ISO 26262: Feeling Safe in Your Self-Driving Car

ISO 26262: Feeling Safe in Your Self-Driving Car
by Daniel Nenni on 04-11-2022 at 10:00 am

ISO 26262

The word “safety” can mean a lot of different things to different people, but it’s a word we hear frequently when the topic involves automobiles. In contrast, “functional safety” has a long-established meaning in the design of electrical and mechanical systems: an automatic protection mechanism with a predictable response … Read More


Webinar: Beyond the Basics of IP-based Digital Design Management

Webinar: Beyond the Basics of IP-based Digital Design Management
by Daniel Payne on 03-08-2022 at 10:00 am

Digital Design Flow

According to the ESD Alliance, the single biggest revenue category in our industry is for semiconductor IP, so the concept of IP reuse is firmly established as a way to get complex products to market more quickly and reducing risk. On the flip side, with hundreds or even thousands of IP blocks in a complex SoC, how does a team, division… Read More


Synopsys’ ARC® DSP IP for Low-Power Embedded Applications

Synopsys’ ARC® DSP IP for Low-Power Embedded Applications
by Kalar Rajendiran on 09-30-2021 at 10:00 am

Key Applications Driving PPA Optimized Signal Processing

On Sep 20th, Synopsys announced an expansion of its DesignWare® ARC® Processor IP portfolio with new 128-bit ARC VPX2 and 256-bit ARC VPX3 DSP Processors targeting low-power embedded SoCs. In 2019, the company had launched a 512-bit ARC VPX5 DSP processor for high-performance signal processing SoCs. Due to the length, format… Read More


Reliability Analysis for Mission-Critical IC design

Reliability Analysis for Mission-Critical IC design
by Daniel Payne on 09-13-2021 at 10:00 am

reliability analysis min

Mission-critical IC design for segments like automotive, aerospace, defense, medical and 5G have more stringent reliability analysis requirements than consumer electronics, and entails running special simulations for the following concerns:

  • Electromigration analysis
  • IR drop analysis
  • MOS aging
  • High-sigma Monte Carlo
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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

functional safety

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


Functional Safety – What and How

Functional Safety – What and How
by Daniel Payne on 05-26-2021 at 10:00 am

Accellera FSWG min

I’ve written before about how the automotive industry adheres to functional safety (FS) as defined in the ISO 26262 standard, along with other SemiWiki bloggers. That standard certainly defines the What part of FS, however it doesn’t mandate how you meet the standard, what tools you should be using, file formats … Read More


Safety Architecture Verification, ISO 26262

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

fault injection state space min

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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