Palo Alto, Calif.--June 24, 1997--Hewlett-Packard Co. (Palo Alto, Calif.) announced it has reached a final agreement with Siemens AG (Munich, Germany) to acquire the Siemens suite of automotive design verification tools. When combined with HP's engine emulation, logic analyzer, and distributed processor emulation products, the Siemens tool suite provides a complete, independent development work bench, optimized for both efficiency and standardization in powertrain controller design verification.
HP now has exclusive marketing rights to the products designed by Siemens in the U.S. and Asia and will begin development work on the next generation of tools. Engineering and manufacturing will be transferred over the next several months, as will all existing product orders and support contracts. By the end of one year, HP will have secured exclusive worldwide marketing rights.
The design verification tools (hardware and software) are used by auto manufacturers and powertrain electronic control unit (ECU) suppliers to develop the software that runs in a vehicle's on-board computer system and operates the engine and transmission systems. The tools perform rapid prototyping, simulation, and calibration of vehicle control modules to streamline development and ensure high quality while improving cost efficiency.
Having an independent supplier of design verification tools increases the likelihood of standardization as auto makers and powertrain ECU suppliers concentrate design resources on end products instead of on tool development. This is expected to improve engineering productivity and speed training, and facilitate the integration of subsystems from multiple vendors.
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