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Siemens buys expert for Functional Safety IP

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

Austemper is active in the fields of analysis, autocorrection and simulation. The company’s technology enables customers to test and validate the functional safety of IC designs – an essential requirement for numerous applications in the automotive, aerospace and other industrial sectors, where functional safety and maximum reliability are essential to meet the strict requirements of safety standards such as ISO 26262.

The reliability of integrated circuits used in these applications must be verified in three different ways: Detection of systemic errors, malicious errors and random hardware errors. The Questa software from Siemens company Mentor is considered a leading technology for the verification of system errors and also offers verification solutions for malicious errors that impair IC security. Austemper’s software technology complements Mentor’s verification platform with technologies for security analysis, autocorrection and fault simulation to detect random hardware faults. It thus complements the existing spectrum of mentor software tools in the area of functional safety.

Design teams of leading semiconductor and IP companies use Austemper’s technology to analyze the register transfer level (RTL) code versions of their designs to reliably detect errors and vulnerabilities. The technology is able to automatically correct and secure vulnerable areas. The subsequent error simulation ensures that the design has reached the required degree of maturity and is no longer prone to errors.

As part of its digitization strategy, Siemens will integrate Austemper’s technology into Mentor’s IC verification portfolio. Typical users are developers of digital twins of safety-critical systems, such as autonomous vehicles, smart cities and industrial equipment for factory 4.0.

The exact terms of the transaction were not disclosed to the public. Siemens expects to complete the deal in July 2018.

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