Intel-men, start your engines! Chipzilla gets into the car silicon caper

Acquires Yogitech for its certification smarts

Intel has acquired Internet of Things business Yogitech with an eye to the automotive segment.

Blogging about the acquisition, Chipzilla's Ken Caviasca explains that the surging "advanced driver assistance systems" (ADAS) segment – stuff like assisted parking – needs what he calls "functional safety," and that's where Italian Yogitech comes in.

Companies like Infineon, CEVA, Arteris, and STMicroelectronics will be watching the acquisition carefully, The Register imagines, but Altera won't be worried, since Intel digested it in December 2015.

Yogitech's systems help chip designers get the industry certifications needed for markets like the auto business.

For example, a designer wanting to pitch a digital signal processor into the ADAS market for assisted parking needs an Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) certification. As Yogitech describes in this 2015 media release, its contribution to a DSP getting ASIL-B certification was to provide the necessary FMEDA (failure modes, effects and diagnostic analysis) report.

Its technology is pitched under the faultRobust banner, which encompasses both products and its analysis methodology.

Caviasca reckons the functional safety needed in the auto space will spread into other IoT segments like building and factory systems, and Intel estimates it'll be a requirement for as much as 30 per cent of the IoT market by 2020. ®

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