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Functional Safety Working Group


With the increasing demand of compute power, the electrical and electronic systems deployed in safety-critical applications become more and more complex. This complexity also extends to Functional Safety (FS) requirements, and it affects all parts of the system including hardware and software components. Addressing FS requires specific safety activities and operations, documented in what the... » read more

Functional Safety: Current Status And Perspectives With A View Toward Standardization Bodies


Functional safety is a topic highly driven by standards. This is due in part to legislation and regulation, but it also arises from the fact that functional safety spans a wide range of fields. Even before specific standards were introduced, there were products that met the social consensus on safety. For example, carmakers were making cars that were safe and incorporated electrical and elec... » read more

ISO 26262 – Law Or Framework?


The ISO 26262 standard is a weighty series of documents that many believe has all the force of law or regulation; however, it is not a dictate. It is an agreement on best practices for participants in the vehicle value chain to follow to ensure safety as far as the industry understands it today. There is no monetary fine if the standard is not followed, though it will be difficult to sell autom... » read more

ASIC/IC Verification Trends With A Focus On Factors Of Silicon Success


At long last we come to the final installment of our four-part series presenting the findings of the Wilson Research Group Functional Verification 2020 study. In this article we discuss verification trends in IC/ASIC language and library adoption, low power management, and verification effectiveness. We then take a deeper dive into two somewhat surprising phenomena revealed in the data: the ... » read more

Making Autonomous Driver Chips Safe From The Top Down


It’s easy to think of electronics applications in which the chips must be ultra-safe: nuclear power plants, aircraft, weapons systems, and implanted medical devices. Autonomous vehicles, capable of self-driving with only the electronics in control, are rapidly emerging to join this list. These vehicles must be “safe” in all the usual colloquial ways, but they also must meet a very specifi... » read more

Automotive AI Hardware: A New Breed


Arteris IP functional safety manager Stefano Lorenzini recently presented “Automotive Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) with AI/ML and Functional Safety” at the Linley Processor Conference. A main point of the presentation was that conventional wisdom on AI hardware markets is binary. There’s AI in the cloud: Big, power-hungry, general-purpose. And there’s AI at the edge: Small, low power, limited... » read more

Accellera’s Functional Safety Group White Paper


"The objective of the Functional Safety Working Group is to standardize information for capturing and propagating the safety intent from the system down to the SoC / IP design and implementation including failure mode propagation, verification, validation, reliability and Safety Mechanisms. The safety intent standardization will support data exchange and traceability across different safety ana... » read more

NoCs In Authoritative MPSoC Reference


The MPSoC Forum, sponsored by IEEE and other industry associations, hosts an annual conference in beautiful places around the planet. It is dedicated to showcasing renowned academic and industry experts in multicore and multiprocessor architectures. The goal is to explore trends in system-on-chip (SoC) hardware and software architectures and applications. An additional purpose is to consider th... » read more

Circuit Reliability Verification For Automotive Electronics


By Matthew Hogan and Dina Medhat In the automotive industry, reliability and high quality are key attributes for electronic automotive systems and controls. Naturally, they are particularly crucial when developing functional safety (FuSa) solutions, where inadequate performance or product failure can lead to injury or death. When it comes to safety-related automotive electronics, ISO 26262 p... » read more

Meeting Automotive Functional Safety Requirements With GPIOs


Automotive OEMs are building advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to improve safety. ADAS systems must meet stringent performance, power, and cost requirements, so the system-on-chips (SoCs) that make up ADAS and passenger safety systems integrate advanced protocols and are built on leading edge finFET process technologies. Designers of this new class of ADAS SoCs are challenged to meet IS... » read more

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