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Functional Safety Verification Solution to Accelerate Time-to-Certification

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Synopsys has announced a comprehensive unified functional safety verification solution to accelerate time to ISO 26262 certification for automotive IP and semiconductor companies targeting the highest Automotive Safety Integrity Levels (ASIL D).

As part of the solution, Synopsys introduced VC Functional Safety Manager, a FMEA/FMEDA and fault classification automation technology enabling architects, IP designers, and verification engineers to accelerate their functional safety verification with productivity gains up to 50% compared to traditional manual and error-prone functional safety verification point tools.

“Arm strongly believes safety will be critical to the successful deployment of advanced ADAS and autonomous solutions,” said Neil Stroud, Senior Director of Technology Strategy, Automotive and IoT Line of Business, Arm. “With ISO 26262 compliance and functional safety verification requirements increasing for semiconductor companies targeting automotive applications, automation, and fast verification engines, such as the Synopsys Z01X digital fault simulation technology, are essential to accelerate time-to-compliance.”

Automotive semiconductor designs are growing in complexity to meet the increasing functionality demand for applications such as powertrain, advanced driver assistance, and autonomous driving. At the same time, semiconductor companies are required to deliver ISO 26262 certification for their products to customers.

This combination is expected to increase verification efforts by 2-3X. Synopsys’ unified functional safety solution provides unique technologies to bridge the current productivity gaps by delivering a comprehensive FMEA/FMEDA and fault classification automation solution leveraging a unified fault definition and database with the fastest verification engines.

In addition, Synopsys delivers the required tool certification and expert services enabling customers to accelerate planning, development, and work product generation for assessors and customers. Synopsys’ unified functional safety verification solution and VC Functional Safety Manager are deployed today at leading customers.

“As automotive electronic system complexity continues to increase, reducing the risks of systematic and random hardware failures is critical for modern automobiles,” said Alexander Griessing, Principal Safety Expert at Exida. “Synopsys and Exida recognize the need for an efficient and automated solution and are working together to help customers accelerate their deployment of functional safety for ISO 26262.”

Technology components for Synopsys’ unified functional safety verification solution includes:

  • VC Functional Safety Manager, a high-quality, scalable, and distributed FMEDA automation tool delivering the highest productivity through a FMEA/FMEDA and unified fault campaign process.
  • Synopsys TestMAX FuSa to perform early functional safety analysis at RTL- or gate-level and identify candidates for TMR and DCLS redundancy.
  • Z01X fault simulator for fast and proven digital fault simulation.
  • VC Formal FuSa App to accelerate fault classification through application of formal filtering.
  • Synopsys TestMax CustomFault for high-performance analog and mixed-signal fault simulation for full-chip functional safety and test coverage analysis.
  • ZeBu Server, the industry’s fastest emulator, to perform fault emulation for long software-rich tests.
  • Verdi Fault Analysis for debug, planning, and coverage, including integration with industry-leading requirement tracking tools.
  • Certitude functional qualification to demonstrate verification flow robustness in support of ISO 26262 Part 8-9 assessments.

“Synopsys collaborates with automotive semiconductor market leaders to deploy the most comprehensive functional safety verification solution for ISO 26262 compliance and certification,” added Vikas Gautam, Vice President of Engineering in the Synopsys Verification Group. “We are uniquely positioned to deliver the most comprehensive unified solution with FMEA/FMEDA automation, scalable verification engines, safety verification expertise, and certified technologies that enables our customers to accelerate their ISO 26262 deliverables.”

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