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Semiconductor Engineering: How To Build An Automotive Chip

 Arteris IP's Kurt Shuler, Vice President of Marketing, comments about the claims of technical safety requirements in this Semiconductor Engineering article;

How To Build An Automotive Chip

March 7th, 2019 - By Ann Steffora Mutschler

Changing standards, stringent requirements and a mix of expertise make this a tough marketing to crack.

IP issues
“One of the things that all of these guys deal with is having evidence that the specifications are being followed, both from a process standpoint of how the IP is designed,” said Kurt Shuler, vice president of marketing at Arteris IP. “And then, does the IP meet the technical safety requirements that are being claimed?”

This requires the IP customer to look closely at their different IP providers. “If I’m licensing some IP, I want to understand in pre-sales what do you have, how did you build it,” said Shuler. “What evidence and work products do you have to prove any claims that you make? Things may go quiet for a while until the design team gets closer to the end of the chip design project and starts doing the work where they have to calculate the diagnostic coverage and FMEDA, maybe some fault injection to validate, some of the assumptions they make in the FMEDA, among other activities.”

“If our customer or prospect has somebody who doesn’t understand functional safety or the specification, and is just going blindly through a checklist, it slows things down,” Shuler said. “So the right subject matter experts must be there.”

For more information about ISO 26262:2018 Part 11, please download this presentation "Fundamentals of ISO 26262 Part 11 for Semiconductors".

Topics: SoC functional safety ISO 26262 automotive semiconductor engineering AI RTL noc interconnect ML/AI

EE Times article, "AV Safety Ventures Beyond ISO 26262"

Kurt Shuler, VP Marketing at Arteris IP, was interviewed and quoted in this interesting article on the new SOTIF ISO/PAS 21448:2019 specification. 

March 5, 2019 - by Junko Yoshida

Close vote
Kurt Shuler, vice president of marketing at Arteris, said that it was a “close vote” at the ISO 26262 meeting when the group decided to develop SOTIF as a separate standard. Skeptics questioned the need, he noted. Citing “known unknowns” and “unknown unknowns,” Shuler acknowledged, “We are getting into the realm of Donald Rumsfeld,” the former United States Secretary of Defense.

Topics: semiconductor eetimes autonomous vehicles ISO 26262 specification AI automotive design SoCs kurt shuler edge

Semiconductor Engineering: Using AI Data For Security

 Arteris IP's Kurt Shuler, Vice President of Marketing, comments about the edge emerging as a particular security concern because some of the devices can kill you, covered in this Semiconductor Engineering article;

Using AI Data For Security

February 20th, 2019 - By Ann Steffora Mutschler

Pushing data processing to the edge has opened up new security risks, and lots of new opportunities. 

The edge and beyond
“It’s cars and robots and medical devices,” said Kurt Shuler, vice president of marketing at Arteris IP. “These things can kill you two ways. A cosmic ray can cause a bit to flip, and things go awry. The other way is that the AI may work as intended, but what it decides to do from its neural net application is the wrong thing. In that case, the safety of the intended function is bad.”

There’s even a new spec just for this: “ISO/PAS 21448:2019 Road vehicles — Safety of the intended functionality.” That captures how to analyze these AI powered systems going into cars, so they works as designed.

Security can impact all of these systems. “There’s a totally separate set of specs, and a totally separate set of Ph.D. geeks working on safety and on security,” said Shuler. “What’s disconcerting is that the effects of any of these things, especially from a functional safety standpoint and a security standpoint, can be the same. Whether a bit flips or an engineer flipped a bit, someone can get hurt. Yet these sets of experts don’t really talk to each other too much. This was addressed in the new ISO 26262 2018 specification that came out in December, which includes specific text to address this. It basically says you must coordinate with security guys, but unless security is somehow mandated to a certain level — like functional safety is in cars and trains and other verticals — nobody really cares. It’s like insurance. Nobody wants to pay for too much security.”

For more information about ISO 26262:2018 Part 11, please download this presentation "Fundamentals of ISO 26262 Part 11 for Semiconductors".

Topics: semiconductor automotive AI ISO PAS 21448 data centers noc interconnect ML AI SoC Designers ecosystem

EE Times article, IoT Was Interesting, But Follow the Money to AI Chips

Kurt Shuler, VP Marketing at Arteris IP, states that the upcoming change in focus will be so radical, that by 2025, a full five sixths of the growth in semiconductors is going to be the result of AI. 

February 2, 2019 - by Kurt Shuler

A few years ago there was a lot of buzz about IoT, and indeed it continues to serve a role, but looking out to 2025 the real dollar growth for the semiconductor industry is in algorithm-specific ASICs, ASSPs, SoCs, and accelerators for Artificial Intelligence (AI), from the data center to the edge.

Anyone tracking the industry closely knows how we got to this point. Designers were implementing IoT before it even became a “thing.” Deploying sensors and communicating on a machine-to-machine level to perform data analysis and implement functions based on structural or ambient environment and other parameters just seemed like a smart thing to do. The Internet just helped to do it remotely. Then someone latched onto the term “the Internet of things” and suddenly everyone’s an IoT silicon, software, or systems player.

Topics: semiconductor eetimes autonomous vehicles AI automotive design SoCs kurt shuler training data centers edge 28 nm