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Elektrobit and Synopsys form joint effort to advance virtual system testing
Silicon Valley-based Synopsys Inc. and Elektrobit (EB), headquartered in Bavaria, are collaborating in an effort to accelerate automotive electronic systems development using virtual environments, allowing automotive tier 1 and OEMs to move from physical to virtual system testing.
The endeavor will bring together Synopsys Virtualizer Development Kits (VDKs), EB operating systems, development and test tools, and complementary expertise to enable pre-silicon and pre-electronic control unit (ECU) hardware availability and software development. "Automakers engaged at the forefront of automotive development are faced with increased electronic hardware complexity and software content that needs to be delivered within very challenging development timelines," said Martin Schleicher, executive vice president, Business Management at EB. "Together, Synopsys and Elektrobit are providing technologies and expertise enabling automotive engineers to start software development earlier and dramatically accelerate system testing using virtual ECUs." Synopsys VDKs deliver fast simulation of ECU hardware from individual processors to full automotive electronic systems (virtual ECU). EB is using Synopsys VDKs to port its AUTOSAR operating systems, featuring EB corbos and EB tresos product lines, to new automotive processors from leading semiconductor vendors up to 12 months before silicon availability. The integrated solution has been used to establish a virtual development environment demonstrator, bringing together a virtual ECU based on NXP's high-performance S32 Automotive Processing Platform with tools from EB and Synopsys. This solution enables system analysis and visualization, configuration and update management, test drivers, and system management and allows automotive developers to increase interactive software debugging productivity and accelerate testing cycles by deploying the solution in regression. Leading tier 1 and OEM companies have deployed the joint solution for applications ranging from automotive control to autonomous driving and gateway. "Automotive companies desire to deliver their customers new and more advanced functions based on the NXP S32 Automotive Processing Platform and require development tools that enable them to start early and accelerate system testing," says Dev Pradhan, senior director, Automotive Engineering at NXP Semiconductors. "Ecosystem collaborations amongst industry leaders such as Synopsys and Elektrobit are a key enabler for our customers to increase their development productivity and address current and future system and software development challenges." "Reducing automotive development cycles from five years to two years requires a disruption in the current hardware-dependent and linear development approach," says Burkhard Huhnke, vice president Automotive Strategy at Synopsys. "The collaboration between Synopsys and Elektrobit brings virtual prototyping, software technologies, and expertise to automotive tier 1 and OEM companies looking to transition from physical to virtual development environments and accelerate their time to market."
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