Functional Safety Compliance

Compliance to Functional Safety standards, along with security, is becoming a requirement for many applications: Automotive, Aerospace, Medical, IoT, etc; Very complex  (ISO 26262 for example) and interdependent standards are in place and continuously evolving to assure the highest safety of the systems, and propagate the safety requirements across the entire supply chain, down to the components, the processes, the technologies or the tools used to design and validate the various items constituting a system.

Encore Semi can provide solutions to support all aspects of the functional Safety compliance management, with an emphasis on Integrated Circuit and associated low-level software architecture and design.

Our services and solutions include:

  •  26262 Compliance assessment and pre-certification
  • Ecosystem safety compliance policy development and deployment
  • Safety robustness optimization (from component to software & system level)
  • IP and SoC Design for Safety
  • Development of specific safety mechanisms to assure safety requirements are met

ISO 26262 compliance assessment

From components to complex SoC/ASICs or firmware, middleware or application software, Encore Semi’s functional safety expert can perform various levels of ISO 26262 compliance assessments. In context or out of context approaches can be used depending upon the needs of the customers and the knowledge of the safety requirements to align to.

Our engineers are either training and guiding our customer’s team to perform the assessment, or performing the assessment themselves, gathering the proper information and interacting with the various experts from the customer teams.

Encore Semi’s team is well versed in assessing how the products can meet the safety requirements, and what is the best strategy to comply while minimizing effort and cost.

Ecosystem management – IP development safety policy

Encore Semi has internally developed a complete Functional Safety Policy Framework. This sophisticated modular documentation framework allows for an efficient development of custom Safety Policy to provide guidelines and requirements to our customers’ ecosystem. A custom safety policy assures the alignment of the entire ecosystem, minimizing risks and efforts for the SoC and system integrators.

This proprietary framework is referencing all the required parts of the ISO 26262 standard, as well as the other relevant standards or industry references such as IEC 61508, Autosar, SPICE, MISRA, AECQ-100, ISO9001, or ISO/TS 16949.

The Functional Safety experts from Encore Semi and rapidly adapt the framework to include customization and insert customer-specific legacy policies and references.

Delivery of such customized IP safety policy allows for the entire ecosystem to align and provide coherent and consistent deliveries along with their IP, making the life of the integrators easier and less risky when it comes to ISO26262 compliance.

Whether the ecosystem includes soft or hard IP, software or tools, the Functional Safety Policies is very useful. It saves a significant amount of money, time and risks.

Encore Semi can also been leveraged to deploy the policy across the ecosystem, train the IP providers and partners to understand, use and align to the policy, and contribute to the reception of the deliverables, verifying the compliance to the policy.

Increase safety robustness: ASIL A/B/C/D readiness strategy

Safety requirements are coming from system-level use-cases. At the component or sub-system level, there are various possible strategies to meet the safety constraints. The Encore Semi Functional Safety team is mastering the art of “decomposition”, crafting the best possible strategy to meet the ASIL system-level requirements.

While not easy, making a component or sub-system ready for a targeted ASIL target is possible. However, minimizing the cost of such a safety robustness requires high expertise, deep knowledge and hands-on understanding of the ISO 26262 standard.

Encore Semi’s experts are helping customers assess the safety robustness of their products within specific targeted system context. They also identify ways to improve or optimize how their products can leverage the other system components to achieve the targeted ASIL capability with the lowest effort or the highest differentiation.

Development of safety mechanisms to match safety requirements

Combining the deep knowledge and hands-on expertise of the ISO 26262 standard, with advanced circuit design, DFT (Design for Test) or advanced functional verification techniques, Encore Semi has a unique ability to turn the safety compliance effort into a market differentiator and source of Intellectual Property (IP).

Customers can rely on Encore Semi to collaborate with the design and development teams to identify, define, design and implement specific safety mechanism solutions to perform either diagnostic or prognostic functions, implementation of fail-safe, fail-operational and fail-degraded modes, report, analyze, correct and prevent non-compliance to safety goals.

From architecture readiness, to specific development and integration of specific circuitry, possibly combined with safety-centric software modules, Encore Semi covers all the techniques and uses its safety expertise to bring innovation that customer products can benefit from.