Safety: Big Opportunity, A Long and Hard Road

Safety: Big Opportunity, A Long and Hard Road
by Bernard Murphy on 02-27-2019 at 7:00 am

Safety, especially in road vehicles (cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc.), gets a lot of press these days. From the point of view of vendors near the bottom of the value chain it can seem that this just adds another item to the list of product requirements; as long as you have that covered, everything else remains pretty much the same in… Read More


Delivering Innovation for Regulated Markets

Delivering Innovation for Regulated Markets
by Daniel Nenni on 02-25-2019 at 7:00 am

When delivering devices to markets that require heavily audited compliance it is necessary to document and demonstrate development processes that follow the various standard(s) such as IEC65108, IATF16949, ISO26262.

For complex multi-disciplinary designs this can be difficult as they are often developed by multiple teams… Read More


Mentor’s Busy ITC and Major Test Product Updates

Mentor’s Busy ITC and Major Test Product Updates
by Tom Simon on 10-31-2018 at 1:00 pm

In conjunction with the 2018 International Test Conference, Mentor has several interesting test announcements. They also have a busy round of technical activities, including a number of technical papers, presentations, tutorials and a poster from a major customer about using Mentor. I’d like to touch on the two product related… Read More


Top 10 Highlights from the Samsung Foundry Forum

Top 10 Highlights from the Samsung Foundry Forum
by Tom Dillinger on 05-30-2018 at 9:00 am

Samsung Foundry recently held their annual technology forum in Santa Clara CA. The forum consisted of: presentations on advanced and mainstream process technology roadmaps; the IP readiness for those technology nodes; a review of several unique package offerings; and, an informal panel discussion with IP designers and EDA… Read More


ISO 26262: Automotive electronics safety gets an update in 2018

ISO 26262: Automotive electronics safety gets an update in 2018
by Tom Simon on 05-02-2018 at 12:00 pm

In the field of automotive electronics, the year 2011 was a long time ago. So, it is about time that the initial ISO 26262 specification that was adopted back then gets an update. The latest version will be known as ISO26262:2018 and will expand the scope of the original to cover more types of vehicles. It will add an entire section on… Read More


HCM Is More Than Data Management

HCM Is More Than Data Management
by Alex Tan on 04-12-2018 at 12:00 pm

While tracking Moore’s Law has become a more expensive and difficult endeavor in the HPC design, the mobile SOC design space is also increasingly heterogeneous and complex. Strict safety guidelines such as the ISO-26262 being imposed in the automotive applications further exacerbate the situation.

Looking closer into the … Read More


Safety Critical Applications Require Onboard Aging Monitoring

Safety Critical Applications Require Onboard Aging Monitoring
by Tom Simon on 04-04-2018 at 6:00 am

When it comes to safety, ISO 26262 is the spec that comes to mind for many people. However, there are layers of specifications that enable the level of safety required for automotive and other systems that need high reliability. For any application requiring safety, test is a critical element. A key spec for SOC test is IEEE 1500, … Read More


Functional Safety Methodologies for Automotive Applications

Functional Safety Methodologies for Automotive Applications
by Alex Tan on 04-03-2018 at 12:00 pm

During Q&A session at San Jose GTC 2018, nVidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang reiterated that critical functional safety, such as in autonomous vehicle, requires both the redundancy and the diversity aspects. For example, CUDA with Tensor core and GPU with DLA were both utilized. Safety is paramount to automotive applications. Any… Read More


New Architectures for Automotive Intelligence

New Architectures for Automotive Intelligence
by Tom Simon on 03-14-2018 at 12:00 pm

My first car was a used 1971 Volvo 142 and probably did not contain more than a handful of transistors. I used to joke that it could easily survive the EMP from a nuclear explosion. Now, of course, cars contain dozens or more processors, DSP’s and other chips containing millions of transistors. It’s widely expected that the number … Read More


Mentor Tessent MissionMode Provides Runtime DFT for Self-Correcting Automotive ICs

Mentor Tessent MissionMode Provides Runtime DFT for Self-Correcting Automotive ICs
by Mitch Heins on 02-22-2018 at 12:00 pm

The automotive industry continues push the limits on how “smart” we can make our vehicles and from that, it follows as to how smart we can make the electronics in the vehicles. When I think of smart cars (and smart automotive ICs) I typically think of things like advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) that use AI and neural networks… Read More