safety-news-logo
Learn more about OneSpin…

Functional Safety Hardware News – December 2018

Every month, we search the web for relevant safety-critical news content and send you the top 10 stories in this newsletter. Here are the latest functional safety headlines for November 2018.

DATE: Dec 2018 | SOURCE: https://semiengineering.com

TOP TECH TALKS OF 2018

2018 shaped up to be a year of transition and inflection, sometimes in the same design. There were new opportunities in automotive, continued difficulties in scaling, and an explosion in AI and machine learning everywhere.


DATE: Dec 2018 | SOURCE: https://www.electronicdesign.com

MORE ARM SPLIT-LOCK CORES FOR AUTOMOTIVE APPS

Arm has had lockstep cores since its Cortex-R family, which targets safety applications such as automotive where redundancy is important. Even FPGAs have incorporated hard-core Cortex-R processors. Earlier, the company announced that its Cortex-A76E for automotive applications included a feature called split-lock that allows developers to select how cores operate together or are separated. This approach makes it possible to consolidate multiple chips into a single SoC while providing the same level of safety assurance.


DATE: Dec 2018 | SOURCE: https://www.semiengineering.com

THE RISE AND FALL OF SYNTHESIS BUGS IN SAFETY-CRITICAL FPGAS

FPGAs are the dominant hardware platform in low-volume, safety-critical applications, including aerospace, and nuclear power plants. Modern FPGAs allow for the implementation of high performance designs with integrated safety mechanisms. This is driving adoption in additional industries, including automotive. Functional safety standards require a rigorous development process to minimize the risk of introducing systematic faults. Some RTL issues may only reveal themselves as bugs in the synthesis netlist. Additionally, synthesis tools manipulate the design to map it into the fixed FPGA structure. These complex transformations present a high risk of introducing bugs.


DATE: Dec 2018 | SOURCE: https://www.semiengineering.com

DEEP LEARNING HARDWARE: FPGA VS. GPU

4. Functional Safety: GPUs are originally designed for graphics and high-performance computing systems where safety is not a necessity. Some applications, such as ADAS, do require functional safety. In such a case, GPUs should be designed in a way to meet the functional safety requirements. This could be a time-consuming challenge for GPU vendors. On the other hand, FPGAs have been used in industries where functional safety plays a very important role such as automation, avionics and defense. Therefore, FPGAs have been designed in way to meet the safety requirement of wide range of applications including ADAS. In this respect, Xilinx Zynq-7000 and Ultrascale+TM MPSoC devices are designed to support safety-critical applications such as ADAS.


DATE: Dec 2018 | SOURCE: https://semiengineering.com

WHO WILL REGULATE AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES BEST?

It’s not clear yet whether the AV START Act will pass the U.S. Senate and become a law. What is clear is the first effort at creating a national safety standard for connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) wasn’t the most effective tactic.


DATE: Dec 2018 | SOURCE: https://automotive.electronicspecifier.com

STRENGTHENING AUTONOMOUS TRUST ON THE ROAD

Winning the trust of consumers is critical, and to deliver these trusted experiences carmakers need solutions that achieve the right balance of innovation and safety while being deployable, scalable and ready for mass production. In my regular conversations with leading OEMs and tier ones, it’s clear that a broad range of compute is required to meet the needs of tomorrow’s vehicles, and one size will not fit all when it comes to the compute powering these vehicles.


DATE: Dec 2018 | SOURCE: http://www.semiconductor-today.com

OSRAM LEDS AND LASERS INCREASE SAFETY AND ENABLE CUSTOMIZABLE INTERIORS IN RINSPEED MICROSNAP VEHICLE

Self-driving vehicles will lead to new safety concerns outside of vehicles. As a provider of high-power infrared pulse lasers in LiDAR systems, Osram aims to make autonomous driving as safe as possible. With driverless cars, understanding the movement and intent of both pedestrians and vehicles is crucial in urban environments. The front and rear of the vehicle is made safer through a dynamic brake indicator that communicates with those outside the vehicle. LEDs on the pillars of microSNAP’s pod and the front of the skateboard are illuminated at different levels to show the entire braking process. This intuitive lighting application helps to let pedestrians know when the vehicle is at a complete stop.


DATE: Dec 2018 | SOURCE: https://semiengineering.com

DEBUG TOPS VERIFICATION TASKS

There are a variety or reasons for this, including the fact that some SoCs are composed of hundreds of internally developed and externally purchased IP blocks and subsystems. New system architectures contribute to the mix, some of which are being developed to deal with an explosion of data. Add to that new packaging approaches, more complex interactions between different blocks and power domains, and an increasing emphasis on reliability for automotive and industrial applications, and the increased emphasis on debug begins to make sense.


DATE: Dec 2018 | SOURCE: https://www.eetimes.com

BMW, MICROSOFT JOIN $200 MILLION GRAPHCORE FUNDING

UK-based developer of machine intelligence processors Graphcore announced a new round of $200 million in funding, including investment from BMW and Microsoft. The deal — which brings Graphcore's total funding to $300 million — values the company at $1.7 billion.


DATE: Dec 2018 | SOURCE: https://semiengineering.com

FUNDAMENTAL SHIFTS IN 2018

What surprised the industry in 2018? While business has been strong, markets are changing, product categories are shifting and clouds are forming on the horizon.

comments
0