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Engineers face a challenge when presenting the product concept they are building to stakeholders (managers, clients, investors, or board members) who need to understand and approve how it works. Explaining functional aspects of the conceptualized design using simulations, debuggers, or even CAD models often ends up with “can you prove it?” questions at a product concept stage.   Is quite common that engineers struggle with adoption of their proposed ideas as stakeholders want e ...
Stringent high-performance requirements for reliable products are rising design complexity both in hardware and software; because of this, embedded systems are becoming a key differentiating factor for (technological and commercial) success. This demanding need to create robust and complex systems with huge quality, safety and security, in less time and cheaper, is pushing engineers to turn into Model-Based Design (MBD) —a mathematical and visual approach for developing complex control sys ...
The automotive industry is in the middle of a massive transformation due to evolving business models and mobility preferences, but also because of technological developments. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Over the Air (OTA) algorithms, Machine Learning, Electrification of Vehicles and infrastructure, advancement in sensors and semiconductors, Self-Driving Vehicles, and more are not only disrupting the traditional automotive ecosystem but making it obsolete.   Adopting innovations in th ...
The Automotive industry is evolving on how vehicles are being conceptualized, designed, built, used, and sold. Because of this, most automotive OEMs are challenging their engineers to use advanced technologies (such as robust embedded computation, innovative Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, or full connectivity to the Internet of Things) to address how people will use their vehicles; also driver safety, energy and environmental, and traffic congestion concerns.   Those technol ...
Functional Safety offers the required risk-reduction to assure safety in the presence of systematic or random faults. Systematic failures happen due to a design flaw and are present in all implementations. Engineers take care of these using Quality Management Systems (QMS) to trace the design and development methodologies, the manufacturing process, the operational procedures, the documentation, and other relevant factors used on the overall system. Random failures are transient faults or soft ...
Functional Safety is moving away from being an industry requirement to become normality within products; more of those solutions are incorporating complex embedded hardware and software that relies on a specific execution of commands and safety-related functions. Functional Safety systems are helping to mitigate the risk of damage or physical injury to the health of people caused by first- and second-hand hazards; Functional Safety systems detect those hazardous conditions and provide danger red ...
Electric and Electronic (E/E) Systems and Functional Safety have been present in different markets like defense, aerospace, and medical for some time now. However, the growing relevance of Functional Safety within the automotive market is pushing the semiconductor industry nowadays to drive innovations faster —at almost the same pace of consumer electronics.   Engineers are being required to trade off between cost and safety while developing E/E systems: making design-constrained comp ...
Model-Based Design (MBD) is a mathematical and visual model-centric approach for designing and developing control, signal processing, communications, and other complex dynamic systems. MBD is an engineering paradigm shift that focuses on high-level executable models for system development and allows exploring a wide range of low-cost analysis, high-fidelity simulation, test-case generation, and early-development cycle concept proofs.   The core of MBD is its systematic use of development ...
The past year was one of the deadliest in American roads: car crashes caused 4.6 million seriously injured people and took nearly 40 thousand lives, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). The "Tri-Level Study of the Causes of Traffic Accidents" found that human errors or deficiencies were a definite or probable cause in nearly 93% of incidents they examined. The Department of Transportation (DOT) stated above 40% of human fatalities happened because “recognition errors” t ...
Car makers are addressing safety concerns through the demanding industrial environment, building new capabilities to enhance the overall performance of products and systems to guarantee security. Is because of this that Functional Safety is experiencing broad changes in both technology and business: while encroaching into areas of technology, like semiconductors (which is a huge radical shift from the traditional automotive industry, built on mechanical and hydraulic engineering), the automotive ...
The demanding amount of safety-critical applications is growing every day; bringing added and new pressures to design engineers as they had to develop Electric and Electronic (E/E) Systems to prevent risks and to solve safety challenges. Designing complex E/E systems that meet rigorous and sophisticated Functional Safety requirements is a challenging job for engineers —especially when they are also managing time-to-market urgency with safety performance to guarantee human well-being. The ...
Functional Safety is the detection of a potentially dangerous condition, activating a protective/corrective device or mechanism to prevent hazardous events, arising or providing mitigation for reducing consequences. Functional Safety is part of the overall safety where a system or equipment operates correctly in response to an input.   Electric and Electronic (E/E) Systems have been used for many years to perform Functional Safety tasks in a wide range of industries; lately, they have evo ...