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The automotive segment is being well served by semiconductor suppliers of all sizes because of the unit volumes, and the constant push to automate more of the driving decisions to silicon and software can raise lots of questions about safety, reliability and trust. Fortunately the ISO standards body has already put in place a functional safety compliance specification known as ISO 26262, so engineers working at automotive companies have a clear idea how to document their processes to ensure that you and I as consumers are going to be safe while driving the old fashioned way with our hands on the wheel, or more towards the goal of autonomous driving which will be hands-free. Semiconductor designers can use dozens to hundreds of IP blocks in their automotive chips, so one challenge is how to be compliant with iSO 26262 while managing so many blocks.

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