Ansys and Sony Semiconductor Solutions Collaborate

Goal is to advance next-generation simulation of automotive image sensors.

Goal is to advance next-generation simulation of automotive image sensors.

Precise modeling accelerates time to market through improved simulation fidelity and streamlined workflow, according to Ansys. Image courtesy of Ansys.

Ansys collaborated with Sony Semiconductor Solutions (Sony) to enhance high-fidelity image sensor simulation and camera-based features in next-generation automotive applications, including autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems. Ansys Speos can now integrate with Sony's sensor models to streamline development and validation with more precise modeling.

Ansys has developed a software interface compatible with Sony's sensor models, which are based on the internal architecture of image sensors used in camera systems. The interface enables high-fidelity virtual camera testing in various scenarios and contexts, reducing the need for ad-hoc physical camera testing and accelerating verification times, according to Ansys.

The users of Sony's image sensors will now have access to end-to-end automotive-grade simulation fidelity for spectral effects, high dynamic range (HDR), and LED light flicker mitigation. Users can also reproduce image sensor phenomena, such as motion blur and rolling shutter.

“The collaboration between Ansys and Sony will provide an automotive-grade, end-to-end spectral simulation pipeline from lens models to sensor models for the ADAS perception system developers,” says Kenji Onishi, deputy senior general manager, automotive business division, Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation. “Sony has prepared a sensor model based on the internal architecture of the image sensors used in camera systems to achieve automotive-grade fidelity.”

“The Ansys and Sony technology collaboration facilitates rapid development and verification of camera features for AV and ADAS applications,” says John Lee, vice president and general manager of the electronics, semiconductor, and optics business unit at Ansys. “As a result, the joint workflow yields more robust simulations, greater predictive accuracy, higher-fidelity images, and, ultimately, more reliable AV and ADAS applications.”

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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