System Services

Functional Safety

Encore Semi’s vision is to deliver the most cost-effective solutions for IPs, SoCs and Systems, compliant to Functional Safety (FuSa) requirements. We have a core team with world class engineers providing expertise of FuSa, which is recognized throughout our industry.

Our strategy is to combine our core expertise in SoC design, IP design, Software development and Systems knowledge, with our functional safety and ISO 26262 leadership, to help our customers to develop compliant & certification-ready semiconductor and platform solutions.

Encore Semi’s experts are highly knowledgeable about the safety-related standards, but most importantly about how to apply the standardized methods in the context of SoC, IP or system development. Our team has the expertise to guide our customers to help them develop Fault-Robust Designs, compliant with targeted SIL/ASIL requirements.

Safety Compliance assessment – Encore Semi FuSa team can support various compliance assessments for ISO 26262 and other safety-related standards. Most importantly, it is used to educate the various teams and stakeholders contributing to the design and implementation of a product. Our FuSa team has extensive expertise to support the complete assortment of safety analysis tasks:

  • Safety Architecture & design analysis
  • Safety Case Compliance support
  • Requirements Management for FuSa compliance

Safety ecosystem policy deployment – Encore Semi has invested in a homegrown Safety Policy Framework. This set of configurable documents is allowing our teams of FuSa experts to rapidly deliver a Custom IP Developer Safety Policy that our customers can deploy across its eco-system and supply chain. This is a critical part of the overall safety strategy as it massively reduces the amount of effort from the integrators, as the IP provider is guided to align and prepare all documents and assessments required to minimize the work of the integrator. Our customers and their eco-system can count on Encore semi to also provide all the training support necessary to cost-effectively execute the various safety-related obligations.

Safe System Architecture Design  – Using SysML or more generally a Model-Based Design for System Architecture Development & Review (HSI Interface Safety Analysis, Failure Vulnerability Analysis); Mapping the SW/HW Safety Requirements to the architecture; optimizing the SW/HW partitioning for best Safety Design. Combines HW and SW features achieves fault tolerance by allowing the product to continue to function safely despite the existence of faults, even if product performance may be diminished or otherwise altered, through fault detection and reaction/correction/avoidance techniques and designs.

Hardware Design For Safety (DFS) – Design and implementation of Diagnostic and Safety Mechanisms to enable the compliance to safety requirements; Tools based Safety Critical Analysis, using Medini Analyze or equivalent; Hardware Reliability FITS estimates; Tool-based FMEDA, FTA qualitative, quantitative analysis, Safety mechanism efficiencies and effectiveness can be developed for both IP and SoCs.

Enterprise Storage

Encore Semi has a specialized team is dedicated to the development, implementation and testing/validation of complete enterprise storage solutions. A complete stack development experience, including security modules and specific test capability are available for customers to leverage.

The average tenure of the team members is over 25 years, with extensive exposure and contribution to enterprise and consumer HDD/SSD Developments, spanning all markets/spec Points, including:

  • Enterprise SAS
  • Enterprise PCIe/NVMe
  • Client SATA
  • Client NVMe
  • Direct Attach NVMe/PCIe
  • Other Embedded Solutions

The experience of Encore Semi’s team includes contribution to many firmware implementations for storage solutions:

  • Architecture level contributions tied to hardware (silicon and system)
  • Leading Industry ATA Expertise (ATA Specs, ATADEMO, AHCDEMO, NVMETEST, etc.)
  • HDD Indirection Systems (SMR)
  • Common Code Base Strategies and Implementations
  • TCG/FIPS Security Implementations
  • Multiple FTL Developments – garbage collection, wear leveling, EPO
  • Advanced performance, caching and data path management
  • Open Channel SSD/Light NVM
  • Exposure to a variety of SSD Controllers (Microsemi (PMCS), Marvell, IDT, SandForce, Silicon Motion, STEC, Phison, CNEX Labs)
  • SLC, MLC, TLC NAND from all major NAND vendors + some next gen memories

The team can support full SDLC management, familiar with many of the latest project management tools and techniques, with many years’ experience in Agile Development methods.