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Synopsys completes acquisition of PikeTec

24th August 2023
Harry Fowle

Synopsys has announced it has completed the acquisition of PikeTec, a testing and verification specialist in the automotive control unit software space.

The emergence of software-defined vehicles (SDVs) is accelerating the rapid growth of electronics content in vehicles that manage its operations, functionality, and features primarily or entirely through software. The growing complexity of SDV systems, comprised of software, sensors, computing, and mechatronic functionality, is compounding the test and verification effort required, and rapidly becoming the biggest challenge for automobile manufacturers and their suppliers in getting a SDV to market.

"As the automotive industry evolves towards software-defined vehicles, so does the need for more efficient and effective software testing methods," said Jens Lüdemann, CEO at PikeTec. "Joining Synopsys reflects our commitment to enable automotive OEMs with the most comprehensive virtualisation and testing solutions that help them scale to deliver high quality software."

PikeTec test automation tools enable intuitive and flexible testing across all phases of development and simulation environments ranging from Model-in-the-Loop (MiL) to Vehicle-in-the-Loop (ViL). As the volume and complexity of software increases, it is pushing testing of automotive software to earlier stages of product development with models, software, and processors in virtual environments. The combination of Synopsys' leading Software-in-the-Loop (SiL) and virtual hardware solutions with PikeTec's test automation tools and services offers automotive companies a unique solution to bring SDVs to market faster, safer, and more secure.

"Many automotive OEMs have adopted PikeTec's software testing and verification solutions to address the rapidly increasing software content and complexity as they move towards software-defined vehicles," said Ravi Subramanian, general manager of the Systems Design Group at Synopsys. "Combining the expertise of Synopsys and PikeTec will enable us to bring to market innovative virtualisation and testing solutions that directly address our customers' challenges as they shift left in software development and verification."

The terms of the deal, which are not material to Synopsys financials, are not being disclosed.

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