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Semiconductor Engineering: Autonomous Vehicles Are Reshaping The Tech World

 Arteris IP's Kurt Shuler, VP of Marketing, comments on ISO 26262 and the need to add SOTIF for the unknown-unkown errors in this latest Semiconductor Engineering article:

Autonomous Vehicles Are Reshaping The Tech World

September 5th, 2019 - By Kevin Fogarty

Even before fully autonomous vehicles blanket the road there is major upheaval at all levels of the industry.

 

Until recently, the V-system testing of ISO 26262 has been the primary functional safety method for verification and validation. It will continue to play that role, according to Kurt Shuler, vice president of marketing at Arteris IP, but it will be supplemented by other types of testing such as SOTIF (safety of the intended functionality, ISO 21448).

“SOTIF was a little controversial,” Shuler said. “It almost didn’t get passed because of what I call the philosophical element. It is designed to find faults when things are working correctly, but it also finds errors that you don’t know about. The way it goes about that is a little different from the usual approach, but there are also standards coming from SAE and others from ISO, so there will be plenty of competition for this kind of challenge to be able to verify probabilistic systems.”

For more information, please visit our Resources page for free downloads of our technical papers; http://www.arteris.com/resources

Topics: SoC ISO 26262 autonomous driving ArterisIP FlexNoC semiconductor engineering AI kurt shuler noc interconnect SOTIF (ISO 21448

SemiWiki: AI, Safety and the Network

Kurt Shuler, VP Marketing at Arteris IP, and Bernard Murphy (SemiWiki) discuss, 'What is driving the boom in AI-centric design', in this new SemiWiki blog:

AI, Safety and the Network

September 4th, 2019 - By Bernard Murphy

You probably know that Arteris IP is very active in AI and safety, leveraging their central value in network-on-chip (NoC) architectures. Bernard Murphy of SemiWiki blogged on Kurt Shuler's front-to-back white-paper to walking us through the essentials of AI, particularly machine learning (ML) and its application for example in cars.

Kurt also highlights an interesting point about this rapidly evolving technology. As we build automation from the edge to the fog to the cloud, functionality, including AI, remains quite fluid between levels. Kurt points out that this is somewhat mirrored in SoC design. In both cases architecture is constrained by need to optimize performance and minimize power across the system through intelligent bandwidth allocation and data locality. And for safety-critical applications, design and verification for safety around intelligent features must be checked not only within and between SoCs in the car but also beyond, for example in V2x communication between cars and other traffic infrastructure.

You can learn more by downloading this Arteris IP white paper titled, Re-Architecting SoCs for the AI Era: https://semiwiki.com/automotive/274598-ai-safety-and-the-network/

Topics: SoC functional safety ISO 26262 semiconductor automotive ADAS machine learning artificial intelligence semiwiki kurt shuler flexnoc ai package noc interconnect

New! Arteris IP Technical Paper, Re-Architecting SoCs for the AI Era

Kurt Shuler, VP of Marketing at Arteris IP has written this 10-page technical paper titled, "Re-Architecting SoCs for the AI Era".

August 29, 2019 - by Kurt Shuler

Abstract:
The growth of artificial intelligence (AI) demands that semiconductor companies re-architect their system on chip (SoC) designs to provide more scalable levels of performance, flexibility, efficiency, and integration. From the edge to data centers, AI applications require a rethink of memory structures, the numbers and types of heterogeneous processors and hardware accelerators, and careful consideration of how the dataflow is enabled and managed between the various high-performance IP blocks.

Topics: functional safety ISO 26262 semiconductor machine learning autonomous driving artificial intelligence AI SoCs kurt shuler noc interconnect ML dataflow

EE Times article, The Gatekeeper of a Successful Design is the Interconnect

K. Charles Janac, President and CEO, at Arteris IP, authored this article on how an effective interconnect makes delivering a complex SoC easier, more predictable, and less costly.

