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Functional Safety Hardware News – November 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: Nov 2018 | SOURCE: https://semiengineering.com

THE IMPACT OF DOMAIN CROSSING ON SAFETY

Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss problems associated with domain crossings with Alex Gnusin, design verification technologist for Aldec; Pete Hardee, director, product management for Cadence; Joe Hupcey, product manager and verification product technologist for Mentor, a Siemens Business; Sven Beyer, product manager design verification for OneSpin; and Godwin Maben, applications engineering, scientist for Synopsys. Part one can be found here. Part two is here. What follows are excerpts of that discussion.


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

POWERVR GPU SEATS ITSELF IN THE DIGITAL COCKPIT

Imagination’s PowerVR Series8XT-A GPU core takes aim at the digital cockpit and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) thanks to features like hardware virtualization, which can provide quality-of-service (QoS) support (see figure). The company’s latest release highlights five essential elements: hardware IP, software, tools, documentation and long-term support.


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

SAFETY ANALYSIS TOOL TO SIMPLIFY AUTOMOTIVE ISO 26262 COMPLIANCE

Renesas Electronics is announcing the release of the GUI CAR (Customisable Analysis Report) Tool, an innovative safety analysis tool that will enhance customers’ ability to quickly integrate Renesas products into their safety-critical automotive systems while increasing user confidence in system compliance to the latest safety standard.


 DATE: Nov 2018 | SOURCE: http://www.embedded-computing.com

ONESPIN EXPERTS TALK FUNCTIONAL SAFETY COMPLIANCE AT DVCLUB EUROPE, SEMISRAEL EXPO 2018, 2ND ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON ISO 26262 TO SEMICONDUCTOR

Experts from OneSpin Solutions, provider of innovative formal verification solutions for highly reliable, digital integrated circuits (ICs), will attend DVClub Europe, SemIsrael Expo 2018 and the 2nd Annual Conference on ISO 26262 to Semiconductors presenting its safety-critical application offerings.


 DATE: Nov 2018 | SOURCE: https://www.sensorsmag.com

SOC EXTENDS FUNCTIONAL SAFETY IN AI DEVICES

Xilinx’s Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC family has been assessed as SIL 3, HFT1 capable, according the IEC 61508 functional-safety specification, by Exida functional-safety certification agency. Developers can now build systems including artificial intelligence (AI) for safety-critical applications using the single-chip MPSoC family, with the assurance of IEC 61508 functional-safety certification up to Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL 3). Xilinx has also introduced safety-enhanced automotive-qualified XA Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoCs, certified to ISO 26262 ASIL C.


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

CONNECTED CARS: FROM CHIP TO CITY

As the automotive industry moves closer to autonomous vehicles, ecosystem players are focusing on the infrastructure pieces needed to make autonomous technology a reality for the first adopters, which are most likely commercial fleets. Vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I or v2i) is a communications model that allows vehicles to share information with the components that support a country’s highway system, or a “walled garden” city-wide system for driverless vehicles such as buses. Similar to vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, V2I presently uses dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) frequencies to transfer data.


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

GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS ON CHIPLETS

Government agencies, industry groups and individual companies are beginning to rally around various chiplet models, setting the stage for complex chips that are quicker and cheaper to build using standardized interfaces and components.


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

TESTING MILLIMETER WAVE FOR 5G

The telecommunications world is hurtling toward 5G, but there is no consistency about how this next-gen wireless technology will be rolled out across various regions and plenty of unknowns about how it will be tested and how reliable it will be initially. A fair amount of confusion exists around what 5G constitutes in the first place. There is sub-6GHz 5G, which is sometimes referred to as 4.5G. And then there is the millimeter wave band, which radically changes the wireless communications paradigm because of improvements in speed.


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

MOBILEYE’S NEW EYEQ5: HOW OPEN IS OPEN?

Mobileye is aggressively shedding its reputation as a one-trick vision chip supplier. As the technology of automotive industries transitions from driving assist to robo-taxi development, Mobileye, an Intel company, is rolling out a comprehensive plan to grab a sizable share in the highly automated vehicle (HAV) market.


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

NVIDIA JETSON AGX XAVIER PART 1: HARDWARE

NVIDIA’s Jetson series of compact compute engines is impressive, starting with the TX1 and followed by the TX2. Its latest addition is the Jetson AGX Xavier (Fig. 1). It uses a new form factor and connector that differs from the TX1 and TX2—the connection now allows for more functionality. The software package for the Xavier is compatible with the older platforms, but it’s been expanding. These changes are why I’m presenting the Jetson AGX Xavier in a multipart series, kicking off with an examination of the hardware.

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