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    Andes Employs Ansys medini to Expedite Development of Automotive-Grade IP

    Andes Technology Corporation: Revolutionizing Automotive Functional Safety with Ansys medini

    Hsinchu, Taiwan, Nov. 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In the highly regulated automotive industry, Functional Safety is of utmost importance. For semiconductor companies involved in automotive chips and Silicon Intellectual Property (SIP), obtaining ISO 26262 certification is a fundamental requirement to penetrate the automotive applications market. Andes Technology Corporation is taking proactive steps to enhance the efficiency of product functional safety verification activities by developing a portfolio of automotive-grade IP products. To streamline ISO 26262 verification and integrate verification information seamlessly, Andes has chosen to introduce Ansys medini for automating and modularizing the safety analysis process.

    Andes Technology’s Achievements in the Automotive Market

    Andes Technology has made significant strides in the field of RISC-V CPU IP for the automotive market. In 2020, Andes became the world’s first RISC-V supplier to receive ISO-26262 ASIL-D standard certification for its development process. Following this achievement, in 2022, Andes became the first RISC-V supplier worldwide to have its IP fully certified to ISO-26262 ASIL-B standard, which has been adopted in over ten customer projects.

    Expanding Automotive IP Product Range

    Andes Technology is addressing the demands of the automotive market by planning a comprehensive range of automotive IP products. These solutions cover RISC-V IP options with different functional safety levels, including ASIL-B and ASIL-D, along with varying processor performance levels and feature sets. In 2023, Andes is set to introduce an 8-stage pipeline dual-issue processor meeting the ASIL-D standard. This milestone highlights their ability to deliver customized solutions for diverse automotive applications, showcasing their expertise in the automotive RISC-V IP market. The decision to adopt Ansys medini is a crucial step in this direction.

    Overcoming Challenges in ISO 26262 Certification

    Eric Huang, Associate Vice President of Quality and Safety Management at Andes Technology, emphasized the critical role that ISO 26262 certification plays in determining market entry and evaluating technical strength for automotive supply chain players. He highlighted the two main challenges faced by IP suppliers in achieving these certifications. The first challenge lies in effectively implementing the complex and rigorous ISO 26262 requirements, while the second challenge involves competitively developing and implementing safety features. To expedite design verification, it becomes essential to enhance safety analysis efficiency as more products are developed for the automotive market.

    Streamlining the Design Verification Process with Ansys medini

    Dr. Alex Chen, Director of VLSI at Andes Technology, pointed out that the design verification process often involves the use of various analysis tools such as FMEDA and FTA. However, managing the documents generated by these tools in different formats and scattered locations can be highly cumbersome. Ensuring data consistency and accuracy becomes a constant challenge, especially when updates are required. To address these bottlenecks, Andes recognizes the value of an automated tool that links documents generated by different analysis tools while consistently updating them to the latest versions. Ansys medini offers an integrated environment that not only includes the analysis tools required by ISO 26262 but also automates data transfer. This integration not only reduces the burden of document verification but also enhances the accuracy of related data. By leveraging Ansys medini, Andes IP solutions can achieve ISO 26262 certification more efficiently.

    The Importance of Automation in Functional Safety Analysis

    Roger Lee, Ansys Taiwan Country Manager, emphasized the increasing need for automation tools that expedite functional safety analysis and verification processes across the automotive industry. Currently, several standalone tools in the market fulfill specific requirements of individual ISO 26262 verification items. However, Ansys medini stands out as the only tool capable of achieving comprehensive data generation, consolidation, and maintenance automation, along with data integration and interfacing. This unique advantage, coupled with the benefits of data reuse, has gained widespread recognition and adoption throughout the automotive industry’s supply chain. The adoption of Ansys medini is expected to significantly enhance Andes Technology’s competitiveness in the automotive-grade IP market.

    About Andes Technology

    Andes Technology is a prominent supplier of high-performance/low-power 32/64-bit embedded processor IP solutions. With eighteen years of experience and a Founding Premier member of RISC-V International, Andes Technology offers a wide range of V5 RISC-V CPU families, spanning from tiny 32-bit cores to advanced 64-bit Out-of-Order processors equipped with DSP, FPU, Vector, Linux, superscalar, and multi/many-core capabilities. As of the end of 2022, Andes-Embedded™ SoCs have collectively exceeded 12 billion in volume. For more information, please visit their website at https://www.andestech.com. Stay updated on Andes Technology’s activities by following them on LinkedIn, Twitter, Bilibili, and YouTube!

    For media inquiries, please contact:
    Hsiao-Ling Lin
    Marcom Manager, Andes Technology Corp.
    hllin@andestech.com

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