Functional Safety Solution For The AI Era

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With the assurance of IEC 61508 functional-safety certification up to Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL 3), Xilinx’s high-performance multiprocessor chips can be used in future generations of automotive, aerospace and AI systems.

Xilinx announced that its Zynq Ultrascale family of multiprocessor SoCs are certified by the Exida Functional Safety Certification Authority to SIL 3 HFT1 of the IEC 61508 specification. Product developers can, therefore, use this highly integrated MPSoC family to build new high-performing systems including artificial intelligence (AI) for safety-critical applications.

“This certification makes the UltraScale+ MPSoC as an ideal architecture to support industrial IoT or Industrie 4.0 platforms and future generations of automotive, aviation, and AI-based systems,” the company noted.

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Emphasizing that AI-based systems need to be safe systems, Xilinx’s Yousef Khalilollahi, vice president, core vertical markets, asserted, “Today’s announcement underscores our leadership in this new category of devices, further raising performance and extending design flexibility.”

Functional Safety comes to AI-class Devices

Xilinx said that the independent assessment of the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC family is a significant milestone in the company’s functional safety offerings. The achievement built upon the industry’s first commercial ARM-based SoC, the Zynq-7000, enables the company to demonstrate compliance to functional safety requirements for on-chip redundancy (HFT=1).

Both device families implement isolated function domains on a single die with hardware protection mechanisms, creating the required hardware fault tolerance consistent with on-chip redundancy (HFT=1).

In addition, developers can take advantage of the embedded FPGA fabric to accelerate performance beyond conventional software-based systems and thus achieve the fast response times and low latency typically required for safety-critical systems. Xilinx has also introduced safety-enhanced automotive-qualified XA Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoCs, certified to ISO 26262 ASIL C.

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“Combined with the recent IEC 61508 safety certification of the supporting Vivado Design Suite by TÜV Süd and the MicroBlaze compiler for additional soft processors by SGS-TÜV Saar, Xilinx now provides a complete ecosystem based on robust design flows that includes supporting documentation, assessment reports, and IP to minimize risks for customers,” according to the announcement.

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