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1st Annual International Conference, Semiconductors ISO 26262

1st Annual International Conference, Semiconductors ISO 26262
by Daniel Payne on 10-31-2017 at 12:00 pm

When we talk about the promise of ADAS and autonomous cars then along the way we also hear about this functional safety standard called ISO 26262 which semiconductor companies all pay close attention to. I recently learned about a new conference called Semiconductors ISO 26262, scheduled for December 5-7 in Munich, Germany. The conference chairman is Riccardo Mariana, Intel Fellow, Functional Safety.


The aim of the conference is to help semiconductor companies meet the automotive safety challenges by:

  • Sharing the latest updates on ISO/DIS 26262:11 for competitive edge in functional safety.
  • Discussing improvements of the semiconductor usage in safety-critical systems for higher integrity level.
  • Discovering innovations in highly automated driving that the semiconductor sector can benefit from.
  • Addressing confidence issues in the use of software tools specifically designed for semiconductors challenges.
  • Analyzing fault injection tools to support safety analysis.
  • Finding diverse approaches to handle the safety of multicore.

There are 20 speakers lined up for this conference (Intel, NVIDIA, Renesas, Melexis, NXP Semi, Xilinx, ST Micro, TI, Toshiba, Qualcomm, Resiltech, Arteris, Robert Bosch, SGS-TUV, Brose Fahrzeugteile, ARM, Infineon, Harman International, Sensata Technologies, NetSpeed Systems, Jama Software) and one of them is from my locale in Portland, Oregon: Adrian Rolufs, Senior Consultant at Jama Software. I was able to correspond with Trevor Smith of Jama Software to get the big picture of ISO 26262 and how Jama Software is used by automotive engineers for product definition, change management and functional safety verification.


What makes Jama software stand out from competitors?

Our customers choose Jama for a number of reasons but the key factors typically include our extremely easy to use interface which drives high adoption rates among product development teams. Additionally that ease of use allows teams to build the solution around and along with their development process and not completely change their process to use a specific type of tool. This leads teams to quickly adopt Jama in both the regulated industries like automotive and the non-regulated industries like mobile phones. Companies can unify their development process across the entire company and not have silo’d development within each product line.

Based on your point of view, what challenges are semiconductor companies facing in order to comply with ISO 26262?

With the unprecedented growth that is forecasted for semiconductor suppliers in the automotive market, it has brought new players to the space who in the past have not been responsible for the stringent regulations that the automotive market demands. These new players are still facing the extremely competitive market that semi companies typically face but now require them to add more rigor to their entire product development process in order to support this market. And this isn’t only for new players, older automotive suppliers are seeing increased competition because of the projected growth, these existing players also need to step up their game to deliver products on time but still keeping a close eye to the functional safety regulations that ISO 26262 places on them.

How can Jama help solve the above challenges?

At Jama we keep a very close eye on the trends that are facing not only semiconductor designers and manufacturers, but also many of the markets that they are servicing, automakers and Tier 1 suppliers are Jama customers as well. By staying close to these markets we can quickly make improvements in Jama that have immediate benefits on the companies that utilize our solution. In addition we forge key partnerships with other tools that semiconductor companies are using in order to create a robust ecosystem to help our customers deliver better products faster and comply with standards and regulatory challenges.

Why is Jama attending the Semiconductor ISO 26262 conference in Munich?

The first reason ties to our answer above, where we are constantly watching the key trends within our target segments like semiconductor to better understand the challenges and then make improvements in Jama to help our customers succeed with their products. As the elements of Part 11 begin to take hold we want to ensure that Jama has already accounted for these elements as part of our product development.

Second, we want to ensure that all of the participants at the conference see Jama as a partner who can help them design and build the absolute best products they can through the use of our solution.

Lastly, we look forward to hearing from others at the conference who are leading the charge on Part 11 implementation and how it is affecting the industry.

Functional Safety Verification | Jama for Automotive Industries | Jama Software

Where can I go to learn more?

Check out our latest case study: Driving compliance with Functional Safety Standards for Software-based Automotive Components

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