August 25, 2019 - by K. Charles Janac

An interconnect handles various types of traffic inside an SoC and is a mechanism for effective IP block integration. The interconnect is the most configurable IP in the SoC — typically changing many times during a project and nearly always changing between projects. It also plays a vital role in security and functional safety because it carries most of the SoC data and contains nearly all the SoC’s long wires and system-level services, including quality of service (QoS), visibility, physical awareness, and power management. The interconnect enables cache coherency in multiprocessor SoCs, high-performance and bandwidth levels in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) automotive chips and networking SoCs, and ultra-low power in long-running consumer devices.

Topics: semiconductor eetimes advanced driver assistance systems adas autonomous driving AI K. Charles Janac SoCs noc interconnect ML data center automation

Semiconductor Engineering: Chiplets, Faster Interconnects, More Efficiency

 Arteris IP's K. Charles Janac, president and CEO, chats with Ed Sperling at Hot Chips in this latest Semiconductor Engineering article:

Chiplets, Faster Interconnects, More Efficiency

August 22nd, 2019 - By Ed Sperling

Big chipmakers are turning to architectural improvements such as chipsets, faster throughput both on-chip and off-chip, and concentrating more work per operation or cycle, in order to ramp up processing speeds and efficiency.

 

“Everyone is struggling with CCIX,” said K. Charles Janac, president and CEO of Arteris IP. “If you have an accelerator and two coherent dies, there are too many corner cases to get it to work easily. But now you can use 3D interconnects to hook together a planar CPU and a planar I/O. So this looks like one system to the software, and you have inter-chip links between the network on chip and different die. That way you can support non-coherent and coherent read/write across two die. It makes the interconnect more valuable, but it also makes it more complicated.”

“The memory controller and the NoC will have to be much more tightly integrated,” said Janac. “The problem is that neither one understands the QoS of the entire chip, and there aren’t any independent memory controller companies left. But memory traffic has to be better integrated to make this work.”

For more information, please visit our Resources page for free downloads of our technical papers; http://www.arteris.com/resources

Topics: SoC ArterisIP FlexNoC ncore cache coherent interconnect semiconductor engineering K. Charles Janac noc interconnect Hot Chips

Arteris IP Ncore® Cache Coherent Interconnect Licensed by Bitmain for Sophon TPU Artificial Intelligence (AI) Chips

Network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect enables faster performance and lower die area for Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) AI/ML applications

CAMPBELL, Calif. June 9, 2019– Arteris IP, the world’s leading supplier of innovative, silicon-proven network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect intellectual property, today announced that Bitmain has licensed Arteris Ncore Cache Coherent Interconnect IP for use in its next-generation Sophon Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) systems-on-chip (SoCs) for the scalable hardware acceleration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms.

Our choice of interconnect IP became more important as we continued to increase the complexity and performance of Sophon AI SoCs. The Arteris Ncore cache coherent interconnect IP allowed us to increase our on-chip bandwidth and reduce die area, while being easy to implement in the backend. The Ncore IP’s configurability helped us optimize the die area of our SoC, which permits us to offer our users more performance at lower cost.”


Haichao Wang, CEO, Bitmain

Topics: SoC NoC new customer performance AI chips ML/AI scalable hardware on-chip bandwidth

Arteris IP FlexNoC® Interconnect Implemented in Uhnder Digital Automotive Radar-on-Chip

Austin-based startup uses Arteris IP interconnect to optimize on-chip communications for automotive radar-on-chip (RoC) systems

CAMPBELL, Calif. June 25, 2019– Arteris IP, the world’s leading supplier of innovative, silicon-proven network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect intellectual property, today announced that Uhnder’s new automotive radar-on-chip (RoC) uses the Arteris FlexNoC IP as the on-chip interconnect.

Our choice of on-chip interconnect IP was very important to our success because of the unprecedented extent of on-chip integration and our huge bandwidth requirements. The Arteris FlexNoC interconnect IP helped us to surpass our performance goals while avoiding routing congestion in our tightly integrated single-chip radar.”


