It starts with a decomposition of system level requirements into hardware and software implementable requirements. The hardware requirements provide structure to tangible real-world interfaces and action. These are the high-level questions Dana uses to drive a hardware requirements session:
- What are the system interfaces of the hardware element?
- How does the hardware element control other elements on the system level?
- What are the intended operating conditions (temperature, vibration, voltage ranges, etc.)
Proof of Concept Development
In most projects, a proof of concept is valuable to confirm that a new design is effective. This type of rapid, informal prototyping often reveals the most important considerations and sensitivities of a new design. Dana creates proof of concept hardware and software that can be tested in a prototype vehicle, or with prototype bench test environments, in order to preview the capability and performance of the new design. Dana’s internal use of the our existing OpenECU™ hardware and software designs greatly accelerates this prototyping stage.