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"A software platform used by electronic-chip designers to add ""Functional Safety"" to their chips to meet the highest safety requirements of the Automotive Functional Safety standard ISO-26262, ASIL-D"

Project description

Software for functional safety and security for automotive-semiconductors chip

Autonomous driving is increasing the number and complexity of electronic chips in cars, causing huge growth in the automotive-semiconductor (compound annual growth rate of 21 %). These chips need to comply with both the Functional Safety standard ISO-26262 and the Security standard ISO/SAE 21434. Designing chips to comply with these standards is very complex and time-consuming today, mostly due to the very slow and old fault-simulation technologies. With the EU-funded SafeCHIP2 project, Optima is solving these challenges with over 1 000 times faster fault-simulation technology, which allows to shorten development time and TTM, and enable chip designers to reach the highest safety and security levels which is prohibited with competing solutions.


Autonomous Driving (AD) is going to improve the lives of millions of people in Europe and worldwide. One of the key
challenges in AD is Functional Safety, or FuSa for short. FuSa is about ensuring that all electronic systems controlling the
car do not malfunction, and even when they do, the malfunction is detected fast enough to allow the system to resolve it like
activating a backup system.
The automotive industry, has put in place an international standard, ISO-26262 Functional Safety standard. The market of
FuSa and ISO-26262 solutions is an emerging market in high growth phase.
Optima has been developing FuSa technologies for ICs since 2014. Our SafeCHIP platform includes 3 products, which are
used by chip-designers to build the FuSa features into their chips.
SafeCHIP is a game changer as it solves all challenges faced by these chip-designers using specialized algorithms, built
especially for these challenges: (1) fault-simulation capacity/speed, (2) soft-error solution, (3) hard-error solution and (4) auto
insertion of on-the-fly Safety-Mechanism Our technologies are protected by a strong 5 patents portfolio. They virtually has
no competitors, that match their capabilities in the market.
Our products have been successful in evaluation/POC (Proof Of Concept) process with key player in the market (ARM, UK)
with amazing results, we showed performance results of over 30,000 times faster than existing solutions and where able to
get them to ASIL-D.
As a startup, all our commitment and the team’s are aligned behind the success of this project.
The approval of this proposal, will allow us to scale the company from RnD-focused company with strong technology, to
scale it into full company with Marketing and Sales offices and partners in EU and US.
With the grant, we expect to break-even in 2021 with revenues of 6.5M EUR, and 18M EU in 2022

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Net EU contribution
€ 2 450 000,00
"7056 STREET #1"
1652330 NAZARETH

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 3 535 000,00