To support the trends of automotive AI and vehicle virtualization, Synopsys collaborates closely with Infineon, the world’s leading automotive semiconductor supplier. Infineon’s AURIX™ TC4x microcontrollers integrate a high-performance AI accelerator, called a parallel processing unit (PPU), that is powered by the Synopsys DesignWare® ARC® EV Processor IP. Integrating a PPU based on ARC EV processors in the AURIX™ TC4x architecture enables a wide range of electric vehicle use cases by providing affordable AI. The PPU has the real-time processing performance to accelerate AI algorithms such as recurrent neural networks, convolutional neural networks, and multi-layer perceptron. In addition to delivering the processing power, ARC EV7x Processor IP also offers functional safety features that, combined with the AURIX™ architecture, support the development of safer automotive systems.
“Using both the Synopsys ARC MetaWare Toolkit for AURIX™ TC4x and the Virtualizer Development Kits, our mutual customers will have a head-start on their software development process and be able to optimize their designs to get the most from the new AURIX™ TC4x performance.”
Thomas Boehm, Senior Vice President, Automotive Microcontrollers, Infineon
Recently, the two companies announced that the Infineon AURIX™ TC4x microcontrollers are supported by the Synopsys DesignWare ARC MetaWare Toolkit for AURIX™ TC4x. Using the toolkit, automotive OEM and Tier 1 system designers can quickly optimize the PPU’s AI processors in the microcontroller for industry-leading power efficiency and performance. The MetaWare Toolkit is integrated with a MATLAB toolbox for Synopsys ARC processors to enable model-based ANSI/ISO C code generation with hardware-specific SIMD intrinsics and highly optimized function calls. Together, the tools enable compilation of the generated code from Simulink for Synopsys ARC Processor-in-Loop (PIL) code. The automatically generated PIL code based on SIMD compute uses optimized libraries such as DSP and linear algebra to optimize the AI applications for Infineon’s AURIX™ TC4x microcontroller family. By automating extremely efficient code generation, the Synopsys DesignWare ARC MetaWare Toolkit for AURIX™ TC4x can reduce months of effort compared to hand-optimized code.
In the area of vehicle virtualization, Synopsys provides its Virtualizer™ Development Kits (VDKs) for the AURIX™ microcontroller family. Using the VDKs, Infineon’s customers can develop software and perform regression testing and fault injection up to 18 months before silicon becomes available. Infineon has also used the VDK internally to accelerate qualification of its AURIX™ TC4x virtual prototype model. Read more about the Synopsys and Infineon collaboration.
VDKs are part of Synopsys’ solution set for digital twins. The ecosystem encompasses E/E system development and validation, ECU software development and test, and SoC development and verification. Other solutions include Synopsys Platform Architect™ for early architecture design, Synopsys SaberRD for power electronic and mechatronic systems, Synopsys Silver virtual ECU platform, and Synopsys TestWeaver® intelligent test automation solution.
“Innovation is key for Infineon and the major advancements in performance offered by AURIX ™ TC4x microcontrollers is no exception. This new performance headroom, coupled with long-term availability, means that customers will be able to have a true platform approach and future proof their designs for many years to come,” said Thomas Boehm, senior vice president, Automotive Microcontrollers at Infineon. “By working closely with Synopsys, we will be able to react to the newest automotive trends, be it the next generation of electric vehicles or advanced ADAS applications. Using both the Synopsys ARC MetaWare Toolkit for AURIX™ TC4x and the Virtualizer Development Kits, our mutual customers will have a head-start on their software development process and be able to optimize their designs to get the most from the new AURIX™ TC4x performance.”