Mentor announced the availability of its new Tessent MissionMode product, which provides a combination of automation and on-chip IP for enabling semiconductor chips throughout an automotive electronics system to be tested and diagnosed at any point during a vehicle’s functional operation. This capability is fundamental towards achieving the safety and long-term reliability requirements demanded by the ISO 26262 standard.
Tessent MissionMode is the only commercial solution that provides the infrastructure for system software-based access to any test and diagnosis capabilities integrated within an automotive chip. An in-system test (IST) controller integrated into the chip drives an internal IEEE 1687 (IJTAG) access network to communicate to any IJTAG-compliant IP. In particular, the IST controller fully supports all Tessent design-for-test (DFT) products including memory BIST, logic BIST, and EDT logic.
The IST controller also provides a communication path to outside the chip through a generic CPU interface. This interface can be easily adapted to work with any CPU bus protocol typically used in automotive systems like Ethernet, CAN or I2C. The on-chip infrastructure is highly programmable, allowing any number of different test sequences to be applied as needed. Tessent MissionMode tool automates the integration and full verification of this infrastructure as well as automates the generation of all CPU instructions necessary to run any tests and extract any diagnostic results.
“The amount and complexity of electronic devices being designed to bring ADAS and autonomous driving capabilities to passenger cars is exploding,” said Steve Pateras, product marketing director for Mentor’s automotive semiconductor test solutions. “We are working closely with many of our customers to continue to bring to market new and innovative solutions to address rapidly evolving automotive test requirements.”
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