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Date: 09-05-14

Collaborated effort in offering automotive design platforms

The smart and connected, are the two buzzwords in the automotive design community. Both the smart and connected or not separable. To make the car smart, advanced connectivity is required. To design such cars, automotive engineers need advance and platforms/tools in the form of both hardware and software. Leading technology export companies in automotive domain are finding it difficult to design advanced cars without partnering with complementing experts.

So in this week there are two announcements by automotive technology expert companies in making advance design platforms through partnership.

IBM and Robert Bosch GmbH are partnering in offering open standards based data-driven systems engineering platform to more efficiently and accurately develop intelligent, interconnected automotive products. IBM says engineering software platform can quickly scale to thousands of partners, clients, engineers and technicians. By engaging all relevant stakeholders in the automotive supply chain and elevating the right data from them, the standards-based platform will cornerstone Bosch’s long term vision for cross-industry collaboration to quickly deliver increasingly smarter vehicles, IBM adds.

Today's car has as many as 100 computerized controllers and 10 million lines of software code.

EDA software expert Synopsys has collaborated with longtime automotive chip maker Freescale Semiconductor to create a Center of Excellence (CoE) program to provide software development solutions with virtual prototypes of Freescale microcontrollers and processors such as powertrain Qorivva MCUs .

"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."

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