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Understanding the Impact of Silicon Errors on Functional Safety Standards Compliance

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Abstract:

Recent years have seen increasing application of functional safety standards to semiconductor components.  Unfortunately, semiconductor developers and functional safety engineers are rarely aligned in terminology or direction.  This discussion will attempt to bridge the gap between the two domains by helping semiconductor developers understand how silicon errors are considered in current functional safety state-of-the-art.

karl greb

Bio:

Karl Greb is the chief safety architect for the SafeTI initiative at Texas Instruments.  He has responsibility for functional safety evangelization across safety critical TI products, including analog and digital hardware, software, and tools in multiple end equipment applications. 

Karl also has development responsibility for the safety architectures of the Hercules MCU product line.  He represents TI and the US in the ISO 26262 working group (“Functional Safety – Road Vehicles”) and is currently leading the ISO 26262 semiconductor subgroup in development of guidelines to support development of compliant semiconductors. 

Karl has previously worked in a variety of architecture, applications, and product test positions on MCU, ASIC, and DSP products.  He is a 1998 graduate of Texas A&M University (B.S. Computer Engineering), a licensed Texas Professional Engineer (PE), and a Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE)  in safety critical hardware development.