The joint venture, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, plans to initially employ 50 people and then grow strongly. ETAS and NI each hold 50 percent of the new company.
The joint venture between ETAS, a provider of engineering services and development tools for embedded systems, and its industry colleague National Instruments, also a tool provider with extensive experience in engineering such systems, was announced in March 2019. The intention is to intensify the partnership between two innovation drivers with decades of experience in the automotive industry. The background: The increasing automation through driver assistance systems makes the development of modern vehicles more and more complex. Accordingly, automotive suppliers and manufacturers are demanding more efficient software development. To this end, ETAS NI Systems is to support its customers in shorter design cycles and test times as well as faster market launches.
The joint venture will design, manufacture and maintain pre-integrated hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) systems. The aim is to meet customer requirements in the automotive sector, which is developing rapidly through electrification and driver assistance systems. The company will combine NI's software-defined platform and comprehensive I/O capabilities with ETAS' experience in developing and integrating HiL solutions.