Arteris Articles

EDN: How NoCs Ace Power Management and Functional Safety in SoCs

Benoit de Lescure, CTO at Arteris IP authors this 3rd article in a new series for EDN:

How NoCs Ace Power Management and Functional Safety in SoCs

September 15th, 2021 - By Benoit de Lescure

The NoC interconnect is the SoC architecture.

This third article highlights how NoC technology provides capabilities like power management and functional safety that are not possible with older crossbar-based interconnect technologies. For design teams creating modern SoCs, whether large datacenter AI accelerators or power-sipping IoT sensors, NoC interconnect technology is key to implementing these SoC architectures and optimizing the dataflow within them.

To catch up on the first and second articles in this series, click below:

Topics: ARM NIC-400 SoC NoC functional safety network-on-chip crossbar automotive AI arteris ip Benoit de Lescure interconnects EDN LBIST Design Management Power Management Semiconductors DVSF

Semiconductor Engineering: ISO 26262 - Law Or Framework?

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

ISO 26262 - Law or Framework?

August 9th, 2021 - By Kurt Shuler

Collaboration between supplier and customer is key to achieving functional safety goals.


The ISO 26262 standard is a weighty series of documents that many believe has all the force of law or regulation; however, it is not a dictate. It is an agreement on best practices for participants in the vehicle value chain to follow to ensure safety as far as the industry understands it today. There is no monetary fine if the standard is not followed, though it will be difficult to sell automotive products without compliance.

Topics: functional safety automotive semiconductor engineering arteris ip SoCs kurt shuler eco FMEDA automotive chips IEEE P2851 ASIL automotive OEMs NoCs Accellera Functional Safety Working Group RTFM ISO 26262:2018 abstract

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