Automotive safety and security concerns addressed at IESF 2022

Siemens recently hosted the Integrated Electrical Solutions Forum (IESF), in Plymouth, Michigan, at the St. John’s Hotel on September 14. 

The promise of autonomous vehicles is driving profound changes in the design and test of automotive semiconductor parts. Automotive ICs, once deployed for simple functions like controlling windows, now perform complex functions related to advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving applications.

The processing power needed results in very large and complex ICs that use cutting-edge processes. Add in the need to meet the ISO 26262 functional safety standard, and makers of automotive devices and systems have a daunting new set of challenges. But functional safety is only half the story; these systems will only be safe if they are also secure from cyber threats like hacking.

Siemens experts discussed automotive IC safety and security in the following IC Design track session:

  • “A case study detailing the delivery of ASIL-B certified embedded hardware security IP” presented by Jacob Wiltgen, IC Verification Solutions Manager, Siemens. Jacob discussed the flow and activities performed to achieve ASIL-B certification for the Rambus RT-640 IP.
  • “Over the Air – More than just an update” presented by Lee Harrison, automotive IC test solutions manager, Siemens. Lee introduced a comprehensive hardware-based cyber security solution that can be used to address the emerging standards and regulations that are in place to make over-the-air transfers (OTA) safe.
  • Lee also presents “Addressing IC security and provisioning of automotive ICs.” This session addressed security needs of the test and monitoring infrastructure using device identify and traceability.
IESF summary agenda. Click for a larger view.

There was also a headline keynote address from Larry Burns, former VP of Research & Development for General Motors and author of “Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car—and How it Will Reshape Our World.” Larry assessed the status of “automobility,” its likely pathway to maturity, and how it fits within the broader “digital age” reshaping our lives. It also highlights how to position for this inevitable transformation.

Mr. Tony Hemmelgarn, President and CEO of Siemens Digital Industries Software, concluded the event by discussing “Driving the future of industry.”

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