Ansys is a global leader in engineering simulation. They help the world’s most innovative companies deliver radically better products to their customers. By offering the best and broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software, they help them to solve the most complex design challenges and engineer products limited only by imagination. Founded in 1970, Ansys employs nearly 4,000 professionals, many of whom are expert M.S. and Ph.D.-level engineers in finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, electronics, semiconductors, embedded software, and design optimization. Their exceptional staff are passionate about pushing the limits of world class simulation technology so our customers can turn their design concepts into successful, innovative products faster and at lower cost. As a measure of their success in attaining these goals, Ansys has been recognized as one of the world's most innovative companies by prestigious publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek and FORTUNE magazines.

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Ansys brings best-in-class functional safety solutions to Arm’s Functional Safety Program to enable mutual customers to improve the safety of connected automotive vehicles. We are thrilled to collaborate with industry leaders to bring the safety of connected and intelligent vehicles to the next level. Through Ansys’ safety by design approach, our users can assess risk and functional safety vulnerabilities earlier with Ansys medini® and implement safety certified embedded software with Ansys SCADE — meeting safety standards sooner and accelerating time to market.”

Eric Bantegnie, Vice President and General Manager Systems Business Unit

Functional Safety related services

Ansys medini® analyze supports analysis of functional safety of electronic and software-based systems. Originally developed to support the automotive ISO 26262 standard, it is also applicable in other application domains, for example, in the aerospace domain to support safety analysis according to SAE ARP4754 A and SAE ARP4761 or the industrial domain based on IEC 61508. It combines commonly used analysis techniques for functional safety analysis in one integrated tool environment:

  • Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment (HARA)
  • Functional Hazard Analysis and Preliminary Hazard Analysis (FHA, PHA)
  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
  • Hazard and Operability Analysis (HAZOP)
  • Failure Mode, Effects, and Diagnostics Analysis (FMEDA)
  • Diagnostic Coverage Metrics for HW-Safety analysis
  • Dependent Failure Analysis (DFA)
  • Safety of the Intended Functionality (SOTIF)

By that it supports functional safety (FuSa) related activities during the complete development lifecycle. Medini analyze is a model-based tool and its safety analysis techniques operate on a set of models. The SysML model is the main model on which the safety analyses are based. It is used on various levels of abstraction, from initial functional architectures to detailed technical hardware and software architectures even down to the analysis of semiconductor components. In addition, medini analyze enables requirements and goal modeling to support the provision of functional and technical safety concepts. With the 2020 R1 release, medini analyze extended its scope into cybersecurity threat analysis and risk assessment.

Ansys SCADE Architect is a system design product line for complex embedded systems modeling, based on the standard SysML notation, including:

  • Model-Based embedded systems architecture design: SysML standard based, focus on ease of use, data dictionaries and data propagation in architecture.
  • Interface Control Documents (ICD) production
  • Integrated workflow for software intensive systems design with SCADE and Functional Safety with Medini.

Ansys SCADE Suite is a software design product line for embedded control software modeling, verification, and Safety Critical code generation. It provides a user-friendly and intuitive model-based environment for software engineers, with the following capabilities:

  • Embedded Control Software Design: efficient modeling of controls, logic and algorithm designs within a single environment.
  • Integrated Suite for Prototyping, Modeling, Simulation, Verification and Optimization: efficient debugging and optimization of software models and code size, speed, and performance.
  • Certified Code Generation: automatic C and Ada certified code generators (DO-178C/DO-330, EN 50128, ISO 26262, IEC 61508) also the basis for testing cost reduction.

Ansys SCADE Display is a Human-Machine Interface (HMI) design product line for embedded HMI modeling, verification, and code generation. SCADE Display provides a user-friendly and intuitive model-based environment for HMI design engineers.

  • HMI Software Design: Efficient modeling of HMI designs featuring an integrated environment with logic design in SCADE Suite
  • Complete GUI Prototyping, Modeling, Simulation, Verification, and Optimization: Rapid prototyping, design checking and debugging, simulation, integration with graphics platforms and human factors optimization.
  • Certified Code Generation: automatic certified code generator (DO-178C, EN 50128, ISO 26262, IEC 61508) also a basis for testing cost reduction.

Ansys Twin Builder is a system modeling, simulation, and deployment environment for modeling, integrating, and analyzing cyber-physical systems, composed of power electronics, multi-domain physics, and software controls. It provides a broad set of functionalities for creating Virtual Prototypes of systems, including:

  • Model Creation, Assembly, and reuse
  • Simulation-based Testing

Functional Safety resources

Ansys, Inc. acquired medini Technologies AG in 2016. Ansys medini™ analyze provides dedicated support for functional safety analysis to manufacturers of electronic components and systems in the automotive, aerospace, rail, and industrial domains. Additionally, inconsistencies in the functional safety analysis are eliminated, and the certification process is accelerated, especially with respect to design changes.

Ansys Functional Safety offerings includes:

  • Support and mentoring for tools usage for functional safety according to ISO 26262, ISO 61508 and ARP 4761
  • The products Ansys medini™ analyze and Ansys SCADE Architect for the analysis of functional safety and for SYSML modelling

Ansys offer Functional Safety Tools, Training, and mentoring support to Automotive, Industrial, and Aerospace & Defense customers. Medini analyze offers state-of-the-art analysis methods bundled in a model-based environment, including:

  • Functional hazard assessment (FHA)
  • Preliminary safety assessment (PSA)
  • Safety analysis that conforms to industry guidelines: ISO 26262, ISO 61508, ARP 4761 and more

Their mission is to automate complex system analysis, design, and development processes for automotive E/E/PE systems. They achieve an enduring reduction of engineering risk, a decrease of engineering costs and an increased results quality.

They are an AUTOSAR member and partner with many tools companies to support our customers in the full life cycle.