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Stanley Electric Selects Siemens’ Questa Advanced Verification Platform for Its Newest MEMS IC Design


Siemens Digital Industries Software has announced that Stanley Electric, a leading automotive electronics company, has adopted Siemens’ Questa™ Advanced Verification platform as the integrated circuit (IC) functional design verification environment for the design of Stanley’s next generation microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) device.

Stanley designs innovative ICs for 2D-MEMS mirror devices that control a wide range of automotive and industrial applications requiring high performance, optimal integration, minimal power consumption, and low cost. The target applications for Stanley’s latest 2D-MEMS mirrors are laser-scan headlamp systems, including innovative automotive lighting solutions with 2D-MEMS mirrors that enable high-resolution headlamp systems that dramatically improve nighttime visibility for drivers.

Enhancing Reliability and Quality

For its latest controller IC design, the company looked to enhance reliability and quality by using Siemens’ Questa Advanced Verification platform to successfully achieve efficient and highly accurate functional verification cycles, which in turn can help Stanley to meet their quality goals.

“We began by identifying the ideal design verification solution for our newest IC for 2D-MEMS mirror devices, which must deliver extremely high quality, accuracy and performance to meet the stringent functional safety requirements of the automotive market,” said Makoto Sakurai, Team Manager of the D2P Department, R&D Control Division, R&D Laboratory, at Stanley Electric. “We determined that Siemens’ Questa Advanced Verification platform provided the best option to help us achieve our ongoing mission of boosting the quality and reliability of each new MEMS device.”

Built on a Consistent Foundation

Siemens’ Questa Advanced Verification platform is built on a consistent foundation with a common debug and user interface, enabling designs that are correct-by-construction. The platform can be used to meet the designer’s intent, the project’s quality requirements, and for protecting the design throughout its development. Siemens’ lint tool, which is part of the Questa product line, provides superior syntax checking and debugging capabilities.

Combining the lint tool with the Questa platform’s autocheck functionality establishes an integrated solution that allows customers to analyze code at the design stage and detect bugs early, which can be used to improve efficiency, enhance development predictability and ease pressure on schedules.

“Siemens is pleased that Stanley Electric, a major player in the automotive industry, selected our Questa software as its unified design platform for the development of their new IC for 2D-MEMS mirror devices,” said Chris Giles, head of product management for Questa Static & Formal technologies. “As automotive suppliers like Stanley face ever-increasing demand for quality and functional safety from their OEM customers, Siemens stands ready to help with leading edge EDA IC design technologies that can help boost quality and speed time to market.