Mentor Graphics introduced a MicReD® 600A that tests electric and hybrid vehicle (EV/HEV) power electronics reliability during power cycling. The MicReD Power Tester 600A allows engineers to test power electronics – such as insulated gate bipolar transistors, IGBTs, MOSFETs, transistors and chargers – for mission-critical thermal reliability and lifecycle performance.
The ever wider adoption of electric and hybrid cars has created a specific need for this solution, since thermal reliability issues can result in EV/HEV recalls.
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced that General Motors is deploying Mentor® Capital® electrical systems design tools for its vehicle development projects. Capital is an advanced software suite supporting complex electrical systems challenges from product definition through electrical system design, harness manufacture and vehicle maintenance.
The tools deliver cycle time reductions and support improved engineering processes, helping General Motors efficiently deliver the new electronic features demanded by the car-buying public. This is achieved via the Capital suite’s powerful design asset re-use and correct-by-construction technology that automatically generates optimized platform-level wiring.
Mentor Graphics Provides Embedded Multicore Framework as the First Commercial Implementation of the Multicore Association’s OpenAMP Industry Standard
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced that its Mentor® Embedded Multicore Framework (MEMF) is the first commercial implementation of the OpenAMP™ industry standard established by the Multicore Association (MCA).
The MCA working group will focus on the OpenAMP specification to create a standardized application program interface (API) for communication and synchronization between homogeneous and heterogeneous multicore embedded systems. The OpenAMP framework, provided by Mentor Graphics, is the embedded software industry’s first comprehensive solution for heterogeneous multicore system-on-chip (SoC) development.
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced the Mentor Automotive A(2)B Analyzer®, which it said is the industry’s first third-party development platform supporting the Automotive Audio Bus (A(2)B) technology developed by Analog Devices, Inc.
As automotive design complexity continues to grow, OEMs and suppliers are challenged with integrating faster, more efficient technologies into the automotive architecture at lower system costs. The Automotive Audio Bus technology facilitates the design of in-vehicle audio networks with reduced cost and complexity, and the A(2)B Analyzer helps significantly reduce the development time for these systems.
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced the latest release of its general purpose, front-loading computational fluid dynamics (CFD) FloEFD solution, which it said offers greater accuracy and user productivity.
Updated features in this new version include improved mesh handling, an enhanced transient solver, a robust EDA interface, and an interface to Abaqus Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software for stress analysis. Engineers and specialists in the automotive, aerospace and electronics markets will directly benefit from the improved accuracy and productivity.
Mentor Introduces Multi-Discipline Systems Engineering Tools For Automotive Cost & Weight Optimization
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced the availability of new tools delivering integrated electrical/electronic/software systems engineering capability for the transportation market.
The new Capital Systems™ tools allow implementations to be optimized for key parameters such as cost and weight.
Unlike other approaches, engineers within the various disciplines do not need to understand one another’s detailed syntax. This makes the new tools easy to deploy, leaving staff free to concentrate on design innovation.
Transportation platforms such as automobiles and aircraft are largely defined by their electrical/electronic systems, including embedded software. But implementation decisions, such as choosing the best processing resource for a software component, are hard to optimize because cross-discipline impacts are difficult to assess.
Mentor Graphics Announces New FloTHERM Product with Automated Calibration for Package Model Accuracy
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced the newest version of its FloTHERM® product, a powerful and accurate computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software solution.
The FloTHERM product was developed to quickly identify potential thermal issues early in the design process to avoid expensive late stage re-design and warranty costs arising from thermal failures in the field.
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) announced the Mentor Automotive Connected OS™ software platform targeting next-generation automotive applications.
Leveraging experience from a track record of on-time start-of-production (SOP) deliveries, the Connected OS software provides scalable frameworks for IVI, Driver Information and ADAS applications.
The automotive-grade platform facilitates faster time-to-market by solving automotive-specific challenges at the operating system level.
Automakers are faced with the challenge of satisfying consumer expectations for multimedia and network connectivity and abiding by market-specific requirements. These challenges are magnified by traditionally long automotive product lifecycles, including the requirement to support car network infrastructures and standards for several generations.
At the Electronics In Vehicles Congress in Baden-Baden, Germany, Mentor Graphics Corporation announced the Mentor® Automotive Safety Certifiable Digital Instrument Cluster solution, which enables safety-critical driver information to be displayed simultaneously with rich 3D graphics on a single instrument cluster display.
The software architecture is implemented on a multi-core and even on single-core System-on-Chip, and is said to feature very fast boot time. It addresses a key problem for the automotive OEMs: How to migrate safety-critical driver information to full-featured, graphically-rich digital instrument clusters and comply with safety standards including ISO 26262, without pushing up hardware or safety certification costs.
Condensation in automotive head lights can be detrimental to consumer acceptance of a product and in certain instances lead to recalls and warranty issues. This presentation describes a numerical method for transient simulation of liquid film formation process on the surface of an element in a head light as part of a CFD thermal analysis.
Automotive LED headlight reliability and optical performance requires careful thermal design especially due to LED operating temperature & radiometric performance. As part of this condensation simulation topic, adequate radiative heat transfer modeling is described on using a “band” Monte-Carlo radiation model. This enables proper simulation of the focusing influences of semi-transparent materials (glass, plastic), reflective and refractive surfaces in a complex headlight design.