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Traceability Matrices: Headache or Real Value

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Traceability is becoming increasingly important in most engineering projects, if only on the grounds of ‘good practice’, and it is specifically required for projects that have to meet safety standards such as DO-254 and ISO 26262.

To provide traceability, you must maintain the relationships between all aspects of a project; from the system-level requirements through implementation and verification. Unfortunately, many organizations reduce their traceability responsibilities to preparing a few matrices for major reviews and to comply with respective safety standards. Such an approach is very time-consuming and I would argue it does little if anything to improve the overall management of the project. Or the design for that matter.

Good traceability data helps prevent errors and omissions in specifications, design and test plans. The first step is to define a traceability model.

Figure 1. Example Traceability Model

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Industry’s first Requirements Lifecycle Management for Safety-critical FPGAs and ASICs

Monday, May 20th, 2013

With the explosion of both in size and complexity of today’s FPGAs and ASICs, methodologies to efficiently manage and control requirements from concept to product rollout have never been more crucial to produce high quality and reliability products on time and within budget.  Developers of FPGAs and ASICs used for safety-critical applications face even greater challenges because of the strict requirements-based development process they have to follow to achieve industry compliance.

How do we make sure that our final product safely functions as intended? How do we manage and track requirements changes effectively?  Do the developers know what requirements changed? How do we establish and maintain traceability? Have we tested all the requirements? These are real and common questions and challenges that arise during FPGA/ASIC development for safety-critical applications.

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