Released on July 29th, 2021.
Established automotive suppliers, including OEMs and Tier 1 companies also have challenges. The entire automotive eco-system is undergoing a massive transformation. The customary relationships between OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers are being re-defined. In the past, IC companies would provide ICs to Tier 1 companies for integration into their ECUs. Tier 1 companies would sell ECUs to the OEMs who would integrate the ECUs into vehicle systems and add the application software. In the past, the vast majority of ECUs were function-specific and a vehicle would have many ECUs for engine control, braking, etc.. The complexity of electronic systems today requires radically different architectures with many smart sensors sending tons of data across Ethernet backbones, and centralized computing that uses Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Systems have significantly more software that must updated over the air without compromising security. All of this requires the OEM to be more involved in the development of ICs. They need an environment that allows them to share data and collaborate closely with IC suppliers. They need to evaluate IC functionality in the context of the end application using realistic scenarios.
Siemens EDA has developed a platform that allows early collaboration between OEMs and their suppliers. It provides a clear definition of requirements and allows hardware and software functionality to be tested in a virtual environment long before silicon is available.