Spread­ing wings us­ing deep tech


Top of­fi­cials at Robert Bosch Engi­neer­ing So­lu­tions (RBEI) took an in­stant lik­ing to a unique soft­ware tool de­vel­oped by SimYog Tech­nolo­gies, a deep tech start-up in­cu­bated at the In­dian In­sti­tute of Sci­ence (IISc). The firm promised to re­duce the time taken to de­velop elec­tronic con­trollers that are used in pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles and goods car­ri­ers.

En­cour­aged by the ini­tial re­sponse and the in­ter­est among other com­po­nent mak­ers, Di­pan­jan Gope, CEO, Simyog, and his team are now also de­vel­op­ing a so­lu­tion for au­tomak­ers. Be­sides au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics, the Idea­spring and RBEI-backed start-up’s soft­ware will ven­ture into other in­dus­try ver­ti­cals, in­clud­ing aerospace, con­sumer elec­tron­ics and med­i­cal elec­tron­ics, in a year, said Gope. “While ag­ile pro­cesses in the soft­ware in­dus­try are be­ing used for sev­eral years, it is still to be used in a big way in the hard­ware frame­work, which has sim­u­la­tion at its core,” said Gope.

So, what made Bosch back SimYog? “We re­alised that they can do it faster as com­pared to the stan­dard way fol­lowed by Bosch,” said R K Shenoy, se­nior vicepres­i­dent at RBEI. An in­creas­ing num­ber of elec­tron­ics in au­to­mo­bile and the need for a shorter time-to-mar­ket swung the deal in SimYog’s favour. If any­thing, stricter leg­is­la­tion on safety, emis­sion and fuel ef­fi­ciency are set to fur­ther add to the use of elec­tronic con­tents in au­to­mo­biles and make so­lu­tions such as the one de­vel­oped by SimYog pop­u­lar, said Shenoy. This is RBEI’s first In­dia ven­ture in­vest­ment.

Its deep learn­ing-based soft­ware so­lu­tion called the com­pli­ance score al­lows hard­ware de­vel­op­ers to test elec­tronic com­po­nents’ re­sis­tance to elec­tro­mag­netic in­ter­fer­ence (EMI) in the de­sign stage it­self. Auto com­po­nent man­u­fac­tur­ers end up de­vel­op­ing mul­ti­ple pro­to­types and test for EMI be­fore mass pro­duc­tion. The tool helps com­po­nent mak­ers re­duce the num­ber of it­er­a­tions and thereby shorten the de­vel­op­ment cy­cle. Gope and his team are also work­ing on a so­lu­tion for the full ve­hi­cles for OEMs (orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers).

It is able to re­duce the time a de­vel­oper takes to get feed­back in terms of iden­ti­fy­ing where the hot-stops are and where the fail­ure hap­pens in terms of EMI. The tool al­lows one to do the test­ing through sim­u­la­tion in­stead in a lab­o­ra­tory. On av­er­age, a lab re­quires $4-5 mil­lion of in­vest­ment and with the huge num­ber of elec­tron­ics be­ing built, there’s also a sig­nif­i­cant wait time to use the lab, said Shenoy. The beta ver­sion of the tool “looks very promis­ing” and Bosch will be able to de­pend on it fully in a few months.

Bosch-backed SimYog, which is cur­rently de­vel­op­ing a so­lu­tion for au­tomak­ers, plans to ven­ture into aerospace, con­sumer and med­i­cal elec­tron­ics

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