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ISO 26262 Automotive Functional Safety Seminar Held by DEKRA and iST Rounded Off

Dec 20, 2019 Digital & Product Solutions / Advisory Services

To Assist Software Developers in Having a Deep Understanding of World Recognized Automotive Functional Safety Standard ISO 26262

For assisting software developers in having a deep understanding of world recognized automotive functional safety standard ISO 26262, to ensure the safety of technology and products, the world’s largest vehicle inspection organization DEKRA and the leading company of automotive reliability assurance in Asia – iST collaborated to hold the “ISO 26262 Automotive Functional Safety Seminar” on December 19th in iST headquarter in Hsinchu. The seminar attracted dozens of safety managers, system engineers, software engineers and firmware engineer to attend.
ISO 26262 standard covers the whole product life cycle of electronic components and electronic devices in automotive industry, including the initial safety concept, system development, hardware and software development, production, operation, and scrap stages.
DEKRA’s functional safety expert Ben Chang, iST's professional automotive regulations consultant Wenston Lin and DEKRA’s external functional safety expert Bert Pan were all invited to give lectures. Except for explaining the important concepts of ISO 26262, they also share practical operations and examples, to help participants to realize the software safety analysis, including freedom from interference in software design, failure mode and effects analysis for software systems, and dependent failure analysis, in order to increase the quality and safety of software and meet the ISO 26262 standard.
“In recent years, both of functional safety and automotive electronic technology have rapid developments. Related products need to be certified according to recognized functional safety standards to ensure the safety, such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, mmWave Applications, and Battery Management System. The origin of DEKRA is "Deutscher Kraftfahrzeug-Überwachungs-Verein", in English, German Motor-vehicle Supervisory Association, for sure we place importance on this development!” said Ben Chang, the functional safety technical manager of DEKRA.
Wenston Lin, the industry service department manager of iST, interpreted how to integrate functional safety requirement and the 5 core tools of IATF16949 step by step, in both of process management and product development, according to the concept of ISO 26262 product safety life cycle. He said, it starts with the definition of items and safety key elements, hazard analysis and hazard analysis & risk assessment, and defining the safety concepts and safe design. In mid-term, it comes the development evaluation of software and hardware, and also the relevant design review. In the end, there will be system integration testing, release for production, and mass-production control. Besides, he also introduced the ISO 26262 integrated service provided by DEKRA and iST, including the functional safety management requirement combine with IATF16949/ISO9001, development of V Model, and third-party verification. This service will cost 6 to 24 months according to the specification of the functional safety of products.
DEKRA’s external functional safety expert Bert Pan began his lecture with the software architectural design that includes static design, motion design and performance design. Then he illustrated the software partitioning to implement freedom from interference of timing and execution, memory, or exchange of information, and also mentioned the failure mode and effects analysis for software systems, and dependent failure analysis. At last, he talked about the safety measures and the verification of the software architectural design. “ISO 26262 emphasizes “what to do”, but barely mentions “how to do”; the software architectural design needs to be considered with safe and unsafe elements; SW FMEA and dependent failure analysis will be able to increase both of the safety of software and its quality; Make sure the system can run with expected functions through reasonable design, and also make certain there will be faultless measures to guarantee the safety of human.” Said Bert Pan.
DEKRA’s history begins in 1925, and its business extends around the globe. At the moment, it has a workforce of around 46,000 people working in over 60 countries. In 2019, the company has grown for the 16th year in a row, with an expected consolidated revenues EUR 3.43 billion. DEKRA has several branches in Linkou, Hsinchu and Taipei, including EMC/RF Lab, Wireless Communication Conformance Lab, IoV Lab, System Reliability and Failure Analysis Lab, providing EMC/RF mandatory regulations testing services, IoT wireless communication compatibility testing services, IoV testing service like automotive EMC testing, military EMC testing and car maker testing, and LED, PCB, PCBA, system reliability verification and failure analysis services.
About iST
iST, a laboratory for verification and tests of electronic industry. Founded in 1994 and gradually expanded its scope of operations, including Failure Analysis (FA), Reliability Assurance (RA), Material Analysis (MA), Chemical/ Process Micro pollution analysis, Signal Integrity Testing and so on. iST has offered full-scope verification and analysis services to the IC engineering industry, its customers cover the whole spectrum of the electronics industry from IC design to end products. In response to rising Cloud Intelligence, IoT and IoV, iST not only focuses on its core services but is also expanding its service offerings based on international trends, such as Semiconductor Advanced Process Verification Platforms, Automotive Electronic Verification Platforms, IoT/ IoV Platforms and Automotive related (e.g.IATF16949/ISO 26262) consultancy service.