Addressing the automotive security
and safety challenge
Embedded analytics provides a powerful platform for developers who need to ensure the security and functional safety of automotive products. UltraSoC’s semiconductor IP can improve verification and validation during 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 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 ISO 26262, 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.
Semiconductors increase in importance
Edition 2 of ISO26262 will include 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.
Features refined for automotive
The UltraSoC architecture includes features specifically optimized for safety and security, including:
- Lock-step 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 UltraSoC automotive solutions product brief