Rethinking Verification For Cars

New tools, approaches, and methodologies are in various stages of development and deployment under the umbrella of functional safety, as more electronics find their way into cars, medical devices and industrial applications. As shown in part one, verification needs to be rethought for these applications. Underneath the umbrella will be ways of doing negative testing, ways of categorizing, an... » read more

What Can Go Wrong In Automotive

Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss automotive engineering with Jinesh Jain, supervisor for advanced architectures in Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto; Raed Shatara, market development for automotive infotainment at [getentity id="22331" comment="STMicroelectronics"]; Joe Hupcey, verification product technologist at [getentity id="22017" e_name="Mentor Graphics"]; ... » read more

The Real Differences Between HW And SW

How many times have we heard people say that hardware and software do not speak the same language? The two often have different terms for essentially the same thing. What hardware calls constrained random test is what software people call fuzzing. Another one recently caught my eye in a conversation with Jama Software, a Portland software company that has made a name for itself in requiremen... » read more

Rethinking Verification For Cars

As the amount of electronic content in a car increases, so does the number of questions about how to improve reliability of those systems. Unlike an [getkc id="76" kc_name="IoT"] device, which is expected last a couple of years, automotive electronics fall into a class of safety-critical devices. There are standards for verifying these devices, new test methodologies, and there is far mo... » read more

What You Need To Know About Functional Safety Requirements

Driver safety technologies, traffic congestion, environmental concern, and the fundamental premise of how we use our cars are influencing the design of next-generation vehicles. As a sign of the times, Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) continues to push the vehicle manufacturers by regularly evolving the five star rating to include more and more safety assist features. These include: ... » read more

Gaps Emerge In Test Flows

Gaps are showing up in test flows as chipmakers add more analog content and push into more safety-critical applications, exposing more points at which designs need to be tested as well as weaknesses in current tools and methodologies. The cornerstone of the [getkc id="76" kc_name="IoT"], and connected devices such as self-driving cars, is a heavy reliance on [getkc id="187" kc_name="sensors"... » read more

The Higher Cost Of Automotive

A revolution is occurring under the hoods of vehicles today, as the automotive industry continues to add sophistication via electronics to vehicles at a pace never seen before. But because of the automotive ecosystem’s tiered structure, system companies, IP and embedded software developers and tools vendors must invest more just to participate. Robert Bates, chief safety officer in [getent... » read more

New Drivers For Test

Mention Design for Test (DFT) and scan chains come to mind, but there is much more to it than that—and the rules of the game are changing. New application areas such as automotive may breathe new life into built-in self-test (BIST) solutions, which could also be used for manufacturing test. So could DFT as we know it be a thing of the past? Or will it continue to have a role to play? Te... » read more

Qualified Code Generation Greatly Reduces Cost Of Safety-Critical Automotive Software

As automobile electronics become more prevalent and sophisticated, ensuring the reliability of the embedded software code within those systems becomes critical to the safety of passengers and pedestrians. The development of an ISO 26262 qualified code generator helps automotive OEMs and suppliers drastically reduce development costs while ensuring that their embedded software applications will ... » read more

Grappling With Auto Security

It’s a changed world under the hood of automobiles today, as vehicles become increasingly connected to infrastructure and each other. But that connectedness also is creating new security risks. Growing complexity is one piece of the problem. There are upwards of 80 electronic control units (ECUs) and more than 100 million lines of code in an average vehicle. On top of that, there are m... » read more

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