Using Model Based Design to Deliver Embedded Technology Projects

Embedded engineering teams are downsizing. Even in large companies, embedded development teams are smaller than they were 15 to 20 years ago. What could be the reason for this? A Virginia based company has proof that smaller teams are more productive than bigger teams. They are also more likely to deliver projects inside budget and on time.

But working in smaller teams also has its share of tensions. Smaller teams also face time to market pressures and they have to multitask on engineering problems all the time, while being mindful of costs. And don’t forget the time used to simulate, evaluate and prototype the product.

Is there a way smaller teams can mitigate project risks? In this regard, model based design is showing a lot of promise. Model based design uses computer based simulation to assist in design decisions. Computer models can help you predict how a proposed design will work. Model based design can also help you automate tasks. There are now tools that automatically generate code with proper input. The biggest benefit of computer based simulation is that it allows you to analyze models of embedded devices or systems with lower risk, time and money. Now you don’t have to fabricate and test the design. Model based design is already being used in automotive, aerospace and industrial equipment applications with great success.