Automotive Safety Island: Test, Safety, Security, ISO 26262

Automotive Safety Island: Test, Safety, Security, ISO 26262
by Daniel Payne on 07-12-2021 at 10:00 am

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I first fell in love with electric vehicles back in 1978 as an Electrical Engineering student, studying at the University of Minnesota. What caught my fancy was a small advertisement listed in the back of Popular Mechanics magazine to build your own electric vehicle by replacing the gas engine of a Honda with an electric motor, so… Read More


Safety + Security for Automotive SoCs with ASIL B Compliant tRoot HSMs

Safety + Security for Automotive SoCs with ASIL B Compliant tRoot HSMs
by Kalar Rajendiran on 06-30-2021 at 10:00 am

New Architectures Reshaping Auto SoCs

Automotive segment is a market that has historically been supported by a few select suppliers within the semiconductor ecosystem. Over the last decade, this market has transitioned from just being about reliability, performance, fuel efficiency, etc., to placing equal importance to user experience. This user experience … Read More


Safety Architecture Verification, ISO 26262

Safety Architecture Verification, ISO 26262
by Daniel Payne on 05-24-2021 at 10:00 am

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I love to read articles about autonomous vehicles and the eventual goal of reaching level 5, Full Automation, mostly because of the daunting engineering challenges in achieving this feat and all of the technology used in the process. The auto industry already has a defined safety requirements standard called ISO 26262, and one… Read More


Upping the Safety Game Plan for Automotive SoCs

Upping the Safety Game Plan for Automotive SoCs
by Rich Collins on 05-20-2021 at 10:00 am

Upping the Safety Game Plan for Automotive SoCs

Thanks to advanced hardware and software, smart vehicles are improving with every generation. Capabilities that once seemed far-off and futuristic—from automatic braking to self-driving at the very pinnacle—are now either standard or within reach. However, considering how vehicle architectures have continued to evolve,… Read More


Your Car Is a Smartphone on Wheels—and It Needs Smartphone Security

Your Car Is a Smartphone on Wheels—and It Needs Smartphone Security
by Taylor Armerding on 04-18-2021 at 10:00 am

Your Car Is a Smartphone on Wheels—and It Needs Smartphone Security

Your modern car is a computer on wheels—potentially hundreds of computers on a set of wheels. Heck, even the wheels are infested with computers—what do you think prompts that little light on your dashboard to come on if your tire pressure is low? And computers don’t just run your infotainment system, backup camera, dashboard warning

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Observation Scan Solves ISO 26262 In-System Test Issues

Observation Scan Solves ISO 26262 In-System Test Issues
by Tom Simon on 03-23-2021 at 10:00 am

Observation scan for ISO 26262

Automotive electronic content has been growing at an accelerating pace, along with a shift from infotainment toward mission critical functions such as traction control, safety systems, engine control, autonomous driving, etc. The ISO 26262 automotive electronics safety standard evolved to help ensure that these systems… Read More


Change Management for Functional Safety

Change Management for Functional Safety
by Bernard Murphy on 01-27-2021 at 6:00 am

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By now we’re pretty familiar with the requirements ISO 26262 places on development for automotive safety. The process, procedures and metrics you will apply to meet various automotive safety integrity levels (ASIL). You need to train organizations. In fact you should establish a safety culture across the whole company or line… Read More


An Accellera Update. COVID Accelerates Progress

An Accellera Update. COVID Accelerates Progress
by Bernard Murphy on 12-17-2020 at 6:00 am

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Normally I would post this Accellera update during DVCon US but, no surprise, this year is weird. Particularly in conferences going virtual. The last DVCon was in early March of this year, right on the cusp of the shutdown. I was there in person, as was Lu Dai (Chairman of Accellera). Both Synopsys and Cadence had dropped out, citing… Read More


The Reality of ISO 26262 Interpretation. Experience Matters

The Reality of ISO 26262 Interpretation. Experience Matters
by Bernard Murphy on 11-24-2020 at 6:00 am

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Interpreting ISO 26262 without ambiguity is not always easy. Suppliers and integrators can read some aspects differently, creating confusion. Which is a problem since ISO 26262 has become so much a part of any discussion on automotive electronics that it has gained almost biblical significance. Yet most of us, even suppliers… Read More


Highlights of the TSMC Technology Symposium – Part 1

Highlights of the TSMC Technology Symposium – Part 1
by Tom Dillinger on 09-04-2020 at 8:00 am

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Recently, TSMC held their 26th annual Technology Symposium, which was conducted virtually for the first time.  This article is the first of three that attempts to summarize the highlights of the presentations.

This article focuses on the TSMC process technology roadmap, as described by the following executives:

  • Y.J. Mii, SVP,
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