Simulation technology used to develop ADAS software

15th April 2014
Nat Bowers

Toshiba has selected Simics simulation technology from Wind River to develop automotive application software on image recognition SoC platforms. With full system simulation and breakthrough development techniques, Simics helps Toshiba’s automotive customers increase their productivity by making software development processes faster and more efficient.

The Toshiba image recognition SoCs, the TMPV75 series, are applicable to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) with automotive video cameras. These SoCs can process image data captured from multiple cameras to detect and recognise objects and their motions in order to assist or alert drivers.

As the automobile becomes more sophisticated and connected, the requirements of automotive devices become increasingly complex as well. As a result, software development for automotive devices is at greater risk for delays. The ability to realise savings during development and testing cycles is a significant advantage. As a full system simulator, Simics provides the power to simulate any type of system and anticipate roadblocks sooner than ever, or easily test and solve difficult debugging challenges. By using Simics, customers can speed their simulations and gain new flexibilities to minimise risk and potential rises in cost during the development process.

Simics can help teams change their approach to development, pinpoint and address problems faster, and deliver a high-quality product to market more quickly. With Simics, testing and debugging can take place much earlier and become more efficient due to unique techniques such as fault injection, inspection of any element within the system, and precise and repeatable reverse execution. Simics also improves efficiency and collaboration across hardware, software, and QA teams regardless of their location by providing shared access to a full system simulation, snapshot functionality, and greater visibility.

“As automotive capabilities become richer, the importance of software will continue to grow. Software has become a key element in nearly every embedded system. When serving the complex automotive market, the ability to gain new efficiencies and speed is a competitive advantage. Wind River Simics can provide customers like Toshiba with powerful capabilities to transform and accelerate their development. And by using Simics to develop, test, and overcome problems much sooner in the development cycle, Toshiba’s customers also can get to market faster, create higher quality code, and stay in control of costs,” comments Michel Genard, Vice President and General Manager, Simics, Wind River.

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