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UltraSoC’s embedded analytics technology provides a powerful platform for developers who need to ensure the security and functional safety of their products – particularly in the automotive industry.

Our semiconductor IP can improve verification and validation during product development; and it can be used in deployed products to spot both systemic and random errors, providing a new level of safety functionality, and allowing in-field system health monitoring and advanced forensics.

Our new white paper covers the changing face of engineering for safety and security and the emerging ISO21434 cybersecurity standard. We examine the development process – including risk assessment, threat analysis, and security planning – and also look at hardware-based monitoring systems that provide an additional root of trust, and react in microseconds rather than milliseconds.

You can access the white paper via this download page.

Featured press release

UltraSoC-led consortium secures £2m Innovate UK funding to develop cybersecurity solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles

Collaboration includes Coventry University, Copper Horse & University of Southampton

UltraSoC announced on 18th July 2019 that it has secured £2m ($2.51m) in support from Innovate UK (the innovation agency of the UK Government), for an ambitious co-funded project that will improve the safety and security of tomorrow’s connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). The project, a collaboration between UltraSoC, the Universities of Southampton and Coventry, and cybersecurity specialist consultancy Copper Horse, aims to improve the security and safety of citizens and infrastructure by developing the world’s first on-chip monitoring solution for CAVs.

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Featured presentations

AESIN 2019 Conference

Presentation by UltraSoC CSO Aileen Ryan on ‘On-chip monitoring to detect system anomalies at clock speed’.

IQPC Security for Semiconductors event

Presentation by UltraSoC CSO Aileen Ryan on ‘Application-Independent Security Implementations using Hardware-Based Features‘.

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Video: UltraSoC Automotive Safety and Security

“Checking your chip every step of the journey ahead”

 

 

More press releases

UltraSoC selected by Japan’s NSITEXE for automotive development

UltraSoC announced that its embedded analytics technologies have been selected by Japanese company NSITEXE, Inc. (hereinafter, NSITEXE, a subsidiary of DENSO Corporation, the global automotive components manufacturer) to monitor performance and improve quality and reliability, particularly in future autonomous vehicle designs.

Hideki Sugimoto, CTO of NSITEXE commented: “To extract more useful information from sensors, processor performance requirements are continuously increasing in a variety of industries. We need to meet these real demands with our and other processors. The insights, monitoring and reporting enabled by UltraSoC’s development and debug products will be a powerful tool in driving and accelerating innovations such as connected autonomous vehicles and in the area of electrification.”

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UltraSoC-led consortium secures £2m Innovate UK funding to develop cybersecurity solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles

UltraSoC announced that it has secured £2m ($2.51m) in support from Innovate UK (the innovation agency of the UK Government), for an ambitious co-funded project that will improve the safety and security of tomorrow’s connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). The project, a collaboration between UltraSoC, the Universities of Southampton and Coventry, and cybersecurity specialist consultancy Copper Horse, aims to improve the security and safety of citizens and infrastructure by developing the world’s first on-chip monitoring solution for CAVs.

Professor Siraj Shaikh from the The Institute of Future Transport at Coventry University, added, “We are delighted to be working alongside UltraSoC and its partners to ensure that any CAV system delivered to market, is fit for market: robust and thoroughly tested.”

Mark Zwolinski, Professor at the University of Southampton, also commented, “Our team is a leading authority in on-chip machine learning methods and we look forward to working closely with UltraSoC’s engineers to develop an embedded analytics solution to meet the stringent criteria of these mission critical and life-protecting systems.”

David Rogers MBE, CEO of Copper Horse, said: “While many companies are trying to tackle cybersecurity risks from the outside-in, UltraSoC’s technology is at the core of the device and hence is able to address concerns from the inside. We are delighted to have been part of the Innovate UK grant bid and look forward to working on the security of the solution, based on known and potential attacks.”

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UltraSoC joins AESIN to further automotive safety and security

UltraSoC announced on 9th July 2019 that it has joined AESIN (the Automotive Electronics Systems Innovation Network) to further its development of secure automotive systems with embedded monitoring capabilities. Such technology helps developers to verify that their products function securely and safely in the lab, and can also be used in-life, providing ongoing monitoring while the production system is in use.

UltraSoC’s embedded analytics technology is already being used in automotive applications by traditional SoC companies, a major vehicle manufacturer and a tier one supplier of electronics to the automotive industry.

