What is Functional Safety?

Functional safety is a critical element for any system deployed within a vehicle, robot, factory, and beyond. It’s the system’s ability to detect, diagnose, and safely mitigate the occurrence of any fault, preventing harm to people and the environment. Arm’s portfolio of Safety Ready products and functional safety partnerships offer customers the solutions they need for their functional safety-related applications.

 

The Arm Safety Ready portfolio includes software test libraries (STL), which are software-based safety mechanisms that provide diagnostic capabilities for permanent faults. Download our white paper to learn about the steps and considerations when implementing STL for ISO 26262 ASIL B automotive applications and IEC 61508 SIL 2 industrial systems.

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Arm Supports Functional Safety

To ensure the best outcomes for our technology and customers, Arm plays an active role in the development of international safety guidelines; for example, ISO 26262 and IEC 61508.

Arm products are designed “out of context” to satisfy the widest range of applications. We believe that everyone in the integrated circuit (IC) supply chain has an important role to play in safety certification, and applications must be certified in accordance with market-specific standards. Arm is capable of supporting customers and manufacturers in their certification processes of Arm-based devices.

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The crucial stepping-stones to enhance functional utility and human safety have arrived with the latest flexible, scalable heterogeneous compute solution from Arm. Learn how Arm provides the functional safety support, processing power and efficiency to enable the journey to autonomous.

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The Arm Safety Ready Portfolio

The Arm Safety Ready portfolio is a collection of Arm products that have been through various and rigorous levels of functional safety systematic flows and development. It combines IP, safety features, tools, and robust methodologies to help reduce risk while fast-tracking the certification phase of projects.

 

See the list of Arm Safety Ready products.

Safety Ready

Case Studies

Building Assurance with Arm Partners

Functional Safety in SoC Design with Dream Chip

Developing applications that meet safety standards needn’t mean a longer time to market. Find out how to accelerate industrial and automotive SoC design whilst minimizing the risk of systematic faults.

Safety Product Development with Embedded Office

Discover how Embedded Office supports developers to address the complexity in safety-critical products in a wide range of application areas, including aerospace, medical and automotive.

Embedded Safety with Green Hills Software

Reduce program risk and time-to-safety with Green Hills Software’s solutions and services to achieve the highest levels of safety for avionics, railway and automotive standards.

Certified Software Tools with IAR

Prove compliance with industry-specific functional safety standards for medical, automotive and industrial use cases by utilizing certified software tools.

Embedded Software for Safety with OpenSynergy

Learn how to integrate several functionalities with different safety requirements on a single SoC for automotive, avionics, railway and agricultural applications.

Safety and Security with Virtual Open Systems

Read about VOSySmonitor, an ISO 26262 ASIL C certified hypervisor built on Arm TrustZone that enables safety-critical virtualization in all types of vehicle.

Designing for Functional Safety with Arm

To help our partners enable functional safety, Arm offers a wide range of IP, tools, and support.

Information for Compliance

Includes evidence of external certification, allowing more time to focus on integrating Arm functional safety IP at a system level. 

Robust Functional Safety Process

Rigorous approach to safety-related product design and verification helps minimize the risk of systematic faults and saves time and effort. 

Supporting Functional Safety Documentation

Includes comprehensive details on specific product safety features, verification, Failure Mode Effects and Diagnostic Analysis (FMEDA), and more.

Shortened Time to Market

Ongoing development of IP, tools, and test libraries that help reduce time to market and meet industry assessment standards. 

The Arm Functional Safety Partnership Program

Find the right partners specializing in software and tools, design services, and training for functional safety.

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Safety Ready Products

The Arm Safety Ready Portfolio consists of IP supported by safety packages and development tools and solutions to enable functional safety.

Development tools include Software Test Libraries (STL), Functional Safety Run-Time System (FuSa RTS) and Arm Compiler for Functional Safety.

Arm IP Software Test Library
support
Level of Functional
Safety support
Tools and Software
support
Processor available in
Arm Flexible Access*
Cortex-A78AE

In development

Extended

🔵

 
Cortex-A76AE  

Extended

🔵

 
Cortex-A76  

Extended

🔵

 
Cortex-A75  

Standard

🔵

 
Cortex-A72

Available in 2021

Standard

🔵

 
Cortex-A65AE  

Extended

🔵

 
Cortex-A65  

Extended

🔵

 
Cortex-A55  

Extended

🔵

 
Cortex-A53

Standard

🔵

Cortex-A35  

Standard

🔵

Cortex-A34  

Standard

🔵

Cortex-A32  

Standard

🔵

Cortex-R52+

Available in 2021

Extended

🔵

 

Cortex-R52

Extended

🔵

Cortex-R5

Extended

🔵

Cortex-M55

Available in 2022

Extended

🔵

Cortex-M33

Extended

🔵

Cortex-M23  

Extended

🔵

Cortex-M7  

Standard

🔵⚫

Cortex-M4

Standard

🔵⚫

Cortex-M3

Standard

🔵⚫

Cortex-M0+

Standard

🔵⚫

Mali-G78AE

N/A

Extended

   
Mali-C71AE

N/A

Extended

   
GIC-600AE

N/A

Extended

   
MMU-600AE

N/A

Extended

   
CMN-600AE

N/A

Extended

   

Key:

🔵 Arm Compiler for Functional Safety

⚫ Arm Run-Time System for Functional Safety

* Selected IP is available in Arm Flexible Access. Learn more about Arm Flexible Access for Automotive.

Talk with an Expert

Functional safety and safety certification are key concerns for everyone in the integrated circuit (IC) supply chain. If you have any questions about functional safety for Arm-based devices, talk to an Arm expert.

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