RISC-V IP provider sees ISO 26262 ASIL-D certification at SGS-TÜV Saar

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By Nick Flaherty

Andes Technology has been certified to be compliant to the requirements of ISO 26262 standards for the development of automotive functional safety processor cores for its RISC-V cores.

The RISC-V cores and development processes were certified by SGS-TÜV Saar to ASIL-D on the standards including all applicable parts 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 of ISO 26262. According to the official records, Andes says it is the first RISC-V processor IP vendor to get process certifications for both Hardware (ISO 26262-5) and Software (ISO 26262-6) in December 2020.

This follows the launch of an ASIL-D RISC-V core by NSI-TEXE in July last year.

“Andes Technology is among the best-in-class companies that SGS-TÜV Saar ever certified for ISO 26262,” said Jack Kuo, Director of Connectivity and Products Division at SGS Taiwan. “The basis of functional safety is built upon the fundamental activities such as specification, design, implementation, integration, verification and validation. Even before ISO 26262 certification, Andes already has a solid quality system for these development processes. On top of that, their experienced safety professionals had put in great efforts to adopt the ISO 26262, which is a key element of the scientific and technological state of the art in vehicle industry. These are the keys why we are able to conclude our independent assessments and certifications smoothly right within the planned schedule, which is quite an extraordinary experience for both of us.”

“Andes Technology has seventeen-year focus on developing a series of robust AndesCore processors running in billions of chips. We have hundreds of licensees, whose applications range from industrial MCU to enterprise storage, 5G stations and datacentre infrastructure.” said Dr. Charlie Su, President and CTO of Andes Technology.

“Instead of selectively picking partial standard clauses and self-claiming readiness, Andes chooses to work together with the industry leader SGS-TÜV Saar to ensure our development process is comprehensively compliant to all the applicable ISO 26262 functional safety standards. This shows our commitment to comply with the stringent and challenging requirements in automobile electrical and electronic supply chain,” he said.

“SGS-TÜV Saar is accredited by the established German accreditation body DAkkS for the certification services it provides. We conducted numerous thorough reviews and found Andes Technology has internalized and followed the requirements for systematic functional safety developments. The governing processes provide adequate checks and balance; it is evident to us they are compliant to ISO 26262 series of standards and meets the criteria for ASIL D.” said Wolfgang Ruf, Functional Safety Product Manager Semiconductors of SGS-TÜV Saar.

Andes Technology’s first functional safety IP is under development and has been licensed by several customers in the early access program to develop automobile grade system-on-chip (SoCs) for various in-vehicle applications. This functional safety enabled solution is expected to be available for general licensing by the end of first quarter this year.;

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