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


Autonomous Vehicles Upending Automotive Design Process

Autonomous Vehicles Upending Automotive Design Process
by Tom Simon on 12-28-2017 at 12:00 pm

The automotive industry has a history of bringing about disruptive technological advances. One only needs to look at the invention of the assembly line by Henry Ford to understand the origins of this phenomenon. Today we stand on the brink of a massive change in how cars operate and consequently how they are built. A number of automotive… Read More


Safety qualification for leading edge IP elements – presentation at REUSE 2017 in Santa Clara

Safety qualification for leading edge IP elements – presentation at REUSE 2017 in Santa Clara
by Tom Simon on 12-06-2017 at 12:00 pm

To ensure the reliability of automotive electronics, standards like AEC-Q100 and ISO 26262 have helped tremendously. They have created rational and explicit steps for developing and testing the electronic systems that go into our cars. These are not some abstract future requirement for fully autonomous cars, rather they are… Read More


Webinar Preview: Alexa, can you help me build a better SoC?

Webinar Preview: Alexa, can you help me build a better SoC?
by Mitch Heins on 09-13-2017 at 7:00 am

Nothing is pushing complexity in system-on-chips (SoCs) designs like the drive (no pun intended) to make autonomous vehicles a widespread reality. Autonomous vehicle systems require heterogeneous architectures with reliable, efficient communications between CPU clusters, vision processing accelerators, storage and… Read More


Rob Bates on Safety and ISO26262

Rob Bates on Safety and ISO26262
by Bernard Murphy on 07-12-2017 at 7:00 am

Most of us would agree that safety is important in transportation and most of us know that in automotive electronics this means ISO26262 compliance. But, except for the experts, the details don’t make for an especially gripping read. I thought it would be interesting to get behind the process to better understand the motivation,… Read More


Making Cars Smarter And Safer

Making Cars Smarter And Safer
by Tom Simon on 04-18-2017 at 12:00 pm

The news media has naturally focused on the handful of deaths that have occurred while auto-pilot features have been enabled. In reality, automobile deaths are occurring at a lower rate now than ever. In 2014 the rate was 1.08 deaths per 100 million miles driven. Compare that to the 5.06 per 100M miles in 1960, or a whopping 24.09 in… Read More