E/E Systems Article Roundup

The following is a collection of recent industry articles on Capital E/E systems development and electrical systems. 

1. Managing Today’s Advanced Vehicle Networks Design Challenges

Publication: SemiEngineering (January)

Description: This article covers a wide range of challenges and considerations during the network design phase of E/E systems development. Each of these challenges and decisions can have widespread, cross-domain effects that are difficult to predict or even fully understand. Connecting the many disciplines enables designers to understand the downstream impacts of their decisions during development. This in turn is critical for accelerating the vehicle development process. Networks design considers and implements many elements vital to ensuring correct vehicle functionality. By doing this, a designer protects the entire system from incorrect sub-system behavior. It is important to select a solution which consistently and correctly generates the configurations. Also, documentation used in the development should be created. Validation of each ECU making up the full system should also be included. READ MORE.

2. Airbus charts digital twin path with Capital

Publication: Tech Design Forum (January)

Description: With the recent announcement to use the Capital electrical/electronic (E/E) systems development platform, Airbus looks to accelerate its development of commercial aircraft. Chiefly, the aviation giant plans to use Capital to provide the backbone for E/E systems design and electrical harness manufacturing engineering across a multi-country development team. READ MORE.

3. The Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Win: Integration is the Secret to Siemens’ Success in Aerospace & Defense

Publication: Engineering.com (January)

Description: Interview with Dale Tutt, Siemens Digital Industries Software’s VP of A&D industry strategy, speaking to engineering.com’s Verdi Ogewell.

Excerpt: “My impression is that these big A&D players, such as Lockheed, Raytheon or Boeing, as well as many others in the industry, still sit in a system architecture with quite a number of elements of non-integrated tools. I discussed the matter with Saab Aeronautics (a sister company to Saab Defense Group), the Swedish developer of the lightweight fighter aircraft J-39 Gripen.  I spoke with enterprise architect Johan Tingström and technical fellow Erik Herzog, who pointed out that this lack of deeper integration has a few main effects: many manual import and export activities, and limited traceability if, or when, proprietary interfaces cannot be used. These pieces, plus a few other considerations, lead to the conclusion that a new architecture for PLM support could provide a lot of benefits—but what are the conditions for a new system?” READ MORE.

4. The electrification race is on

Publication: Motor.com (February)

Description: Over the past two decades, the global auto industry has undergone waves of disruption. First was the rise of China as a major vehicle market. China is now the world’s largest in terms of both demand and supply. Even more so, a second wave was the introduction of mainstream hybrid-electric vehicles. Another key point has been the rise of autonomy and mobility services. Check out this article, which includes an interview with Dan Scott, Marketing Director at Siemens AG’s Integrated Electrical Systems Division, to see what the future holds.

5. Use digitalization to mitigate the automotive MCU shortage

Publication: Tech Design Forum (March)

Description: A immediate consequence of the global microcontroller (MCU) shortage is that automotive developers are now often being forced to redesign the electronic control units (ECUs). At the same time the originally specified parts can no longer be sourced, designers must find alternative solutions for software design and test. Read on to find out how they are doing it!

6. Digital Transformations Threatens to Turn the Automotive Business on Its Head

Publication: Engineering.com (March)

Description: As cars become more complex and optimized, this has also inadvertently created another trend pushing automakers towards digitalization. Therefore, car makers must battle to produce increasingly complex and optimized automobiles on shrinking timelines. By digitizing the development processes, automotive manufacturers aim to streamline it as much as possible. So much so that it could turn the automotive business model completely on its head. Nand Kochhar, VP of Automotive and Transportation Industries at Siemens Digital Industries Software, discusses some of the answers to these challenges. READ MORE.

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This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at https://blogs.sw.siemens.com/ee-systems/2022/04/19/e-e-systems-article-roundup-7/