MUNICH, Germany With the acquisition of Freescale's Virtual Garage software product line, EDA software vendor Mentor Graphics plans to address two aspect that increasingly complicate automotive electronic designer's work: First, the conflict between added value and costs associated with the complexity of multiple electronics options in cars. The second aspect is the availability of vehicle-specific design data to service workshops for instance dynamic circuit diagrams.
Both aspects significant influence on the user company's profitability, Mentor Graphics said. According to the company, Virtual Garage complements the company's CHS software for the design of electrical systems and cable looms. Virtual Garage targets to points in the design value chain the product pre-design where design decisions significantly impact the production costs of a vehicle, and the online service documentation for car dealers and garages.
Mentor Graphics plans to integrate Virtual Garage into its automotive product portfolio, the company announced.