Mentor, acquired by Siemens, officially changed its name to Siemens EDA

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A few days ago, Mr. Joseph Sawicki, executive vice president of IC-EDA of Siemens EDA, revealed in a blog post that Mentor will officially change its name to Siemens EDA in January 2021, and will continue to provide leadership as a business of Siemens Digital Industry Software after the rebranding. The EDA solution, at the same time as an important part of supporting digital twin technology.

In 2016, Siemens acquired Mentor Graphics for $4.5 billion and merged it into Siemens Digital Industry Software, which was later called Mentor, a Siemens Business. This acquisition enables Mentor to offer the most comprehensive portfolio of design tools from design to manufacturing, including Electronic design, electronic interconnect, mechanical simulation and test solutions, mechanical product engineering, manufacturing engineering, manufacturing execution systems, lifecycle collaboration, cloud application services, etc.

Joseph Sawicki believes that on a global scale, almost every industry is redefining itself through digitalization. Companies are looking to leverage semiconductor technology to transform their business models, logistics and finances, and this presents a unique opportunity for the semiconductor industry.

Clearly, this trend will drive tremendous growth in the EDA business.

For 35 years, many IC designers have used digital twins to make their chips. However, Siemens EDA

The “digital twin” technology of the company is much more than that.

Joseph Sawicki said that in the future Siemens EDA will not only provide a digital twin of the design for simulation, but also a digital twin of the manufacturing process for the realization of the design, as well as a digital twin solution of the device itself. All of these are interconnected, allowing us to get continuous improvement feedback downstream and feed insights forward. Problems can arise when the product is actually operating in the field. Relevant data can be fed back to a matching digital twin of the design, which we can use to improve the design and even send software upgrades to products in the field.

According to Joseph Sawicki, PAVE360 is an excellent example based on the concept of digital twins. It is a complete autonomous vehicle verification and validation environment modeled at the system level representing twin images of the physical vehicle and its driving environment.

The digital twin combines Siemens EDA solutions with tools from Siemens Digital Industries software.

Simcenter PreScan generates driving scenarios and associated sensor data, which are fed into the vehicle’s E/E architecture model and run on the Veloce platform’s computing system. Simcenter AMESim provides a multi-disciplinary electromechanical system simulation platform that forms a closed-loop environment that includes mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic subsystems. Today, front-end validation of autonomous vehicle designs is a reality.

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