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There are many advantages to managing your design development activity in an IP-centric methodology. Optimally partitioned designs, where each block is treated as a reusable, self-contained IP with versioned dependencies on other blocks allows teams to be significantly more lean, agile, and flexible.

In addition to making the design process itself more efficient, an IP-centric methodology also allows users to attach relevant metadata to each IP. This metadata - engineering details, bugs, requirements, and ISO26262 compliance information - is as integral to an IP as its design files and dependencies.

ISO26262 compliance can be demonstrated using a survey designed by a compliance expert or team, and filled out by the design expert. These surveys and their responses are then used to determine the compliance or fitness of a particular part (or IP in this case) for an application that needs to meet certain functional safety (FuSa) standards.

This paper details a process to simplify the FuSa process for an ISO 26262 compliant flow for semiconductors by showing how templates can be used to automate the survey and response components of the FuSa process.