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Cadence Launches Thesis Contest For Automotive Embedded Systems


Cadence Design Systems launched a thesis contest for automotive embedded systems. The goal of the contest is to attract submissions for Diploma, Bachelor and Master theses about best methodologies and flows for the design and verification of automotive embedded systems, ensuring the functionality of hardware and rapidly growing software content.

Over the last years, Cadence has successfully sponsored several student contests. This year, contestants are asked to submit a thesis about a virtual platform (VP) of an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) for, among others, body, chassis, engine, powertrain, driver assistance or infotainment by modeling the hardware at a higher abstraction level using SystemC. CPU, memory, bus and peripherals are asked to be part of the virtual platform.

“The increasing complexity of electronic car systems and the cost intensive test drives during development has challenged the automotive industry to simulate and test vehicles by using a virtual representation of their sub-systems and systems,” said Robert Schweiger, director Technology Solutions for Automotive, EMEA, at Cadence. “This contest is a great opportunity to present Diploma, Bachelor and Master theses about automotive embedded systems.”

To enter the contest, participants have to submit a thesis following the submission guidelines posted here. The deadline is September 28, 2012. Amongst the criteria for evaluating the best submissions are inventiveness, complexity, methodology, breath of design, as well as project presentation and demonstration. The three winners will be invited to attend the Cadence user conference CDNLive! EMEA from May 6-8, 2013 in Munich, Germany.

“With the availability of more powerful multi-core microprocessor architectures, car manufacturers are trying to consolidate the number of ECUs to a smaller number of high performance ECUs on which multiple applications are running,” said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Hübner, Chair for Embedded Systems in Information Technology (ESIT), at the Ruhr-University of Bochum. “Therefore a holistic approach for HW/SW co-design, extended for the deployment of homogeneous and heterogeneous multi-core architecture that allows early architecture exploration and design of a distributed function is key. This contest is a fantastic opportunity to motivate students and PhD’s to get their heads around this important task that will challenge the automotive industry for the years to come.”

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