GOWIN awarded ISO 26262 functional safety compliance for FPGA design environment

GOWIN awarded ISO 26262 functional safety compliance for FPGA design environment

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

GOWIN Semiconductor Corporation has announced that its GOWIN EDA FPGA design environment has been certified compliant with the ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 functional safety standards by the TUV testing laboratory.

Certification of the FPGA design tool provides strong assurance to automotive OEMs that module designs featuring a GOWIN Arora-V (mid-density), Arora-II (low-/mid-density) or LittleBee (low-density) FPGA can meet the requirements for system-level functional safety specified in the ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 standards.

The award of functional safety certification is expected to spark a new wave of interest in these FPGAs, which are available in versions qualified to AEC-Q100 Grade 2, with qualification to AEC-Q100 Grade 1 pending. Existing quality and reliability certificates applicable to the GOWIN product range include IATF16949, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO/IEC 17025.

Thanks to a superior feature set — including a wider range of high-speed video, display and graphics interfaces than other FPGAs in the same segment of the market — and a strong reliability record for devices fabricated on TSMC’s 22nm LP process, GOWIN FPGAs are already used in vehicles for applications such as:

  • Video bridging and local display dimming in infotainment systems
  • Image signal processing of camera outputs in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS)
    USB audio interfacing
  • Display monitoring and safety back-up in the instrument cluster

GOWIN’s CEO Jason Zhu said: ‘GOWIN is attracting growing interest in the automotive industry because of its innovations in FPGA design in the low- and mid-density segments. Notably, we uniquely provide hardcore MIPI interfaces in FPGAs alongside DDR3 memory and high-speed LVDS and PCIe interfaces.

‘With the award of functional safety certification for our popular GOWIN EDA development environment, we are confident in our ability to make further inroads into the automotive markets in Europe, North America and Asia.’

The GOWIN EDA FPGA design environment includes an FPGA design tool, IP cores and reference designs. The FPGA design tool supports the SystemVerilog, Verilog and VHDL programming languages. There are no licensing restrictions on the use of GOWIN EDA, and it can be downloaded free from its website.

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