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Mazda's ECU virtual prototyping solution

Mazda has adopted a virtual prototyping solution that provides time and cost reductions in verifying highly complex systems like ECUs

 

Mazda was finding that verification of ECUs was a process that was taking too much time. Thus, earlier this year, the company adopted a new virtual prototyping solution.

 

The system, the CoMET METeor from Synopsys, Inc., is an embedded software development environment. By decreasing the number of tests on real automobiles and HIL test equipment, the virtual prototyping solution enables Mazda to save time and cost. Mazda engineers have been using the tool to create accurate models for normally dangerous live tests and difficult-to-reproduce conditions, and to enhance levels of safety, reliability and quality.

 

“Today, the ECU is the most important device in automobiles based on performance and cost. We need virtual prototyping not only to accelerate ECU development time while lowering cost, but also to ensure that our ECUs are safe and reliable,” explains Hisayoshi Naito, general manager of the vehicle development division at Mazda. “We selected Synopsys’ CoMET-METeor virtual prototyping solution because of its cycle-accurate modeling and high-speed simulation capabilities.”

 

“Today’s automotive makers struggle with the added complexity of millions of lines of software code affecting everything from energy use to safety features. Virtual prototyping has become an essential part of the design flow to help solve this problem,” adds John Koeter, vice president of marketing for the solutions group at Synopsys. “Especially for ECUs, achieving system validation and software development earlier in the flow and with higher quality is crucial to an automobile’s success in the end market.”

 

Virtual prototypes are software models of complete systems. System and software developers use virtual prototyping technology to develop and debug designs with pre-silicon development environments months before hardware is available. The coMET-METeor solution is designed to improve developer productivity with ease of integration, non-intrusive multicore debugging and analysis, real-time execution speeds, and the ability to apply real-world user interfaces. This enables concurrent development of hardware and software, which shortens embedded system suppliers’ hardware/software integration and test cycle time, resulting in accelerated time to market.

 

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