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Synopsys to Collaborate with Freescale

May 13, 2014

Synopsys announced it has collaborated with Freescale Semiconductor to create a Center of Excellence program to speed development of automotive electronic system software.

According to a release, the program provides software development solutions for automotive electronic systems based on Freescale automotive microcontrollers and processors using the Freescale Power Architecture technology and ARM processor cores. The Center of Excellence consists of a dedicated team of engineers who will develop VDKs with virtual prototypes of Freescale microcontrollers and processors.

The collaboration will initially focus on delivering virtual prototypes for the powertrain Qorivva MCUs as part of the existing VDK for Freescale Qorivva.

"The increasing demand for enhanced functionality in automotive systems is driving the need for far more advanced software, simulation and test capabilities," said Ray Cornyn, vice president of Product Management and Marketing for Freescale's Automotive MCU business. "Establishing a Center of Excellence allows our global automotive customers faster access to Freescale's latest product architectures through Synopsys VDKs. This collaboration brings together the unique expertise of both companies to help ensure the earliest availability of VDKs for our mutual customers."

Automotive system developers use VDKs to get an early start developing complex drivers, multicore and Autosar applications. By integrating a VDK into a virtual Hardware-in-the-Loop environment, developers can frontload system integration and test, extend fault and coverage testing in support of the ISO 26262 safety standard and deploy more efficient regression testing approaches.

"Electronic content, including software in vehicles, is increasing rapidly, requiring developers to use more productive tools and methodologies to mitigate development risks and accelerate development cycles," said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP and prototyping at Synopsys. "By closely collaborating with Freescale for the delivery of VDKs, we can jointly ensure that tier 1 and OEM suppliers have commercially supported models, the most advanced virtual prototyping tools and a reliable long-term roadmap supporting the Freescale automotive microcontrollers and processors."

The VDK for Freescale Qorivva MCU is available now.

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