Functional Safety Imperative in Automotive Designs
Driver safety technologies, traffic congestion, environmental concern, and the fundamental premise of how we use our cars are all influencing the next generation of vehicles. The number of processors has progressively risen and there is now an average of 40-50 processors per car with high-end models containing around 120 processors. These chips will improve powertrain emissions, enhance safety and provide connectivity to other cars and road infrastructure using cellular networks. However, these sophisticated systems require a fool-proof way to keep drivers safe, which is called Functional Safety. Addressing the needs of functional safety is essential for success in the automotive industry, however, it presents challenges to even the most experienced of semiconductor vendors.