Automotive Solutions

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Key Benefits

Cadence has a depth of knowledge and experience through years of working closely with customers to meet the challenges of designing and verifying automotive components, subsystems, and entire systems.

Optimized ADAS SoCs

Enable real-time data sensing and processing by leveraging efficient edge computing

Next-Generation Infotainment

Leverage the largest software partner ecosystem in the industry for audio, voice, and speech

Highly Integrated ECUs

Enable new ECU architectures with a new class of automotive SoCs

Address Functional Safety

Achieve ISO 26262-compliant design, verification, and documentation of safety-critical automotive systems

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A holistic design approach ensures that the vehicle meets performance requirements while adhering to automotive quality, safety, and security standards early in the design cycle.



Advanced Driver Assistance System

Automotive innovation and value are moving towards electronics and software. The number of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is growing with the level of automated driving. Highly integrated and scalable systems based on the latest semiconductor technology are key to create differentiated products tailored to customer requirements. ADAS systems-on-chip (SoCs) enable vehicles to become “aware” of their surroundings—but at a cost in terms of chip area, power consumption, and performance.

Cadence® Tensilica® processor IP supports real-time data processing at the edge for automotive camera, radar, and lidar sensors that enable high-performance, low-power smart sensors. Cadence Design IP ensures the low-latency, high-bandwidth transmission of high-resolution videos, images and sensor data via various standard high-speed communication and memory interfaces of ADAS SoCs, along with Cadence AWR® RF to mmWave solutions for implementing high-performance, cost-sensitive automotive radar front-ends and beam steering antenna array technologies.



Infotainment features can make or break a new car purchasing decision, so the rush is on to greatly improve the automotive user experience. People now expect their connected digital lifestyles to extend into their vehicles with infotainment systems and digital cockpits as intuitive to use as their smartphones. Hence, the design of infotainment systems has become much more challenging due to the complexity, tighter schedules, and demand for innovative features at a consumer pace.

Cadence® Tensilica® HiFi DSPs enable a broad range of advanced features like audio/voice/speech processing, AI-based voice recognition, DAB radio, audio high-fidelity playback and sound enhancement, Active Noise Cancellation, and Engine Sound Design. In addition, Tensilica DSPs can be used to realize a broad range of wireless communication interfaces like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 5G, LTE, DSRC, Cellular-V2X, and Car2X connectivity.


Automotive Ethernet

Design and verification of high-speed communication links between sensors, advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) systems, and other electronic control units (ECUs) are critical to ensure high-performance in-vehicle networking (IVN). Cadence® Design and Verification IP supports multi-speed Ethernet speed grades from 10Mbps up to 10Gbps including the latest Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) standards. Cadence Sigrity™ technology enables signal and power integrity analyses of the PCB as well as an Ethernet channel simulation including PHYs, cables, connectors, and ECUs. Cadence IP allows designers to run simulation-based automotive Ethernet compliance checks for 100Base-T1 and 1000Base-T1 PHYs without the need of expensive test and measurement equipment.


Electronic Control Unit Module Design

The automobile has always been a harsh environment for electronic design and signal fidelity. Now, ever more complex electronic control systems, higher compute performance, rising data rates, and fewer electronic control units (ECUs) per car mean significant design, integration, and verification challenges for modern ECUs.

Cadence offers design tools across all the PCB, system-in-package (SiP), and system-on-chip (SoC) fabrics, enabling coherent and integrated ECU design and analysis.

Cadence® PCB Design and Analysis solutions simplify complex designs from concept to manufacturing using simulation-driven solutions.

Cadence system analysis solutions enable highly accurate electromagnetic, thermal, and RF simulation analysis to ensure your system works under wide-ranging operating conditions.


Functional Safety

From staying up-to-date on the latest standards to managing all the associated data, complying with functional safety requirements has traditionally been a time-consuming, manual effort. Cadence is transforming this process by automating safety design, verification, result analysis, and documentation for IP, system-on-chip (SoC), and system designs.

In order to enable ISO 26262-compliant design and verification of safety-critical automotive systems, Cadence provides an automated functional safety solution targeting safety-critical applications and featuring integrated analog and digital safety flows and engines for faster ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 certification. 


Automotive SoC Design

Driven by consumer requirements and automated driving, the complexity of infotainment and advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) SoCs is continuously increasing. It’s no surprise that these chips must take advantage of the most advanced process technologies that are qualified for automotive.

As the automotive supply chain is trying to reduce electronic control unit (ECU) count and network costs, there is also a need for even greater levels of ECU integration, particularly through SiP and SoC fabrics. For many, this can also mean adoption of advanced SoC process nodes, which bring a new set of challenges for the automotive SoC designer.

Cadence IC and packaging solutions provide automotive designers complete, integrated, and silicon-proven design flows for custom/analog, digital, and mixed-signal SoCs to meet the demanding automotive standards for quality, reliability, and safety.



With greater computational fidelity available, balancing luxury and performance of vehicles has never been more achievable. Real behavioral modeling of vehicles brings awareness of more opportunity for system optimization. There is near-infinite potential to fine-tune vehicles for any number of parameters (external aerodynamics, acoustics, engine efficiency, electrification, comfort). Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools need to be flexible and robust to account for the spread of simulation desired, at the speed and fidelity levels required.

Electrification, or the quest for alternative power sources for vehicles, leads to compelling thermal management necessities as well as unique drag scenarios. Maintaining a fast turnaround time on simulations ensures that project timelines are maintained while enabling the exploration of design optimizations.