CodaCache: Helping to Break the Memory Wall


As artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous vehicle systems have grown in complexity, system performance needs have begun to conflict with latency and power consumption requirements. This dilemma is forcing semiconductor engineers to re-architect their system-on-chip (SoC) designs to provide more scalable levels of performance, flexibility, efficiency, and integration. From the edge to data ... » read more

Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing


Internet of Things SEMI-FlexTech launched six flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) projects, collaborating with U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), to accelerate innovations in sensor and sensor systems. Participating in the projects are American Semiconductor, Inc., University of Texas El Paso, Tekscan, PARC, Alertgy, and Iowa State University, among others. Some of the projects include develop... » read more

Aligning Automotive Safety Requirements Between IP And SoCs


Today’s SoCs for automotive safety-related systems integrate numerous IP blocks. At the system level, the Hardware Software Interface (HSI) between these IP blocks needs to be verified in simulation and validated in prototype. However, the scaling of the scope and effort to verify or validate is not linear based on the growing complexity of SoCs and their components such as IP. Depending on t... » read more

How To Build An Automotive Chip


The introduction of advanced electronics into automotive design is causing massive disruption in a supply chain that, until very recently, hummed along like a finely tuned sports car. The rapid push toward autonomous driving has changed everything. This year, Level 3 autonomy will begin hitting the streets, and behind the scenes, work is underway to design SoCs for Level 4. But how these chi... » read more

Shifting the Burden of Tool Safety Compliance from Users to Vendor


The security, safety and performances of autonomous vehicles, railways, aerospace, nuclear power plants and medical devices rely on electronic systems and their hardware components. Engineers use advanced software tools to develop complex hardware. Tools may malfunction, generate erroneous output and ultimately introduce or fail to detect systematic hardware faults that could cause hazardous ev... » read more

ISO26262: The Case For Embedded Analytics In Automotive


From advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to a new generation of robots and medical systems, we are seeing an explosion in the development of cyber-physical systems. Because these systems use advanced software to interact with the physical world, safety is a paramount issue but one that is reflected in many industries by the use of safety standards based on a philosophy of risk assessment ... » read more

ASIL D Requires Precision


It seems the entire world is abuzz with the excitement surround autonomous driving, and while more driver assist features are added to new vehicles all the time, this is tempered by the fact that there is still much work to be done when it comes to safety. For developers across the automotive ecosystem, safety comes down to the Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) risk classification sch... » read more

Safety-Critical Chips Have A Premium Verification Cost


While the market opportunities in the automotive space may be exciting, the economics are staggering as consumers demand all kinds of new technologies: low power, safety-critical verification, Internet of Things — and they want it all at an incremental price of zero dollars over the actual value of the product. This can make business decisions about even entering a market a delicate balan... » read more

Why Test Is Changing


Test is undergoing a revolution in terms of how it is perceived, how it is performed and where it is done. For years, test was something of an afterthought. It was a separate operation that was done after the design was finished, or it was a self-contained module that had to be characterized for power, heat and electrical effects, but not much else. As more chips find their way into markets ... » read more

Rolling Out Automotive Security


The automotive world has traditionally been a secretive place as automakers made it their mission to hold design plans as close to their vests as possible. With complexity in the automotive design process, that tradition has been changing as automakers work ever more closely with their ecosystem. In one example, Adam Sherer, product management group director for automotive safety in the S... » read more