Virtualization Tools Aims to Help Automotive Developers Manage Software Complexity

Virtual prototypes will enable automotive developers to tackle growing software intricacies and speed their time to market.

Freescale Semiconductor, a supplier of semiconductors to the automotive industry, is expanding its development ecosystem to include virtual prototypes for its automotive Power Architecture microcontroller (MCU) portfolio using modeling technology from VaST Systems. These virtual prototypes will enable automotive developers to tackle growing software intricacies and speed their time to market.

Powertrain management systems have grown significantly in complexity and performance to meet stringent emissions and fuel efficiency standards, while industry demands for quality, reliability and faster time to market continue to increase. VaST Systems technology enables high cycle count accuracy, fast simulation speed and the functional accuracy required by many electronic control unit (ECU) suppliers. These automotive system suppliers use simulation and modeling strategies as an effective substitute for the target hardware.

"Automotive suppliers operate in a high-pressure environment where speed and zero defects are paramount, and developing highly complex software adds to the challenge," said Peter Schulmeyer, Freescale's director of strategy for automotive MCUs. "Virtualization addresses these requirements by providing automotive developers with early access to pre-silicon development, key technology and validation capabilities."

Virtual system prototypes (VSPs) are available for Freescale's MPC5554, MPC5566, and MPC5565 Power Architecture MCUs. These modeling solutions are built on VaST Systems' Virtual Processor Models (VPMs) for the e200Z6 core and the enhanced timer processing unit (eTPU). The solutions also are integrated with System C based peripheral models to help ensure a virtual replication of the specific device.


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