Manju Hedge, CEO and Cofounder, Uhnder

Topics: SoC NoC new customer machine learning autonomous driving flexnoc interconnect ML/AI on-chip communications automotive radar

Arteris® IP FlexNoC® Interconnect Licensed by Achronix for New Speedster®7t FPGA family

Network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect enables ASIC-like performance for Speedster7t FPGA family

CAMPBELL, Calif. — June. 18, 2019 — Arteris IP, the world’s leading supplier of innovative, silicon-proven network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect intellectual property, today announced that Achronix Semiconductor Corporation has licensed Arteris FlexNoC interconnect IP for use in its new Speedster7t FPGA family – based on a new, highly optimized architecture – that goes beyond traditional FPGA solutions featuring ASIC-like performance, FPGA adaptability and enhanced functionality to streamline designs.

Our new Speedster7t FPGA family requires extremely high on-chip bandwidth and advanced dataflow arbitration to make possible ASIC-class machine learning processing. The Arteris FlexNoC IP is the optimal interconnect to meet these demands, especially with the advanced process technology nodes and multi-gigahertz frequencies we are dealing with."


Steve Mensor, Vice President of Marketing, Achronix

Topics: SoC FPGA new customer machine learning artificial intelligence flexnoc interconnect ML/AI Achronix

Silicon-Proven Arteris IP Ncore ® Cache Coherent Interconnect Implemented in Toshiba ISO 26262-Compliant ADAS Chip

Toshiba tapes out next-generation automotive ADAS system-on-chip (SoC) using mature network-on-chip interconnect technology

CAMPBELL, Calif. — June. 11, 2019 — Arteris IP, the world’s leading supplier of innovative, silicon-proven network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect semiconductor intellectual property, today announced that Toshiba has taped out its next generation automotive advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) chip using the Arteris IP Ncore Cache Coherent and FlexNoC®non-coherent interconnect with the associated Resilience Package.

Our use of the uniquely flexible Ncore cache coherent interconnect IP helped us to more quickly design and implement our next generation automotive ADAS chips while allowing us to increase hardware diagnostic coverage for ISO 26262 compliance. The Arteris IP team was very helpful in guiding us on the interconnect configuration to optimize system performance and hardware diagnostic coverage using the integrated functional safety mechanisms. Working with the highly professional Arteris team and their world class interconnect IP has helped us meet our performance requirements and schedule, while adding valuable capabilities that would not be possible with other interconnects.


Nobuaki Otsuka, Technology Executive at Electronic Device & Storage Corporation, Toshiba

Topics: SoC ISO 26262 automotive semiconductors japan flexnoc resilience package ADAS cache coherent interconnect advanced driver assistance systems adas imaging processor ncore cache coherent interconnect

Arteris IP and Wave Computing Collaborate on Reference Architecture for Enterprise Dataflow Platform

The Arteris FlexNoC Artificial Intelligence (AI) Package Coupled with Wave Computing's AI Systems and IP Technology Create a Unified Platform Optimized for AI Data Processing 

CAMPBELL, Calif. — May 21, 2019  Arteris IP, the world’s leading supplier of innovative silicon-proven network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect intellectual property (IP), and Wave Computing®, the Silicon Valley company accelerating artificial intelligence (AI) from the datacenter to the edge, are collaborating to create a blueprint that can help customers overcome compute-to-memory design challenges. Additionally, Wave Computing is licensing Arteris IP’s Ncore Cache Coherent Interconnect, FlexNoC interconnect IP, and its accompanying FlexNoC AI Package for use in the AI-enabled chips that fuel Wave Computing’s data center systems products. By working together to assimilate each other’s technology attributes, Wave Computing and Arteris can ensure the seamless flow of information enterprise-wide, helping speed time-to-insight.

Wave and Arteris have complementary compute and networking technologies that, when packaged together, address some of the key challenges facing system-on-chip designers today such as shorter product cycles and rapidly increasing product complexity. The world of AI demands greater compute power. Working with Arteris allows us to design a scalable data platform with blazing-fast performance at a cost-effective price that helps customers accelerate insight from the edge to the data center.”


Steve Brightfield, Senior Director, Strategic AI IP Marketing, Wave Computing

Topics: Arteris FlexNoC new customer artificial intelligence ncore cache coherent interconnect flexnoc ai package noc interconnect SoC designs datacenters