In particular, NXP is focused on safety, security and over-the-air (OTA) update. The plan is to make this capability common on every MCU or SoC – regardless where in a vehicle the chip works.
“We are making ASIL D performance everywhere — across multiple spaces,” noted Johnson. “As a developer of safety cores for decades, this is what we do. We’ve figured out on our own how to make ARM cores ASIL D certified.” NXP is applying ASIL D to ARM cores across the board, including Cortex-A, Cortex-R and Cortex-M cores.
Defined within ISO 26262, ASIL D — or automotive safety integrity level D — represents “likely potential for severely life-threatening or fatal injury in the event of a malfunction.” It requires “the highest level of assurance that the dependent safety goals are sufficient and have been achieved.”