At CDNLive in Munich, Cadence's Robert Schweiger gave a walkthrough all of the things that Cadence is doing in automotive. Since Cadence's Virtuoso platform is a leader in analog design, Cadence has been in automotive semiconductor since the market has existed. But there is a new era.
"You Can't Do ADAS with a Microcontroller"
The dilemma is that on the one hand, government regulations are driving to reduced emissions, increased efficiency, lower power consumption, and lower weight. The EURO NCAP program wants enhanced safety (which things like lower weight work against), ADAS, Car2X communication, improved human interface. One change is that the old "one function per ECU" model doesn't work any longer, partially because the ECUs and their associated wiring are unnecessary weight, and partially because computational and network requirements are so much more complex with cameras/lidar/radar.
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