The amount of electronic content in passenger cars continues to grow rapidly, driven mainly by the integration of various advanced driving and safety features. The industry’s move towards fully autonomous vehicles promises to even further increase the number of these advanced features and thus electronic content. What’s more, these components are becoming increasingly complex. The frontier for sophisticated semiconductors is found in the chips needed to execute artificial intelligence algorithms that govern emerging self-driving capabilities.
It is critical that these safety-related devices adhere to the highest possible quality and reliability requirements. These requirements are formalized in the ISO 26262 standard that covers all aspects of safety and quality for both the hardware and software, from design through testing and in-field operation.