In the EDA industry, a fierce battle is underway around functional safety. Surprisingly, though, the "big three" EDA houses maintain quite distinct approaches to helping chipmakers prove ISO 26262 compliance.
As cars continue their transformation from glorified, mechanical horseless carriages to AI-powered robots on wheels, the global auto industry is increasingly looking to the semiconductor market to provide the embedded intelligence necessary to realize the era of assisted and autonomous driving. Meanwhile, the auto industry’s long-running obsession with reliability and functional safety continues unabated.
The “north star” for establishing the reliability of E/E automotive systems is ISO 26262, the international standard for functional safety of electrical and/or electronic systems in production automobiles. Automakers and their Tier 1 suppliers are pushing semiconductor providers to deliver ISO-26262-compliant ICs together with evidence that the tools used to create the chips have qualified for the standards as well.
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