Synopsys announced its collaboration with STMicroelectronics to establish a Center of Excellence program to speed development of automotive electronic systems and software. The program focuses on delivering Synopsys Virtualizer Development Kits (VDKs) for the ST Stellar family of automotive multicore microcontrollers (MCUs), enabling companies to accelerate the development of automotive electronic systems by enabling the move from physical to virtual testing.

ST’s new Stellar family of automotive MCUs, based on multiple Arm Cortex R-52 and -M4 processors, and featuring extensive security that satisfies the automotive industry’s demanding ISO 26262 ASIL-D safety qualification using lockstep capabilities, is designed for domain controller-based automotive platforms.

Major applications for Stellar MCUs include smart control for hybrid powertrain, the broad electrification of car systems with on-board chargers, battery-management systems, and DC-DC controllers, as well as smart gateways, ADAS, and enhanced vehicle stability controls.