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Driving Automotive at DAC 2017

By Expert Insights

Automotive system design is coming in at full speed to the 54th Design Automation Conference. The automotive conference sessions provide a forum for engineers from automotive, embedded systems, security and EDA, to connect, engage, and exchange information.

You’ll also find the latest in cutting edge automotive design each day in the Mentor booth (947) and Verification Academy booth (429) from June 19-21. Our experts will cover a wide array of automotive system design topics including ISO 26262, IC design, verification, security, and test. Mentor’s advanced systems engineering expertise, tools, and platforms enable teams to add innovative technology to vehicle designs earlier and with more confidence.

Take a look at our planned booth technical sessions below and register for your favorites. Seats fill fast, so reserve your spot today!



ISO 26262:

How Pre-Qualified Tools Simplify ISO 26262 Compliance
This session will discuss how pre-qualified software development tools and embedded software are making it easier to meet ISO 26262 requirements and streamline the overall E/E system design flow – critical given that electronics are trending toward 50% of total vehicle cost. The session will also give an overview of Mentor Safe, which includes not only a growing portfolio of third-party certified tools but also an array of ISO 26262 documentation and support.


Test Solutions for the Automotive Market
The amount of electronic content in passenger cars continues to grow rapidly, driven mainly by the integration of various advanced safety features. The Mentor Tessent product family offers a comprehensive set of test solutions to address the quality and reliability metrics mandated by the ISO 26262 standard. Central to these solutions is the new Tessent MissionMode architecture which provides system-level low latency access to all on-chip test resources for on-line test and diagnosis.


Avoiding the Potholes of ISO 26262 with Mentor’s Enterprise Verification Platform
Everybody wants in on the fast growing automotive market from traditional tier 1 automotive suppliers to non-traditional fabless semiconductor companies. This session will explore how Mentor’s Enterprise Verification Platform and extensive safety critical industry knowledge can help you address these unforeseen needs of an ISO 26262 development flow so that you can effectively break into this market.


Impact of ISO 26262 on the Fabless Ecosystem
ISO 26262 has a far-reaching impact on the fabless ecosystem, including EDA tools, software, and IP. Come listen to leaders in the industry who have pioneered the way forward for ISO 26262 in the fabless ecosystem as they discuss the challenges they have faced, what they have accomplished, and what they think still needs to be done in the industry.


How Formal Reduces Fault Analysis for ISO 26262
The ISO 26262 standard defines straightforward metrics for evaluating the safeness of a design by defining safety goals, safety mechanisms, and fault metrics. However, determining those metrics is difficult because evaluating every possible fault is impractical on the size of today’s designs. Formal tools provide unique capabilities that are essential for any automotive functional safety flow.


Enabling ISO 26262 Compliance with Calibre
The automotive industry is looking for their electronic ecosystem to support new traceability standards embodied in the ISO 26262 standard. Join us for an overview of how the Calibre products support customer 26262 certification efforts. We’ll also discuss Calibre reliability solutions beyond ISO 26262 traceability.



Emerging Trends in AMS Verification Methodology for Automotive & IoT Devices
Automotive and IoT applications require complex analog/mixed-signal (AMS) devices with an ever-increasing analog content coupled to traditional digital applications. These devices pose challenges and additional requirements on existing AMS verification tools and methodology. This talk would provide an overview of these added complexities on AMS verification and how to successful tackle these verification challenges in predictable and efficient ways.


STMicroelectronics: Low-Power Design using High-Level Synthesis for Automotive Image Sensor
STMicroelectronics details how C++ templates and Catapult tools are used to design the ISP building blocks, enabling maximum flexibility and significantly accelerating the development of the products. They also present the associated verification flow, based on a generic UVM environment, that takes benefit from HLS and ensures a high design quality. Finally, they show how this fast design method is compliant with the ISO 26262 automotive standard.


TowerJazz Automotive Reliability with RESCAR Checks and Calibre PERC Reliability Analysis
With the continued transition from mechanical to electronics solutions each new model year, the need for ensuring reliable semiconductors in automotive solutions is becoming imperative. RESCAR is a cooperative initiative between the German government and private industry to develop new approaches to the design of robust semiconductor components. Learn about the RESCAR concept and why RESCAR selected the Calibre PERC platform for reliability analysis. TowerJazz will present their initial reliability design kit in support of RESCAR requirements.


Selective-hardening: Low-cost Soft-error Solution for Automotive
Transient random faults (“soft errors”) are becoming a major challenge for safety-critical designs like Automotive IC’s. Using redundancy or lock-step requires 2x and 3x duplications of IPs, impacting cost, power and area. Other alternatives are complex to implement. We present an automated selective hardening methodology that exceeds the required ISO-26262 safety-levels, is easy to implement, and minimizes cost, power and area penalties


Implementation of Advanced Automotive ICs Using Mentor’s Digital Implementation Platform
Many challenges are experienced while designing Automotive ICs including reliability power and area. This paper will detail the digital implementation development and tapeout of an automotive chip at OnSemi using Mentor RTL2GDS implementation tools Oasys-RTL & Nitro-SoC. The session will cover the various stages of the design flow including RTL synthesis, floorplanning, placement, CTS, optimization and routing. Specific design challenges will be reviewed along with Mentor technologies that were used to address them Final QoR results including timing will be presented.


Veloce Brings Unique Solutions to the Automotive Market
Major trends such as ADAS/Autonomous driving, Connectivity and Advanced security are on the verge of revolutionizing the way automobiles are used. These trends bring significant implications for the design and verification of increasingly complex electronic systems. Join us for this session as we explore how the Veloce Emulation platform is positioned to deliver optimal verification solutions for the automotive market.

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