Safety concept assessment for NVIDIA Xavier system-on-chip (SoC) to foster safe autonomous driving
TÜV SÜD assessed the concept of the Xavier device of NVIDIA Corporation and evaluated if the integrity measures are sufficient to support safety functions up to ASIL C(D) functions according to the standard ISO 26262 in the context of autonomous driving. The Xavier device was one of the most complex processor TÜV SÜD has evaluated. By meeting the ISO 26262 requirements for ASIL C(D) the Xavier SoC architecture is suitable for enabling safe autonomous driving.
In September 2017 NVIDIA Corporation requested TÜV SÜD experts to test the concept of the Xavier device according to the standard ISO 26262:2011.
NVIDIA Xavier is designed as a Safety Element out of Context (SEooC) to support automated driving systems from SAE L2 through SAE L5 automation levels, including capabilities for perception, localization, sensor fusion, path planning, and vehicle dynamics. It is a complex processor for a vast amount of data generated within autonomous driving experiences. Its GMSL (gigabit multimedia serial link) high-speed IO connects Xavier to the largest array of lidar, radar and camera sensors of any chip.
The assessment results showed that the architecture of the Xavier device meets the ISO 26262 requirement for ASIL C(D). For our TÜV SÜD experts the Xavier device was one of the most complex processor they have evaluated.
For further information please contact our safety expert Axel Köhnen