IAR, Nuclei, and MachineWare RISC-V ASIL collaboration

8th April 2024
Harry Fowle

IAR has joined forces with Nuclei and MachineWare to accelerate innovation in RISC-V ASIL-compliant automotive solutions.

This collaboration streamlines firmware and MCAL development, offering seamless integration between virtual and physical hardware platforms. Through this collaborative effort designers can start their software development sooner and easily scale their testing environments.

The collaborative effort between Nuclei, IAR, and MachineWare enables seamless transition between virtual and physical SoCs, facilitating early software development and bug detection. This streamlined approach accelerates time-to-market, particularly in automotive system solution development and Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) testing scenarios.

Nuclei System Technology is a RISC-V CPU IP vendor with a strong focus on automotive applications. Their comprehensive portfolio and ASIL-B to ASIL-D certified RISC-V CPUs, coupled with functional safety packages, cater to various automotive markets, facilitating chip design companies' certification processes.

MachineWare specialises in virtual prototypes, offering the SIM-V platform for high-speed RISC-V simulation. This technology facilitates comprehensive emulation of entire systems, enabling software analysis, verification, and development before physical prototypes are available, thus reducing development time and costs.

Anders Holmberg, CTO at IAR, views the collaboration between the three companies as significant in the automotive industry: "This partnership brings together our strengths to advance RISC-V SoCs in vehicles. Our certified solutions simplify supply chain processes, supporting safety and security compliance. This opens opportunities for innovation and distinction in the market.”

“Nuclei‘s ISO 26262 certified RISC-V CPU IPs offer solid, unprecedented flexibility and efficiency in silicon development to meet the requirements of Automotive from ASIL-B to ASIL-D,” said Dr. Jianying Peng, CEO of Nuclei, “Together with IAR and MachineWare, we empower customers in the automotive industry to accelerate their development efforts, ensuring the successful achievement of functional safety and cybersecurity protection.”

“Our ultra-fast RISC-V simulator SIM-V empowers engineers to simulate complex hardware/software systems long before physical prototypes are even available. This speeds up the development process and reduces expensive bugs,” said Lukas Jünger, co-founder of MachineWare. “We are proud to collaborate with IAR and Nuclei to offer our customers the tools they need for developing SoCs for the automotive industry.”

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