Designing Resilient Electronics


Electronic systems in automobiles, airplanes and other industrial applications are becoming increasingly sophisticated and complex, required to perform an expanding list of functions while also becoming smaller and lighter. As a result, pressure is growing to design extremely high-performance chips with lower energy consumption and less sensitivity to harsh environmental conditions. If this ... » read more

Improving Functional Safety For ICs


The exponential growth of electronics in automobiles have stimulated significant innovation towards the development of advanced safety mechanisms. In addition to very high-quality manufacturing test, ICs for safety-critical applications need in-system test to detect faults and monitor circuit aging. Scan-based logic built-in-self-test (LBIST) is the technique used for in-system test, but tradit... » read more

Automating Failure Mode Analysis For Automotive Safety


By Chuck Battikha and Doug Smith If you’ve ever had to create a Failure Modes, Effects and Diagnostic Analysis (FMEDA), you know how difficult and painstaking a task it can be. But FMEDAs are essential in ensuring that your SoCs satisfy ISO 26262 functional safety analysis requirements for automotive designs and for demonstrating that your design is indeed safe. Because of the intens... » read more

What’s In Your IP?


Jeff Markham, software architect at ClioSoft, talks with Semiconductor Engineering about IP traceability in markets such as automotive and aerospace, what’s actually in IP, what should not be in that IP from a security standpoint, and how all of this data can used to avert system reliability issues in the future. » read more

Automotive Chip Design Workflow


Stewart Williams, senior technical marketing manager at Synopsys, talks about the consolidation of chips in a vehicle and the impact of 7/5nm on automotive SoC design, how to trade off power, performance, area and reliability, and how ISO 26262 impacts those variables. » read more

Context-Aware Debug


Moses Satyasekaran, product manager at Mentor, a Siemens Business, examines the growing complexity of debug, which now includes software, power intent and integration, multiple clocking and reset domains, and much more, where the limitations are for debug, and how automotive, functional safety and mixed signal affect the overall process. » read more

Using Static Analysis For Functional Safety


Fadi Maamari, group director for R&D at Synopsys, explains why static analysis is suddenly in demand in auto chip design, how it can help to choose the best implementation of functional safety approaches, and where it fits into the design flow. » read more

3 Safety Standards For Auto Electronics


Kurt Shuler, vice president of marketing at Arteris IP, drills down into the three main safety standards, ISO 26262, SOTIF (Safety of the Intended Function) and UL 4600, what each one covers, what the intent is behind them, and what this means for companies developing technology for future vehicles. » read more

Taking Self-Driving Safety Standards Beyond ISO 26262


I participated in a couple of sessions at Arm TechCon this year, the first on how safety is evolving for platform-based architectures with a mix of safety-aware IP and the second on lessons learned in safety and particularly how the industry and standards are adapting to the larger challenges in self-driving, which obviously extend beyond the pure functional safety intent of ISO 26262. Here I w... » 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

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