Arteris Articles

Semiconductor Engineering: Automotive AI Hardware: A New Breed

Kurt Shuler, Vice President of Marketing at Arteris IP authored this new article in Semiconductor Engineering:

Automotive AI Hardware: A New Breed

June 3rd, 2021 - By Kurt Shuler

What sets automotive apart from the conventional wisdom on AI hardware markets.

Arteris IP functional safety manager Stefano Lorenzini recently presented “Automotive Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) with AI/ML and Functional Safety” at the Linley Processor Conference. A main point of the presentation was that conventional wisdom on AI hardware markets is binary. There’s AI in the cloud: Big, power-hungry, general-purpose. And there’s AI at the edge: Small, low power, limited application-specific features. Automotive AI doesn’t really fit into either category. To power ADAS and autonomous driving functions, these chips are extremely application-specific and require more performance than typical edge AI, are low power but not as low as IoT chips at the edge, and must be as low cost as possible. They also add a new angle – low latency because safety demands fast and deterministic response times. Add to all that the functional safety requirements demanded by ISO 26262 – inside the AI structure as much as everywhere else. Bottom line: Automotive AI SoC architectures are unique beasts.

Topics: SoC NoC functional safety network-on-chip automotive ECC The Linley Group ISO 26262 compliance semiconductor engineering arteris ip interconnects kurt shuler AI SoCs AI/ML Stefano Lorenzini heterogeneous socs ASIL

Semiconductor Engineering: NoCs In Authoritative MPSoC Reference

Kurt Shuler, Vice President of Marketing at Arteris IP authored this new article in Semiconductor Engineering:

NoCs In Authoritative MPSoC Reference

May 6th, 2021 - By Kurt Shuler

The role of the network-on-chip in ensuring total system safety.

K. Charles Janac, president and CEO of Arteris IP, authored the first chapter in that third section on network-on-chip (NoC) architecture and how it has enabled MPSoCs. 

The chapter starts with the evolution from buses to crossbars to NoCs. Next is a useful overview of a typical approach to architecting and configuring a NoC. As the most configurable intellectual property (IP) in an SoC, getting the design to an optimal solution requires careful planning and refinement. The design evolves, not just the logic but also the topology.

By the way, this book is a technical review, not a marketing pitch. Charlie is quite open that while NoCs share some concepts with “regular” communications networks, the analogy cannot be stretched too far. NoC design is still very much an activity for semiconductor designers, not general network designers.

Topics: SoC NoC functional safety network-on-chip ECC cache coherency IEEE semiconductor engineering arteris ip ASIL D K. Charles Janac interconnects kurt shuler ai accelerators security TMR MPSOC LBIST

Semiconductor Engineering: Interconnects In A Domain-Specific World

Kurt Shuler, Vice President of Marketing and Guillaume Boillet, Director of Product Management at Arteris IP are quoted in this new Semiconductor Engineering article:

Interconnects In A Domain-Specific World

April 8th, 2021 - By Brian Bailey

When and where tradeoffs between efficiency and flexibility make sense.

"The prediction of power consumption of chips under a given workload is one of the most complex tasks our industry must tackle today,” says Guillaume Boillet, director of product management for Arteris IP

Kurt Shuler, vice president of marketing at Arteris IP says, “You may have 200 things connected to your NoC at the center of the chip. The NoC tool manages all of the meta data for the IP connected to it. Back-figuring all that information is a huge source of systematic errors. We all make mistakes. And that causes problems, not just for regular chips. But can you imagine that for typical functional safety requirements?”

Topics: SoC NoC functional safety network-on-chip neural networks semiconductor engineering arteris ip interconnects kurt shuler power consumption meta data

Semiconductor Engineering: Privacy Protection A Must For Driver Monitoring

Kurt Shuler, Vice President of Marketing at Arteris IP is quoted in this new Semiconductor Engineering article:

Privacy Protection A Must For Driver Monitoring 

April 1st, 2021 - By Ann Steffora Mutschler

Why driver data collected by in-cabin monitoring systems must be included as part of the overall security system.

Privacy and security has to be addressed at every layer, by all parties, said Kurt Shuler, vice president of marketing at Arteris IP. “We’re getting questions from customers asking, ‘You’ve got this interconnect, it’s a network, you have these firewalls, how do I integrate this into my overall security system for my chip?’ They also want to know how to integrate that in the overall security system of that vehicle subsystem, and how to integrate that into the overall security system for the car, and then the network of cars. If I’m GM, I’ve got a whole network of GM cars running around. Where there’s OnStar, I have to protect that data too, and that’s sitting on servers. The OEM is cognizant of this because they know from market forces that if they screw it up, then people aren’t going to trust them. And even though there are IEEE, ISO, and SAE standards, selling security is like selling insurance. Nobody thinks they need it until after the incident happened. The risk is huge here if you don’t do it right, so you should do everything state of the art. However, there’s nothing currently legally forcing that.”

Topics: SoC NoC functional safety ISO 26262 network-on-chip automotive IEEE semiconductor engineering arteris ip interconnects OEMs security driver monitoring