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UltraSoC joins GSA IoT Security Working Group

UltraSoC announced on 17th  June 2019 that it has been selected as a member of the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) Internet of Things (IoT) Security Working Group. The group has recently identified automotive security as a key area for focus – an area where UltraSoC will draw on its experience in embedded analytics for cybersecurity and functional safety applications.

“Being able to guarantee security at the heart of our technology is fundamental to the work of this group,” said Marc Canel, Chair of the GSA Security Working Group. “We’re therefore delighted that UltraSoC has joined the Group and look forward to benefiting from the company’s ‘embedded insights’ to educate and inform our essential work in this area.”

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UltraSoC “any processor” lockstep solution for safety-critical systems

UltraSoC recently launched the UltraSoC Lockstep Monitor, which is a hardware-based, scalable solution that significantly helps functional safety by checking that the cores at the heart of a critical system are operating reliably, safely and securely. UltraSoC’s flexible IP supports all common lockstep / redundancy architectures, including full dual-redundant lockstep, split/lock, master/checker, and voting with any number of cores or subsystems.

The UltraSoC Lockstep Monitor can support any processor architecture or other subsystem, including custom logic or accelerators. Lockstep operation is needed for safety standards such as ISO26262 for automotive, IEC 61508, EN50126/8/9 and CE 402/2013.

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UltraSoC and ResilTech partner to further functional safety in automotive systems

UltraSoC and ResilTech announced a collaboration in October 2018 that brings together their expertise and technologies to further the functional safety compliance of automotive systems, focusing particularly on the ISO26262 standard. UltraSoC’s embedded analytics technology provides a powerful platform for developers who need to verify and validate the security and functional safety of their products, and to incorporate hardware-supported safety and security features such as anomaly detection and prevention of malicious intrusion.

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Rosaria Esposito, CEO, ResilTech, added: “UltraSoC has a thorough understanding of the importance of functional safety and the complexities of compliance to standards such as ISO26262. Its embedded analytics infrastructure offers invaluable insights into the workings and interaction of the various elements of a safety-critical system. We look forward to working closely with the team at UltraSoC to bring our combined experience and tools to further industry understanding, and to support automotive system developers.”

Security matters: hardware-based analytics and ISO21434

Our new white paper covers the changing face of engineering for safety and security and the emerging ISO21434 cybersecurity standard. We examine the development process – including risk assessment, threat analysis, and security planning – and also look at hardware-based monitoring systems that provide an additional root of trust, and react in microseconds rather than milliseconds.

Visit our downloads area to download a copy.

 

Link to ISO26262 white paper

Our customers use UltraSoC IP in a variety of applications:

  • System-wide run/control of a video processor
  • Multi-core safety-critical system, including deadlock detection and lock-step monitoring
  • Debug, optimization and in-life monitoring LIDAR
  • Control system for electric motors, battery and energy management systems

ISO26262 compliance: and more

The UltraSoC embedded analytics infrastructure is independent of the main system and non-intrusive, and so can be deployed as a Safety Element out of Context (SEooC) in ISO26262 terms. It provides information and analysis that allow designers to more easily satisfy the functional safety, risk assessment, testing, reporting and traceability requirements of standards such as ISO26262, IEC 61508, EN50126/8/9 and CE 402/2013. In the same way, we also facilitate the move to security standards such as SAE J3061.

Edition 2 of ISO26262 includes more detail on requirements for semiconductors, in the form of a new “Part 11”, including ISO/PAS19451. With the move towards ever more safety-critical functions, such as automated driver assistance systems (ADAS), these requirements are becoming ever more important.

The UltraSoC architecture includes features specifically optimized for safety and security, including:

  • Lockstep monitor, allowing consistency checking between redundant modules. The monitor is CPU-independent, requiring no native support, and can be extended to other error tests and voting systems.
  • Bare Metal Security, providing a hardware-based level of security “below the operating system”. BMS is extremely difficult for an attacker to detect or subvert, and supports the requirements of SAE 3601 cybersecurity for automotive.

For more details, download our product brief

Click here to download the UltraSoC embedded analytics for automotive brochure

 

Click here to watch UltraSoC Chief Strategy Officer Aileen Smith interview with Design and Reuse on ‘Embedded Analytics and Automotive Security’ at the D&R IP SoC Days 2018 event in Santa Clara.

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