“In January 2021, Mentor will become Siemens EDA. This is exciting news for our EDA customers. Mentor has been a pioneer in the digitization of Electronic designs, and Siemens has brought world-leading digitization to large-scale systems such as airplanes, automobiles, factories and cities. Connecting electronic designs to large-scale systems is the vision of many of our customers. Siemens enables us to increase investment in research and development, develop new products and acquire leading electronic design companies to better meet customer needs. Globally, nearly every industry is redefining itself through digitalization.And, as you
In January 2021, Mentor will become Siemens EDA. This is exciting news for our EDA customers. Mentor has been a pioneer in the digitization of electronic designs, and Siemens has brought world-leading digitization to large-scale systems such as airplanes, automobiles, factories and cities. Connecting electronic designs to large-scale systems is the vision of many of our customers. Siemens enables us to increase investment in research and development, develop new products and acquire leading electronic design companies to better meet customer needs. Globally, nearly every industry is redefining itself through digitalization. And, as you know, ICs are at the heart of digitization.
Companies are looking to leverage semiconductor technology to transform their business models, logistics and finances, and this presents a unique opportunity for the semiconductor industry. We see new players in the IC design market every day, from start-ups to large system vendors building in-house design teams, and it is clear that this trend will drive tremendous growth in the EDA business. To understand this, we can look at the data traffic forecast, which shows a 400-fold increase in data traffic in the next few years, whether the end market is products in the gaming, video, IoT, automotive or medical fields, the size of these markets is expected to All will exceed today’s data traffic combined. This is a rare opportunity because this data needs to be processed and transmitted, and these systems rely on semiconductors.
In such a large system scale, simply creating and verifying ICs is no longer sufficient, and this is a very complex process in itself. What we need is a digital twin capable of creating, validating, validating, and simulating entire electronic systems that run real software and interact with the physical world. Designers need to ensure not only that their devices perform to specification, but also to guarantee the performance characteristics when running the application software in the system environment.
The digital twin redefines
EDA For 35 years, many IC designers have used digital twins to make their chips. However, Siemens EDA’s digital twin capabilities go far beyond that.
We provide not only a digital twin of the design for simulation, but also a digital twin of the manufacturing process to implement the design, as well as a digital twin of the device itself. All of these are interconnected, allowing us to get continuous improvement feedback downstream and feed insights forward. Problems can arise when the product is actually operating in the field. The relevant data can be fed back to a matching digital twin of the design, which we can use to improve the design and even send software upgrades to products in the field.
The digital twin combines Siemens EDA solutions with tools from Siemens Digital Industries software. Simcenter PreScan generates driving scenarios and associated sensor data, which are fed into the vehicle’s E/E architecture model and run on the Veloce platform’s computing system. Simcenter AMESim provides a multi-disciplinary electromechanical system simulation platform that forms a closed-loop environment that includes mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic subsystems. Today, front-end validation of autonomous vehicle designs is a reality.
Siemens digital industry software is the market leader, so we can explore more products that can be used in conjunction with our tools to provide the industry with a unique digital twin. When we acquired Sarokal, there was some attention in the validation space. At the time, it seemed like an odd match. Not really, Sarokal is a leader in 5G testing with an experienced team that works closely with leading telecommunications companies to provide hardware and software solutions for cutting edge system testing, and the key to these 5G telecommunications products is the design of custom SoCs and validation, which is where our strength lies.
The flexibility and configurability of 5G radio access networks has led to an exponential increase in the number of tests required, and 5G SoCs require a new approach to verification to address this challenge. We offer unique digital twins for SoC design and verification flows on the front and back ends. This two-way flow means that customers can reuse tests in Veloce Strato to ensure the system is working as designed, even if the chip already exists. They can use X-STEP to run the same tests when the system is available in the lab. With X-STEP, partners can exchange fronthaul test configurations in an executable format. This enables collaboration across the ecosystem, thorough validation, and interoperability between devices from different vendors.
This is an exciting time in the EDA world. Delivering a full digital twin is extremely complex, but we see complexity as an opportunity to use our vast product portfolio to help businesses meet the challenges of electronic systems today and tomorrow.