June 17, 2020
From autonomous driving capabilities to cameras and infotainment systems, consumers are demanding richer functionality and higher levels of performance. These new functions require more computational power and increase the complexity of semiconductor designs.
Because they are tiny, it’s easy to overlook the importance of semiconductors that underlie reliable automotive performance. However, these small systems enable larger electronic networks to control every aspect of a car’s performance
More and more subsystems are controlled by automotive
electronics — from starters to infotainment systems.
Recognizing the growing role of semiconductors, as well as their essential contribution to automotive safety, the Road Vehicle — Functional Safety Standard, also known as ISO 26262, recently expanded to explicitly include semiconductor components in the scope of functional safety analysis for road vehicles.
This means that automotive engineers need to ensure the safety of the vehicle from the system level to chip level. To do this, they will have to go beyond manual processes and produce documentation to verify the functional safety of all electronic systems.
To learn how to meet these new standards, map semiconductor designs to key functions and verify their safety, read the white paper: 3D Heterogenous Integration: Design and Verification Challenges
Functional safety experts have traditionally looked at automotive system architectures to identify potential failure modes, the probability of failure and how the system will respond to each error.
Semiconductors bring an added layer of complexity to this process. The experts are now expected to look beneath the surface of these components and determine how a flaw in a single chip, for example, could manifest itself in the car’s overall performance.
As more and more subsystems are controlled by automotive electronics, functional safety analysis will become more complex.
In order to accomplish this analysis, engineers must:
How can this be completed in a rapid, cost-effective manner?
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Implementing this workflow offers benefits such as:
Ansys medini analyze makes it possible to ensure automotive semiconductor compliance.
By reducing development costs and time to market — while maximizing innovation and product confidence — medini analyze can help companies achieve a significant competitive advantage in an increasingly crowded marketplace.
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