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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.

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Video: UltraSoC Automotive Safety and Security

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Press Releases

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.”

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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