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Semiconductor Engineering: Virtualization In The Car

Stefano Lorenzini, Functional Safety Manager at Arteris IP is quoted in this new article in Semiconductor Engineering:

Virtualization In The Car

August 6th, 2020 - By Ann Steffora Mutschler

How and why abstraction layers are becoming essential in automotive design.

 
“It’s a way to create multiple virtual instantiations of the same hardware, and every instance is virtually dedicated to a specific product or software or application,” said Stefano Lorenzini, functional safety manager at Arteris IP . “The hypervisor is a bare-metal operating system that runs directly on the hardware and creates an intermediate layer with respect to other application or software programs that are running on top. So if you want to look to the architecture from the top to the bottom, you see the application, then you see the hypervisor, and then you see the hardware layer. The hypervisor is the thing that creates this illusion to the application that every resource of the SoC is dedicated to them.”
 
Topics: SoC automotive autonomous vehicles NoC technology semiconductor engineering soc architecture AI ASIL D functional safety manager noc interconnect IP market automotive electronics

Semiconductor Engineering: Tracking Automotive's Rapidly Shifting Ecosystem

Kurt Shuler, vice president of marketing at Arteris IP is quoted in this Semiconductor Engineering article:

Tracking Automotive's Rapidly Shifting Ecosystem

April 2nd, 2020 - By Ann Steffora Mutschler

 Arteris IP, which has been active in the automotive market since 2010 and has established relationships with most of the automotive semiconductor players, this behavior is not a surprise.
 
“There’s paperwork that goes back and forth about who has been certified for what, or how to go about assessments or about ISO 26262,” said Kurt Shuler, vice president of marketing at Arteris IP. “For companies new to this, whether on the semiconductor side making an automotive chip or an IP that’s going into automotive, it can be weird to get questions from customers asking for the processes to be described, or how traceability of requirements is done through to the specifications, and the implementation queue. If you’re not in automotive or medical devices or something similar, like military/aerospace, you’re not used to being asked those questions or even revealing that information externally. If you’re new to an automotive chip, or new to automotive IP, you have to deal with that. It’s an education process.”
 
Topics: SoC ISO 26262 automotive ADAS autonomous vehicles NoC technology semiconductor engineering OEMs noc interconnect Tier 1s IP market

Semiconductor Engineering: New Architectural Issues Facing Auto Ecosystem

Kurt Shuler, vice president of marketing at Arteris IP comments, technology-wise, there are two key trends - electrification and autonomy, then who owns the data in this new Semiconductor Engineering article:

New Architectural Issues Facing Auto Ecosystem

March 5th, 2020 - By Ann Steffora Mutschler

Semiconductor vendors are trying to do more system-level work, while EDA companies are starting to integrate some of their tools and IP, so they all work together, Shuler said. “For the Tier 1s this means, just like the hyperscalar companies like the Googles, the Facebooks, the Amazons, and the Microsofts, they are now designing their own chips. That means they’re competing below and they’re competing above. ‘Mr. OEM, we can take care of all of this for you. You just make the plastics. You don’t need to know how all this stuff works.’ And the OEMs are now saying, ‘Hey, wait a minute, this is our brand, this is our car. We need to start hiring chip people too.’ Everybody is, within the car itself, clashing from a business and technical standpoint,” Shuler said.

There are other potential conflicts and challenges to go along with this, such as what to do when data comes into a car, where and how that data should be processed, and who ultimately owns the data.

“Think about how much data your cell phone creates, as well as all of the security breaches that have happened,” said Arteris IP’s Shuler. “The car has a whole bunch of information just like that cell phone, and there’s a fight over who owns that info.

To learn more, please download this Technical Paper on "Re-Architecting SoCs for the AI Era", please go here; https://www.arteris.com/download-re-architecting-socs-for-the-ai-era

Topics: SoC ISO 26262 Networks-On-Chip autonomous vehicles semiconductor engineering arteris ip kurt shuler OEMs noc interconnect ML/AI Tier 1s electrification

Semiconductor Engineering: Uses, Limits and Questions for FPGAs and Autos

Kurt Shuler, vice president of marketing at Arteris IP comments, he has seen that development is quickly moving in the direction of optimization with a lot of custom ASIC activity this Semiconductor Engineering article:

Uses, Limits and Questions for FPGAs and Autos

February 6th, 2020 - By Ann Steffora Mutschler

 

 

“Some companies are getting beyond the bounds of what can be done even in single die, looking at multidie solutions, but everything’s around optimization for power, bandwidth, latency, and functional safety,” Shuler said. “When you go to FPGA, the biggest issue is probably on the power side. Compared to a similar set of logic in ASIC versus doing an FPGA, you’ve got to basically turn on and off more transistors. That’s the underlying technical issue.

To learn more, please download this Technical Paper on "Re-Architecting SoCs for the AI Era", please go here; https://www.arteris.com/download-re-architecting-socs-for-the-ai-era

Topics: SoC Networks-On-Chip ASICs autonomous vehicles semiconductor engineering arteris ip kurt shuler noc interconnect ML/AI sensors