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Dev kit for car MCUs supports Ethernet AVB, CAN-FD

16 Feb 2015

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Synopsys Inc. has announced that its Virtualiser Development Kit for Renesas' RH850 MCU family now supports Ethernet AVB and CAN-FD automotive network peripherals. The Synopsys VDK for Renesas RH850 MCU is a software development kit that uses RH850 virtual prototypes as a target with software debug and analysis tools, the company stated.

The solution allows automotive engineers designing RH850-based electronic control units (ECUs) to start software development, integration and test months before hardware is available, resulting in higher product quality and reduced development cost. The Ethernet AVB and CAN-FD models were developed through the Centre of Excellence collaboration between Synopsys and Renesas, which leverages joint engineering teams to develop models and VDKs optimised for Renesas RH850 MCUs.

"The requirement for more communication bandwidth is requiring tier one automotive suppliers and OEMs to deploy automotive network technologies such as Ethernet AVB and CAN-FD," said Naoki Yada, department manager of automotive control technical strategy department, 1st solution business unit at Renesas.

CAN is a multi-master serial bus standard for connecting ECUs. CAN-FD extends the data rates of CAN to 8Mb/s. The Synopsys model of the Renesas CAN-FD IP can be integrated into any Synopsys VDK for Renesas RH850-based virtual prototype. It is also integrated with Vector CANoe and rest-of-bus simulation tools, enabling developers to work in a virtual environment that delivers more debug and analysis capabilities than the physical environment.

"In-vehicle communication is becoming more prevalent in advanced automobiles. To address this need, automotive tier one and OEM companies are implementing the latest networking standards," said John Koeter, VP of marketing for IP and prototyping at Synopsys. "By providing VDKs with support for Renesas' Ethernet AVB and CAN-FD IP through our joint Centre of Excellence collaboration, we enable developers to start automotive system software development for Renesas RH850 MCUs earlier, resulting in higher product quality."

The Virtualiser toolset and the VDK for Renesas RH850 are available.

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