Vehicle Systems

A System of Systems Design Approach

The traditional PCB-centric design process is being replaced by a system-centric process. The system can be defined as the final product (e.g., camera) or one of the many components that comprise a product (e.g., 1 of 80 electronic control units in a car). Product complexity is driving this profound shift away from a focus on detailed design toward a systems engineering approach.

We see the system-centric design process requiring a convergence of detailed design disciplines towards 3D (e.g., PCB, mechanical, electrical) while expanding the process to include Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and hardware architecture design. Design complexity is driving the formalization of requirements capture, use cases and design structure. The model then moves to system- or product-level architecture optimization. The need for improved productivity is driving the need to converge detailed design disciplines into a 3D co-design environment.

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Bob Potock brings more than 20 years of marketing and product management experience in the electronic design automation (EDA) industry. He has held positions in engineering, product management and marketing at companies that include Altium, Mentor Graphics, AT&T Bell Labs, Intel and Burroughs. Bob holds a BSEE from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Regis University.

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