual prototypes. The Synopsys electronic virtual prototyping solution enables automotive companies to accelerate software development and system testing, resulting in more efficient development and higher quality, thus reducing the risk of recalls.
As the industry continues to drive toward megatrends — be it vehicle electrification, ECU consolidation, software-defined vehicles, high-performance real-time processing, ASIL D safety control, or domain and zonal control — it is imperative for automotive system design teams to transition from physical to virtual prototypes and accelerate the development cycle in real time. After all, hitting the accelerator on automotive software development is what will help reimagine the automotive industry’s future, irrespective of whether that’s a self-driving car, an electric vehicle, or anything in between.