Event Details

MP Associates, Inc.
WEDNESDAY October 24, 4:00pm - 5:30pm | Forum 4
Tutorial 13 - Functional Safety Verification for ISO 26262-Compliant Automotive Designs - What’s New and What’s Needed

Jean-Marc Forey - Synopsys, Inc.
Werner Kerscher - Synopsys, Inc.
Werner Kerscher - Synopsys, Inc.

Automotive has evolved into one the fastest growing parts of the worldwide semiconductor industry, and automotive semiconductor content is exploding, driven by the LED headlights to the many advanced SoCs powering autonomous drive, infotainment, and vehicle communication systems. The “traditional” automotive electronics are not standing still either, with advanced drivetrains and sophisticated safety and ADAS systems creating demand for even-larger and more integrated SoCs As automotive electronic systems become ever more complex, the potential impact on the safety of vehicle’s occupants and bystanders becomes a critical consideration for these systems. ISO 26262, the functional safety standard for road vehicles was created to guide the development of electrical and electronic systems for automobiles, and meeting ISO 26262 compliance needs are rapidly becoming a part of many companies’ design and verification requirements. For IP and SoC companies, ISO 26262 product development at the hardware level guidelines are particularly important—from a verification perspective, it lays out a set of requirements for functional safety that need to be understood and followed, and which are in addition to best-practice functional verification methodologies. State-of-the-art functional safety verification is necessary, but not sufficient for ISO 26262. Functional verification seeks to find and eliminate design-related bugs, which would manifest as systematic faults during product operational lifecycles. In addition, complete functional safety verification must also be performed, with the objective of determining the product’s ability to safely manage random faults that may arise during its lifecycle. This is a different verification objective compared to functional verification, and is based on fault injection flows in addition to logic simulation flows.

This tutorial will provide a practical, hands-on overview of the following:
• ISO 26262 considerations for SoC and IP design verification, customer insights and today’s challenges
• Unique challenges for automotive SoC and IP verification engineering teams
• New functional verification challenges, solutions and flows
• Functional safety verification
• Failure mode analysis
• Fault injection testing; best practice methodologies for verification engineers
• Annotation of diagnostic data
• Conclusions and QA

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