DETROIT—(BUSINESS WIRE)—October 17, 2006— Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) announced today Ford Motor Company's decision to standardize worldwide on Mentor Graphics CHS(TM) flow for the design of vehicle electrical systems. The intent is that CHS will be used by the entire Ford group including the Jaguar(R), Land Rover(R), Mazda(R) and Volvo(R) brands. Ford Motor Company will deploy CHS's powerful electrical system design and integration software, and also the CHS harness engineering and costing tools.
This full CHS flow provides Ford with significantly enhanced
engineering productivity by automating time consuming tasks. More
importantly, CHS's generative design flow promotes component and
system re-use, thus consolidating purchasing volumes, and provides a
rules-driven correct-by-construction paradigm that eliminates wiring
integration errors. Using unique wiring synthesis technologies, CHS
automates construction of all wiring interconnects taking into account
the multiple options and variants that derive from the marketing
configuration complexity of modern automobiles.
Because Ford will also adopt Mentor's harness engineering and
costing tools, data can be readily flowed throughout the design
process, including to the tier 1 harness supplier base. This not only
encourages a design-for-manufacture outlook but also supports robust
design change processes.
Fundamental to CHS is the philosophy that design data management
is key to solving the problem of electrical design complexity. Much of
this complexity derives from the huge configuration challenge noted
above, a problem faced by Ford and indeed all automotive OEMs. CHS is
a data-centric toolset, with each software application built around a
common object model contained within the Capital Manager(TM)
application. By capturing and acting on the complex configuration
relationships during the electrical design flow, CHS allows this
complexity to be properly managed.
"By adopting CHS, Ford Motor Company is taking a very strong
position in the deployment of these modern technologies. The
electrical system is a high impact aspect of a modern automobile. By
standardizing on CHS, Ford will achieve cost, reliability and
time-to-market advantages in terms of part number control, design
error reduction and architectural optimization" said Martin O'Brien,
general manager of Mentor's Integrated Electrical Systems Division.
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