Synopsys buys German auto software tools firm

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Synopsys is buying QTronic for vehicle simulation and test tools for electric and autonomous vehicles under development.
(ON Semiconductor)

Synposys signed an agreement to buy QTronic GMbH for access to its expertise in simulation, test tools and services for automotive software and systems development.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but are not material to the financial profile of Synopsys, according to a statement released Aug. 6. The deal is expected to close later in 2019.

Synopsys, based in Mountain View, California, makes semiconductor intellectual property and electronics products, as well as software applications. QTronic, based in Germany, makes Silver, an engine control unit platform, and TestWeaver, an intelligent test automation program.

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Synopsys said the purchase will help it serve automotive companies with software-rich automotive systems that rely on semiconductors and products from parts makers. “With the acquisition of QTronic, we are strengthening our position as the leader in virtual prototyping solutions and will continue to deliver powerful virtual development and test solutions that enable automotive companies to develop vehicle software earlier, faster and better,” said Manoj Gandhi, general manager of the Synopsis Verification Group.

Auto companies and their suppliers are developing future powertrain, electric vehicle, advance driver assistance and autonomous driving systems that rely on virtual development and test solutions, Synopsys added. Synopsys will add the team of engineers from QTronic in addition to its technology.

QTronic’s Silver technology allows simulation models to run on a developer's Windows PC instead of on prototype vehicles. Developers can exchange models without divulging the source code, to protect the developer’s IP.

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