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Synopsys enables designers to expedite car SoC dev't

Posted: 10 Jun 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Synopsys  SoC design  ADAS  automotive  semiconductor 

Synopsys has recently announced an expanded portfolio with a set of IP dedicated to the automotive sector. The EDA tools company revealed enhancements of its DesignWare IP line-up that even includes safety aspects into account, to a certain degree, stated the company.

The automotive market stands out amidst other application segments in that it has particular high requirements with regards to high integration as well as specific safety and reliability. From the engineering perspective, the integration and performance requirements translate into designs that increasingly make use of SoCs with multiple heterogeneous microprocessors along with applications logic, memory and interfaces in a single package. Synopsys supports this design trend in that it extends its DesignWare IP portfolio with a range of IP blocks that cast the most promising and future-oriented functions into silicon by means of RTL code or hard IP.

DesignWare IP portfolio

Safety-critical IP for automotive applications: Synopsys widens its offerings that help design engineers to speed their ADAS designs.

The offering includes Ethernet audio video bridging (AVB), low-power DDR3 memory, non-volatile memories, data converters and other functional units, all powered by Synopsys ARC microprocessor architecture. In addition, the offering includes a range of interface IP mostly used in the infotainment domain and advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) applications such as HDMI, PCI Express and USB. Most of these building blocks are pre-certified according to the safety standard ISO 26262, ASIL level B. While the B level is only the third-highest of four levels and thus does not inherently include the most safety-critical applications such as power steering or everything around semi- or full automated driving, this does not rule out that the IP can be used in such systems, said Jai Durgam, Synopsys group director of field applications engineering. In such cases however the design needs to be certified individually.

In any case, already the IP in question is delivered with safety packages that include failure mode effects and diagnostic analysis reports as well as safety plans and manuals, giving designers the documentation required to complete their own certification process. In addition, the development process for the Synopsys IP also supports the TS 16949 standard documentation requirements. The entire safety certification process has been developed in close collaboration with certification services provider SGS-TV Saar. Functional safety, represented by ASIL B Ready certification, is crucial for new automotive applications such as ADAS, noted Wolfgang Ruf, product manager at SGS-TV Saar. Meeting ISA standards is key to demonstrating that an SoC, including its components, delivers enhanced processes for functional safety. By investing in the development of IP that meets strict certification guidelines, Synopsys is enabling SoC designers to faster meet their automotive design and certification objectives.

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
  EE Times Europe





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