Safe Hardware Development Consultancy
In the realm of functional safety, precision and reliability are paramount, especially in hardware development. Meticulous planning and execution are imperative. For hardware components to meet the required level of safety integrity, comprehensive error prevention measures must be integrated into every phase of development.
From the concept phase of the project, even before manufacturing begins, attention to detail is crucial. Navigating potential pitfalls such as contradictory requirements and specification gaps within the hardware architecture requires meticulous planning, documentation, and thorough verification processes.
During the initial phases, it’s essential to delve into the calculation of safety metrics like for example PFH (Probability of Dangerous Failure per Hour) and MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures). These metrics, vital for ensuring hardware integrity, must not just be considered but meticulously calculated and documented within the project’s specifications. This foresight is essential, paving the way for streamlined safety assessments and processes down the line.
Adherence to safety standards significantly aids this intricate hardware development journey. Standards such as IEC 61508-2, ISO 26262-5, and EN50129 play a pivotal role. They provide a structured framework by specifying measures tailored to the safety classification. These standards offer a systematic approach, scaling measures based on the complexity and scope of the hardware project.
Additionally, depending on the size and complexity of the hardware project, utilizing supportive tools becomes a necessity. These tools act as enablers, ensuring that safety goals are not just pursued but demonstrably achieved. Tools used in safety-relevant projects must be classified and, where necessary, qualified.
In essence, functional safety in hardware development is not a mere checkbox; it’s a commitment to a meticulous, well-planned, and standardized process. With the guidance of established standards like IEC 61508-2, ISO 26262-5, and EN50129, coupled with foresighted planning and innovative tools, achieving the highest levels of safety integrity becomes an attainable reality.
How We Can Help You
We have a proven track record of successfully completed projects, including the creation, updating, and review of all work products related to safe hardware development. Our expertise covers PCB-level embedded hardware and semiconductor-level solutions. A key focus for us is achieving cost-effective solutions by leveraging generic templates and collaborating closely with stakeholders to determine the about the optimal and safe approach to hardware architecture, design, and implementation.
We can support your project during the following activities:
- Creation/Review of hardware requirements, architecture, and design specifications
- Calculation of relevant hardware metrics (PFH, PFD, MTTF, etc.)
- Hardware/System safety analysis (FMEDA, FTA, etc.)
- ASIC/FPGA/IPs safety development support
- Creation of hardware validation plan
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