Chipping Away at Functional Safety Flaws in Automotive Electronics
Today’s automobiles are packed with electronics. From autonomous driving support and infotainment systems to mission-critical functions like braking, a car’s performance depends on the reliability of these electronics systems. While the semiconductors that lie at the heart of these systems have been not been a focus in the past, today their reliability is coming under closer scrutiny by both the automotive industry and government regulators.
A key automotive standard, ISO 26262, is being updated to consider the safe performance of all semiconductor components. How will automotive systems engineers meet this tougher standard — and address functional safety concerns down to the chip level? It’s clear that they can no longer rely on manual analysis and consumer software tools like Excel.
What’s needed is a new solution for mapping semiconductor designs to the key functions they support within the vehicle — and ensuring that semiconductors will perform flawlessly to support consistent vehicle performance and outstanding passenger safety.