Frank Schirrmeister, Cadence Design Systems
EDN (November 5, 2013)
Todays high-end cars contain between 70 and 100 embedded processors and run up to 100 million lines of code according to the IEEE Spectrum article This Car runs on Code. Specialized cars, like Indy cars can have many more sensors and data acquisition/telemetry components to optimize for racing. Integration of all the hardware and software needed to make any car perform correctly is no small task. It takes a lot of simulation, modeling, verification and IP.
This article will summarize the development challenges from analog-mixed-signal simulation to proper system configuration as well as hardware software co-design and outline some solutions that are essential to successful system development across the design chain.
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