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Early Cycle Analysis And Verification Of Logical SEU Mitigation

The global appetite for data continues to soar, driving innovation across all industry sectors, including how space-based technology can facilitate a more connected world. Miniaturized satellites configured into constellations offer faster communication and higher bandwidth than lone satellites flying higher in geocentric or high-earth orbits. However, industry analysis suggests that to make... » read more

A New Era In Requirements Management

Project teams face a host of challenges when developing semiconductors compliant to a safety critical market. ISO 26262 drives state-of-the art safety critical designs for automotive electronics, DO-254 for airborne electronics hardware, and IEC61508 for industrial electronics, to name a few. In the context of ISO 26262, much of the discussion in recent years has been on challenges addressin... » read more

Navigating The Intersection Of Safety And Security

Automotive IC safety and security continue to be hot topics across the industry, and one phrase you may often hear during discussion is: An automotive IC can be secure without needing to be safe, but an automotive IC cannot be safe without also being secure. Adding a bit of detail to that: An automotive IC which has an incomplete security architecture provides potential attack vectors w... » read more

Digital Twin And The Implications For Semiconductor Suppliers

Automotive is a prime example of one industry where advanced semiconductors are forcing change across all aspects of vehicle development. Accelerated investment is fueling this industry wide evolution, driven by new business models, environmental regulations, and the evolution toward fully autonomous, software-defined vehicles. The demand for fully and semi-autonomous systems has a particula... » read more

What You Need To Know About Qualifying Tools For DO-254 Programs

By Michelle Lange and Tammy Reeve, Patmos Engineering Services, and Jacob Wiltgen, Siemens EDA DO-254, which is required for airborne electronics development, is a design assurance standard. Design assurance requires multiple layers of review and verification within the development process to ensure safe operation of the design being produced. This means when an engineer is doing design work... » read more

Streamline DO-254 Compliance With Model-Based Design

By Eric Cigan, MathWorks, and Jacob Wiltgen, Siemens EDA The purpose of DO-254 (formally known as RTCA/ DO-254 or ED80) is to provide guidance for the development of airborne electronic hardware. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and other worldwide aviation safety authorities require this standard to ensure that complex electronic hardware us... » read more

Three Steps To ISO 26262 Fault Campaign Closure

The complexity of automotive ICs continues to grow exponentially, challenging even the most veteran teams to deliver innovative products to market while simultaneously ensuring safety through the operational life of the product. This is the purpose of safety verification. Its primary objective is to understand whether the safety architecture sufficiently prevents random failures from violati... » read more

Mitigating The Effects Of Radiation On Advanced Automotive ICs

The safety considerations in an automotive IC application have similarities to what is seen in other safety critical industries, such as the avionics, space, and industrial sectors. ISO 26262 is the state-of-the-art safety standard guiding the safety activities and work products required for electronics deployed in an automotive system. ISO 26262 requires that a design be protected from the eff... » read more

Functional Safety Verification For AV SoC Designs Accelerated With Advanced Tools

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) will be the culmination of dozens of highly complex systems, incorporating state-of-the-art technologies in electronics hardware, sensors, software, and more. Conceiving and designing these systems is certain to be one of the greatest challenges for today’s engineers. The only greater challenge will be convincing a wary public that these automated systems are safer d... » read more

Reducing Your Fault Campaign Workload Through Effective Safety Analysis

As the automotive industry strives for greater levels of autonomous functionality, ICs will become integral in virtually every vehicle system. Companies previously embedded in non-safety critical markets are transitioning current technologies to the growing and rapidly evolving automotive market. These companies will face the unfamiliar challenges associated with having to enhance their IP to s... » read more