At the SoC level, ISO 26262 also requires a higher level of implementation. One way to achieve this is make the safety manager processor independent of the application processors. Setting up dedicated implementation of safety management means automakers can monitor and react to the safety states of all the SoC components in real time.
As an SoC designer, one also needs to factor in the impact of harsh conditions — particularly in extreme temperatures — that the various components are expected to withstand as they perform. Just as IP design requires a holistic perspective, so does the SoC. Considerations on your next project will include determining the best interface for input, the number of ports needed, protocol support, CSI-2 and DSI/DSI-2 support, the right combination of D-PHY and C-PHY, and so forth. It is a complete package designed to uphold the three automotive pillars of safety, reliability, and quality.
MIPI has the power to reduce complexity as well as make way for critical safety applications. At Synopsys, we enable the integration of MIPI interfaces that support C-PHY, D-PHY, CSI-2, and DSI/DSI-2. Synopsys DesignWare® MIPI® IP solutions enable the interface between SoCs, application processors, baseband processors, and peripheral devices. The IP supports the latest key features of the MIPI specifications, such as C-PHY 2.0 operating at 6.5Gs/s per trio at maximum bandwidth of 41Gb/s. Synopsys’ MIPI camera and display IP are automotive-grade in accordance with the ISO 26262 standard. In addition, Synopsys IP is designed and tested for AEC-Q100 reliability.
As a prominent member of the MIPI Board of Directors and an active contributor to the MIPI Alliance working groups, we continue to support the ecosystem by developing high-quality, low-power, cost-effective, interoperable MIPI IP solutions that enable designers to deploy new features in their automotive designs. Utilizing a single-vendor solution allows designers to lower the risk and cost of integrating MIPI interfaces into SoCs and device ICs, while speeding time-to-market.
With the increasing data required for high-resolution videos and images, cameras and display SoCs will need to process more complex visual data in the coming years. As industries grapple with more image data, especially for automotive applications, MIPI will provide a solution for the “long-reach, high-speed challenge” of connecting the highest speed electronic components throughout a vehicle.