Synopsys buys German automotive software test firm PikeTek

Synopsys buys German automotive software test firm PikeTek

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By Nick Flaherty

Synopsys has completed the acquisition of PikeTek in Germany to boost its offering for software defined vehicles.

PikeTec provides automation tools for test and verification of automotive software for control unit systems across all phases of development and simulation environments ranging from Model-in-the-Loop (MiL) to Vehicle-in-the-Loop (ViL).

The emergence of software-defined vehicles (SDVs) is accelerating the rapid growth of electronics content in vehicles that manage its operations, functionality, and features primarily or entirely through software.

The growing complexity of SDV systems, comprised of software, sensors, computing, and mechatronic functionality, is compounding the test and verification effort required, and rapidly becoming the biggest challenge for automobile manufacturers and their suppliers in getting a SDV to market.

As the volume and complexity of software increases, it is pushing testing of automotive software to earlier stages of product development with models, software, and processors in virtual environments.

Synopsys aims to combine its Software-in-the-Loop (SiL) and virtual hardware tools with PikeTec’s test automation tools and services offers automotive companies a strong solution to bring SDVs to market faster, safer, and more secure.

“Many automotive OEMs have adopted PikeTec’s software testing and verification solutions to address the rapidly increasing software content and complexity as they move towards software-defined vehicles,” said Ravi Subramanian, general manager of the Systems Design Group at Synopsys. 

“Combining the expertise of Synopsys and PikeTec will enable us to bring to market innovative virtualization and testing solutions that directly address our customers’ challenges as they shift left in software development and verification.”

“As the automotive industry evolves towards software-defined vehicles, so does the need for more efficient and effective software testing methods,” said Jens Lüdemann, CEO at PikeTec. “Joining Synopsys reflects our commitment to enable automotive OEMs with the most comprehensive virtualization and testing solutions that help them scale to deliver high quality software.” 

The terms of the deal, which are not material to Synopsys financials, are not being disclosed.


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