Accelerating Functional Safety Verification

Accelerating Functional Safety Verification
by Bernard Murphy on 10-24-2019 at 6:00 am

Verifying a design for functional safety requirements for an IP or SoC per ISO 26262 is a complex process that can’t be encapsulated in one tool. Process complexities depend on whether the Tier1 or OEM is targeting safety-levels ASIL-A , B, C or D, where ASIL-D applies to anything truly safety-critical such as airbag controls or … Read More


Safety in the Interconnect

Safety in the Interconnect
by Bernard Murphy on 04-26-2018 at 7:00 am

Safety is a big deal these days, not only in automotive applications, but also in critical infrastructure and industrial applications (the power grid, nuclear reactors and spacecraft, to name just a few compelling examples). We generally understand that functional blocks like CPUs and GPUs have to be safe, but what about the … Read More


Functional Safety in Delhi Traffic

Functional Safety in Delhi Traffic
by Bernard Murphy on 04-24-2018 at 7:00 am

While at DVCon I talked to Apurva Kalia (VP R&D in the System and Verification group at Cadence). He introduced me to the ultimate benchmark test for self-driving – an autonomous 3-wheeler driving in Delhi traffic. If you’ve never visited India, the traffic there is quite an experience. Vehicles of every type pack the roads … Read More


Functional Safety – the Analytics

Functional Safety – the Analytics
by Bernard Murphy on 04-17-2018 at 7:00 am

ISO 26262 is serious stuff, the governing process behind automotive safety. But, as I have observed before, it doesn’t make for light reading. The standard is all about process and V-diagrams, mountains of documentation and accredited experts. I wouldn’t trade a word of it (or my safety) for a more satisfying read, but all that … Read More


Achieving ISO 26262 Certification with ASIL Ready IP

Achieving ISO 26262 Certification with ASIL Ready IP
by Eric Esteve on 01-12-2018 at 7:00 am

According with McKinsey, “analysts predict revenue growth for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) to be up to 29 percent, giving the segment one of the highest growth rates in the automotive and related industries.” Design cycle in automotive segment is much longer than in segments like mobile, PC or consumer. If you expect… Read More


Foundation IP for Automotive: so Stringent Quality Requirements!

Foundation IP for Automotive: so Stringent Quality Requirements!
by Eric Esteve on 08-19-2016 at 7:00 am

The Automotive IC market is not the largest segment, but is certainly the segments expected to grow with the highest CAGR, with 10.8% from 2013 to 2018, according with IC Insights (January 2015). If you consider the pretty long concept/design to production cycle time (7 years or more) as well as the numerous segments just emerging… Read More