Design tools for safety-relevant receive ISO26262 certification

March 21, 2018 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Design tools for safety-relevant receive ISO26262 certification
EDA software vendor Synopsys has introduced the ISO 26262 functional safety assessment and certification for all the tools in the Synopsys Design Platform that support the company’s Fusion Technology. The certification allows automotive semiconductor component and system designers to meet the stringent safety-related requirements for today’s (and tomorrow’s) semiconductor-intensive vehicles.

The ISO 26262 assessments have been performed by exida, an ANSI-accredited certification body for functional safety in automotive and other industries. ISO 26262 certification allows Synopsys tools and flows to be deployed in the development of automotive designs with safety requirements from ASIL A through ASIL D. These flows are the first to conform to the most stringent requirements of both the ISO 26262:2011 standard and the draft release of the upcoming ISO 26262:2018 second edition.

These design flow certifications complement the full portfolio of tools that have already been independently ISO 26262-certified. Covering 40 tools spanning custom, analog/mixed-signal (AMS), digital implementation, signoff, and library development products, this unprecedented level of certification delivers the industry's most comprehensive and broadest portfolio of ISO 26262 certified EDA design tools.

The ISO 26262 standard outlines requirements that must be considered during the development of safety-related automotive systems and components, including mandatory software tool evaluation and potential qualification for design tools. As a result of this activity, Synopsys provides downloadable kits, which include the industry's most thorough Functional Safety Manual for each product that prescribes conditions and assumptions of use for specific tool use cases and potential software tool malfunctions, facilitating the end-user's tool deployment and qualification process.

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