Simulation provides key to explosive automotive design challenges

October 12, 2009 by  
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By Darrell A. Teegarden, System Modeling and Analysis Business Unit Director, Mentor Graphics Corporation

Today’s automotive challenges are similar to those experienced in the telecommunications industry more than ten years ago.  New technologies, such as hybrid-electric and fuel cell vehicles, are hotbeds of research and development activity comparable to what we saw during the evolution of cell phones into multimedia devices.  In the same way that the telecomm industry faced power and chip size limitations, automotive designers are being stretched to include more and more technology into what used to be basically a mechanical device.