SAN JOSE, Calif.— Products in the Cadence® Tensilica® functional safety portfolio, as well as the design processes of Cadence Design Systems, Inc., have achieved certification of ISO 26262 compliance up to ASIL D for the development of automotive applications, the company reported.

The Tensilica products and processors offer a broad range of ISO 26262-compliant processors and DSPs. Today, they are expanding across multiple applications that include vision, AI, radar, lidar, sensor fusion, wireless/wired communication, audio/voice processing, and highly optimized controller applications, the company said in a press release.

Tensilica processors enable design engineers to develop automotive subsystems with the processing capability needed for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) applications and autonomous vehicles, while staying within strict power, cost, and schedule constraints. Tensilica digital signal processors (DSPs) and task-optimized processors are effective for processing the raw data from sensors to extract features, analyzing the results and taking critical actions in real time at lower power and cost points than general-purpose processors, the company said.

“Tensilica processors and software are designed for ISO 26262 ASIL D,” said Lazaar Louis, senior director, product management and marketing for Tensilica IP at Cadence. “Customers use our processors and DSPs in their safety-critical ECUs and autonomous driving platforms. The wave of innovation fueled by AI in vision, radar, and lidar is transforming the autonomous driving experience. The functional safety-certified Cadence Tensilica DSPs and processors are highly optimized to process a wide range of sensor data, perceive the automobile’s surroundings, and make decisions for ADAS and autonomous driving experiences.”

Cadence’s software, hardware, and semiconductor IP are used by customers to deliver products to market faster. The company’s System Design Enablement strategy helps customers develop differentiated products—from chips to boards to systems—in mobile, consumer, cloud datacenter, automotive, aerospace, IoT, industrial, and other market segments.

The Tensilica Functional Safety products comply with ISO 26262 1st Edition and 26262:2018 2nd Edition standards. Cadence works with safety industry leaders, such as SGS-TÜV Saar and TÜV SÜD, to ensure and certify compliance up to ISO 26262 ASIL D. TÜV SÜD has certified ASIL D compliance for Tensilica development tool software and libraries, and SGS-TÜV Saar has certified ASIL D compliance for the Tensilica IP design process.

System designers can optimize an ISO 26262-compliant processor/DSP for tasks spanning AI, vision, radar, audio, and specialized control, including adding their own processor architectural ideas. Programmers can develop optimized ISO 26262-compliant software using the matching optimized C/C++ development tool suite and runtime libraries to create highly efficient ASIL D systems, according to Cadence.

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