Test & Measurement

Test platform tools achieve ISO 26262 certification

31st October 2017
Alice Matthews

It has been announced that Synopsys' test platform tools for high-quality manufacturing test are completely certified for the ISO 26262 automotive functional safety standard. To achieve this, SGS-TÜV Saar, an independent accredited assessor, recently certified the tool qualification reports for the DFTMAX, DFTMAX Ultra, and DFTMAX LogicBIST solutions. These certifications are in addition to previously certified Synopsys test products that include TetraMAX II ATPG solution, DesignWare STAR Memory System and STAR Hierarchical System.

Certification provides designers the highest level of confidence in the use of Synopsys' test solution for safety-critical automotive applications and accelerates functional safety qualification for automotive ICs, up to the stringent requirements for ASIL D.

Automakers are increasingly deploying complex electronic safety systems, or advanced driver-assistance systems, to monitor and control in-vehicle safety-critical functions. Since failures in these systems may lead to unacceptable consequences, automakers work with their suppliers to increase IC quality and reliability and to ensure the methods and tools used during design and maintenance processes are compliant with safety standards. The ISO 26262 standard outlines requirements that must be taken into consideration while developing a functionally safe automotive IC, including qualification requirements for design tools. SGS-TÜV Saar has certified Synopsys' test platform tools, tool qualification reports, and IP for ASIL D, the highest level of functional safety requirements prescribed by the ISO 26262 standard.

"Reducing risk is critical to ensure functional safety for automotive electronic systems, such as advanced driver-assistance systems," said Gudrun Neumann, Head of functional safety software at SGS Group, SGS-TÜV Saar. "For safety-critical automotive applications, designer confidence in tools and IP rises when they satisfy the qualification requirements of the ISO 26262 automotive functional safety standard. We issued certificates to Synopsys test platform tools and tool qualification reports based on a successful evaluation against the requirements of ISO 26262."

"Achieving functional safety is a growing challenge for automotive IC suppliers," said Bijan Kiani, Vice President of marketing in Synopsys' Design Group. "We are committed to reducing the time and effort for our customers to meet this challenge. ISO 26262 certification of our test platform further reinforces our commitment to enable designers to efficiently meet their automotive IC's functional safety requirements related to manufacturing test quality and in-system test."

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