Today's electronic systems often consist of complex and perfectly coordinated hardware and software components that have to function reliably for many years and without visibly breaking down. What's more, they have to meet a great number of exacting requirements such as low energy consumption and high computing power under harsh ambient conditions. The increasing integration density of the systems and the use of the latest semiconductor technologies bring about physical effects that pose further enormous challenges to developers.
Mastering these challenges calls for new design methods and extensive tool support for designers of electronics. The scientists at the EAS Division are therefore working on identifying gaps in the design flow and on closing these gaps using innovative tools and services. This starts with the transparent implementation of the specification and extends through to predicting the effects the technology will have on system performance. The aim is a seamless design flow. This is the only way to ensure that the developed systems across all design steps comply with the specifications and that errors are identified before the components are built. This way, repeated and costly design cycles can be avoided and development times shortened.
The focus of our work is on complex safety-critical electronics with stringent requirements in terms of quality, robustness and reliability, which are used in durable, reliable products.