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NASA-JPL Adopts Concept Engineering’s E-engine and EEvision Technologies to Develop Electronics for Missions to Mars and Jupiter

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, specialists in visualization in debugging technology
for electronic circuits and systems, today announced that NASA’s Jet
Propulsion Laboratory will use Concept Engineering’s E-engineTM
and EEvisionTM
system visualization software to develop electronics for space missions
to Mars and Jupiter moon Europa.

a federally funded research and development center managed for NASA by Caltech,
is implementing different programs in planetary exploration, Earth
science, space-based astronomy and technology development. To enable
these different missions and programs, JPL develops complex electrical
systems and wire harness designs. The process to capture requirements
and implement designs for these complex electrical systems is highly
iterative and cyclical.

JPL is currently implementing a model-based, requirements-driven process
to improve the development process for future missions and projects. JPL
selected E-engine and EEvision to provide system and harness
visualization capabilities for this new model-based development process.

“We are proud to support NASA/JPL to get their missions and projects
into space more quickly and more reliably,” said Gerhard Angst, CEO and
president of Concept Engineering. “With many different team members
working on flight projects, JPL was eager to use our cloud-based
visualization functionality to provide different team members with
instantly available, accurate and up-to-date system schematics.”

NASA-JPL is using the technology to develop electrical systems for
several high-profile projects:

  • Mission Mars Sample Return: This proposed mission will be to return
    samples from the surface of Mars to Earth. The mission would use
    robotic systems and a Mars ascent rocket to collect and send samples
    of Martian rocks, soils and atmosphere to Earth for detailed chemical
    and physical analysis.
  • The Psyche Mission: Psyche is a journey to a unique metal asteroid
    orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. What makes the asteroid
    Psyche unique is that it appears to be the exposed nickel-iron core of
    an early planet, one of the building blocks of our solar system.
  • Mission to Europa “Europa Clipper:” NASA’s Europa Clipper will conduct
    detailed reconnaissance of Jupiter’s moon Europa and investigate
    whether the icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life.

E-engine’s and EEvision’s unique capabilities to automatically generate
and visualize system diagrams and harness cable diagrams support JPL’s
new model-based development flow and significantly reduce development
efforts by replacing manually drawn and maintained schematic diagrams
with on-the-fly, auto-generated schematic diagrams and easy access to
engineering data via cloud-based access.

E-engine’s and EEvision’s features help:

  • Save development, manufacturing and test time,
  • Reduce errors in schematic diagrams providing auto-generated
    correct-by-construct pictures,
  • Allow easy access to any system function with on-the-fly visualization
    or incremental system exploration,
  • The development process for complex electronical systems will be more
    reliable and faster,
  • Provide development, manufacturing and test teams easy and instant
    access to consistent design data.

E-engine and EEvision are available for Windows, Linux platforms and
online through web browsers (JavaScript and WebAssembly), providing
access from a range of computer and mobile devices, with no installation
headaches. E-engine and EEvision ensure that technicians will always be
working with the latest schematics and schematic fragments optimized and
generated exactly for the task/job they need to perform.

Automotive and Aerospace companies can be sure that no outdated
schematic drawings are being used to build and repair their vehicles.
Technicians must often deal with static schematic diagrams covering many
product variants. The ability to quickly render a schematic of a problem
area, based on variant specific vehicle identification numbers (VIN) or
diagnostic trouble codes (DTC), represents a leap forward in
manufacturing and service efficiency.

About Concept Engineering

Concept Engineering is a privately-held company based in Freiburg,
Germany, that provides visualization and debugging technology for
electronic circuits and systems, including automatic schematic
generation technology for all major design levels. The company’s
technology helps electronic design engineers to easily understand,
debug, optimize and document electronic designs. Concept Engineering’s
software technology is used in many fields in the EDA, Automotive and
Aerospace markets, including: RTL development, IP reuse, ASIC and SoC
design, FPGA design, analog/ mixed-signal design, logic synthesis,
design verification, test automation, post-layout analysis, debugging
and visualization at system level, RTL level, netlist level and
transistor level.

E-engine and EEvision are trademarks of
Concept Engineering GmbH, in the United States and other countries. All
other trademarks are property of their respective owners.