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Improving the Development of Safety Critical Systems for Automobiles the Focus of New SAE International Webcast

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 23, 2015 -

A new, free webcast presentation from SAE International will examine how virtual prototyping helps improve the development of vehicle safety systems through embedded software.


“‘Shift Left’ Functional Safety for Automotive System Development” is sponsored by Synopsys and hosted by SAE International. The presentation will be held Wednesday, April 15 at 1 p.m. U.S. EDT.


Since safety is one of the most challenging problems in the automotive industry, this one-hour webcast will look at fault mode and effect analysis (FMEA) using virtual prototyping and physical modeling and simulation. New functional safety standards such as ISO 26262 are imposing more requirements on the development of safety critical systems, which therefore increases the cost and time required to deliver certified products. Traditional methods are no longer sufficient to deliver products to market on time and with the required quality. The complexity of a safety critical system requires development and testing activities to happen in parallel to ensure a smooth integration phase.


Attendees will learn:

·         How virtual prototyping is expanding its ability to improve development of safety critical systems and deal with the single most complex aspect of automotive systems: the embedded software

·         How fault mode and effect analysis (FMEA) can be performed and automated on a virtual prototype of a system through co-simulation, incorporating mechanical, electrical, analog, and digital models including the microcontroller


Synopsys speakers will include:


·         Nicolas Brown, Corporate Applications Engineer, Saber team –Brown supports the use of Saber simulation software within design and verification engineering departments at automotive and aerospace companies across North America. Nicolas has a bachelor of applied science in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo.


·         Victor Reyes, Technical Marketing Manager, Virtual Prototyping group – Reye’s responsibilities are in the area of virtual prototyping technology and tools with special focus on automotive. He received his MsC and PhD in electronics and telecommunication from University of Las Palmas, Spain, in 2002 and 2008, respectively.



To register for the webcast, “’Shift Left’ Functional Safety for Automotive System Development,” visit


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