Mentor Forum Automotive
Modern cars are undeniably sophisticated and complex engineering products. Upfront engineering design is a key, controlling factor to commercial success. Get it right and if down-stream functions such as manufacturing, sales and servicing also perform well, then the product can succeed. Get it wrong and the rest is irrelevant.
The electrical and electronic systems can represent up to 40% of the total cost of a car and are a major contributor of differentiated selling features whilst at the same time providing essential sub-systems for drive, efficiency and safety. Such platforms are complex to design. They are composed of multiple systems and design domains. “Getting it right” is the basic requirement. “Getting it right and optimized” is the real goal.
What You Will Learn
Mentor Forum Automotive is an event to help engineers that design automotive E/E systems. The objective of the forum is to explore solutions to the Systems Engineering challenges associated with automotive platform developments. The forum will debate the hurdles which teams experience moving “down and back up” the V-model diagram across multiple domains. Interactions between the electrical, network, ECU and software domains, tracking requirements and managing change will be explored as the day develops.
Who Should Attend
Managers, engineers, designers involved in:
- EE systems design
- Wire harness engineering
- Network design and integration
- AUTOSAR and GENIVI
About the Presenters
Nick Smith – Business Development Director, Mentor Graphics
Nick has worldwide responsibility for go-to-market activities surrounding IESD’s software products. Before joining Mentor Graphics Nick held a variety of positions at Raychem Corporation (subsequently acquired by Tyco), including managing both development and product marketing of various microelectronic & electrical interconnection components. Nick has authored a number of patents and has published several academic & industry papers.
After finishing his EE degree in 1997 Thomas has been working on different challenges in the automotive industry, from (short-lived) 42V power networks to electrical system and in-vehicle network design. In 2004 he started working at Mentor Graphics with products such as Capital and Volcano and in his current position he is managing Mentor's application engineers for those product lines.
Andrew Patterson is Business Development Director for Mentor Graphics embedded division, specializing in the automotive market. Prior to Mentor Andrew has spent over 20 years in the Design Automation market specializing in a wide range of technologies including wire harness design, automotive simulation model development, virtual prototyping, and mechatronics. Currently he is focused on working with the GENIVI industry alliance, and leading Mentor’s Infotainment and in-vehicle Electronic Cluster and Telematics solutions. Andrew holds a master’s degree in Engineering and Electrical Sciences from Cambridge University, UK.
John Judkins – Technical Director for Mentor Graphics’ Integrated Electrical Systems Division – leads the Engineering for Manufacture (EFM) team. This group focuses on software solutions for wire harness product engineering and manufacturing.
John’s career in the electrical wiring systems domain spans over 25 years, beginning in software development with a UK-based automotive wire harness Tier 1. He became IS Systems Development manager before leaving to become a co-founder of Harness Software Limited (HSL), where he developed the original blueprint for Capital H software. HSL was acquired by Mentor Graphics in 2000.
John is one of the founding members of IESD and is a key contributor to the Capital vision and architecture.
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