Synopsys announced the availability of a Virtualizer Development Kit (VDK) supporting the Infineon AURIX™ TC4xx Microcontroller Family. The availability of the VDK for TC4xx is the result of the Infineon and Synopsys Center of Excellence collaboration, a long-term close partnership focused on accelerating the development of automotive systems based on Infineon’s AURIX microcontrollers. Infineon has also successfully deployed the VDK internally to accelerate hardware and software development from concept studies to validation activities resulting in a better qualified and proven TC4xx virtual prototype model.

Synopsys VDKs enable partners, automotive tier 1s and OEMs to start TC4xx software development months ahead of silicon availability and shift testing and evaluation of automotive systems from physical to virtual. The TC4xx virtual prototype supports a comprehensive set of models for the Tricore™ CPU subsystem, the Parallel Processing Unit (PPU), memories, communication, timer, analog to digital converters, security and safety. The PPU, based on Synopsys’ DesignWare® ARC® EV7x Processor IP, is a powerful, scalable and easy to integrate single instruction-multiple data (SIMD) vector DSP for implementing affordable AI and high-speed control performance in AURIX TC4xx. The VDK enables early investigation and testing of innovative algorithm implementations for AI and deep learning solutions for predictive high-speed control loops required by future eMobility use cases. In addition, external communication, co-simulation and debug/test interfaces are provided to seamlessly bring the virtual prototype into automotive development flows for software debugging, virtual hardware-in-the-loop testing, and calibration and fault testing. From interactive development to regression deployment in high performance computing environment, the VDK for TC4xx accelerates time-to-market, improves quality and reduces development costs.