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Model-based synthesis of digital electronic circuits for embedded control. (MOBY-DIC)

The MOBY-DIC project will investigate and develop a unique paradigm and supporting tool chain for the design of embedded control systems. MOBY-DIC has identified the following project objectives to face the posed research challenges: O.1 Define a novel PWA canonical formalism that unifies the control and circuit views on embedded control design, and develop analysis, complexity reduction and controller and circuit design methodologies for the embedded electronics, starting from mathematical models of the embedding system. O.2 Create a complete integrated tool chain of software modules to support the new analysis and design methodologies. O.3 Provide a proof-of-concept of the new approach by addressing challenging industrial case studies in the automotive domain, which require the design of embedded controllers and virtual sensors.
Universidad de Sevilla
The MOBY-DIC project will investigate and develop a unique paradigm and supporting tool chain for the design of embedded control systems. MOBY-DIC has identified the following project objectives to face the posed research challenges: O.1 Define a novel PWA canonical formalism that unifies the control and circuit views on embedded control design, and develop analysis, complexity reduction and controller and circuit design methodologies for the embedded electronics, starting from mathematical models of the embedding system. O.2 Create a complete integrated tool chain of software modules to support the new analysis and design methodologies. O.3 Provide a proof-of-concept of the new approach by addressing challenging industrial case studies in the automotive domain, which require the design of embedded controllers and virtual sensors.
The University of Seville (USE) will develop the VLSI and FPGA products of the MOBY-DIC Project, contributing to the design, test and development of final products (WP4 and WP5). USE also contributes to the definition of canonical PWA form (WP2) and the commercial toolboxes (WP3).
Public Deliverables, Scientific Publications, Patents.
The success of the case studies in proving the validity of the MOBY-DIC design approach will definitely provide companies, and in particular automotive industries, new lymph for bringing embedded control systems into production at highly reduced development costs and with improved performance. Particular areas of impact in the automotive industry that are directly related to the case studies will be safety (CS2 and CS3), traffic reduction (CS3), better use of energy sources and lower emissions (CS1). Moreover, the application of MOBY-DIC's approach is immediately extendable to other industrial contexts, thus improving competitiveness of European companies that rely on the design and integration of embedded systems in their products by reducing design costs and time to market, thanks to the design tool chain provided by the project. The tool chain provided by MOBY-DIC will be the first seed leading to the emergence and growth of new companies that supply design tools and associated software, by developing the original software tools and bringing them to commercial products. The novelty elements provided by MOBY-DIC, in primis the bridging of control and electronics worlds by means of the PWA approach, will stimulate high-tech European companies, in particular SMEs, to offer innovative products and services for embedded systems design.

Diseño de Circuitos Integrados Digitales y Mixtos

Code PAIDI: TIC-180

Antonio José Acosta Jiménez. Socio. 

Universidad de Sevilla

Budget of Andalusian group: € 450,000.00

http://www.imse-cnm.csic.es

  • Università degli Studi di Genova (Italy)
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
  • Universidad de Sevilla (Spain)
  • Università degli Studi di Trento (Italy)
  • FORD Forschungszentrum Aachen GMBH (Germany)
  • ON Semiconductor Belgium BVBA (Belgium)
Keywords: Embedded Control, Automotive applications, VLSI circuits
Duration: 36 months. December, 1th 2009 to November, 30th 2012
Project cost: € 2,140,000.00