• What is Markov Modeling & What is it Used For?

    My last blog was on CCF (common cause failures) and this one is on a handy technique for reliability modeling including CCF known as Markov modeling. As a refresher a CCF generally involves all the channels in a redundant safety system failing a...
    • 9 Jul 2019
  • How to Quantify Common Cause Failures

    When time permits I like to do these blogs well in advance and in batches of at least 3 or 4. In this batch I plan to discuss CCF and related topics because I recently had to give myself a refresher on the topic as part of discussing IEC 61508-2:2010...
    • 20 Jun 2019
  • The Geek's Guide to Boston

    The definitive guide for where to geek out while attending a conference in Boston.
    • 10 Jun 2019
  • Functional Safety & The Cloud - Part 2

    Sometime ago I did a functional safety and the cloud part 1 blog, and I promised part 2 on the guidance available within the standards for cloud-based safety; if such a thing is even possible. It turns out there is quite a bit of guidance available, ...
    • 6 Jun 2019
  • How to Change the Confidence Level of Your Reliability Predictions

    A reliability prediction for the die in any released Analog Devices product can be seen at www.analog.com/ReliabilityData by entering the part name. Similarly the reliability prediction can be done for a process node e.g. 0.18u. These predictions are...
    • 22 May 2019
  • Announcing the Springtime Warrior Campaign

    Hello EngineerZone Users, We are excited to launch our Springtime Warrior program. Starting May 6th, we will be releasing six new badges for a limited time in EngineerZone. These badges are worth 1,850 points and can only be obtained in the months of...
    • 10 May 2019
  • Is it FS or FuSa?

    I don’t know when the automotive guys decided to start using the acronym FuSa to mean functional safety. I brought it up once at an IEC 61508 international committee meeting in Vienna and only one member present said they had even heard of the ...
    • 8 May 2019
  • State of the Art

    A requirement to meet the “state of the art” in safety is given in various standards and laws. This is a term which I didn’t fully understand so I went looking for more guidance on it. This blog is a compilation of what I discovered...
    • 23 Apr 2019
  • How to Read Standards

    I have sat in a standardization meeting for an hour while the wording of one sentence was debated to everybody’s satisfaction. I have also sat in meetings where we debated what the existing standard means. Despite the effort what is written is ...
    • 11 Apr 2019
  • Terminology & Functional Safety

    It is very hard to have a serious discussion on any topic if we can’t agree on what words mean. In particular, definitions are important and of course the relevant terminology. In an upcoming blog I plan to cover how standards are written, but ...
    • 28 Mar 2019
  • Functional Safety for Power

    Back in 2016 Analog Devices announced they were acquiring Linear technology - the result, an enormous power portfolio. Some of these circuits can carry more than 100 amps to servers used in data centers, others include galvanic isolation and oth...
    • 12 Mar 2019
  • The New ISO 26262 part 11

    In a previous blog I compared ISO 26262 to IEC 61508. In this blog I will concentrate on the new part 11 of ISO 26262. ISO 26262 revision 1 was released in 2010 and while it had useful guidance on semiconductors it has taken it to the next level in r...
    • 27 Feb 2019
  • The Challenges of Measuring Impedance Accurately

    In response to the uptrend in applications demanding impedance measurements –the relationship between the voltage and current flowing in a circuit, ADI has developed impedance measurement ICs like the AD5933 and ADuCM350, which have found broad...
    • 26 Feb 2019
  • Automotive vs Industrial Functional Safety

    I took my present job as the Functional Safety person for Analog Devices industrial products over six years ago. However before that I spent nine years in our automotive group where I learned a great deal about automotive EMC and started my functiona...
    • 19 Feb 2019
  • Autonomous Transportation: An Exciting Future but Not Without its Roadblocks

    I recently joined several industry colleagues at Analog Garage, ADI’s technology incubator, to discuss the continued evolution of autonomous transportation. This is a topic we’re all immersed in daily and realize is shaped by several obst...
    • 13 Feb 2019
  • How to Rebalance Your Digital Transformation for Business Impact

    Is your Digital Transformation Too Heavy on the Digital and Too Light on the Transformation? A Path Forward. If you’re reading this, you’re likely among the 63% of business leaders having difficulty scaling a Digital Transformation. Altho...
    • 13 Feb 2019
  • Nothing is Perfect but an FPGA can be Very Useful

    FPGA are very useful devices which are often designed into our customer’s designs along with things like ADCs or power ICs from Analog Devices. FPGA can implement microcontrollers and any glue logic required. In this blog I will discuss some of...
    • 30 Jan 2019
  • Functional Safety and the Cloud - Part 1

    In this two-part blog I am going to outline my own journey with IoT, IIoT, the cloud and cloud to cloud communications. IEC 61508 was published in 1998 and then revised in 2010. There is very little on it regarding new technologies including the clou...
    • 15 Jan 2019
  • De-rating: Advice from NASA & Irish Legend

    For the second blog in a row I must advise you not to miss the video at the end even if your tire of the main topic before the end of the blog. It’s a good one and shows a man in action who really believes in safety. I do admit however it has n...
    • 3 Jan 2019
  • Zero Trust, a Better Way

    Network Perimeter – The Wall is Coming Down. The Digital Revolution is driving an unprecedented level of connectivity outside the traditional Enterprise Network. Here are some examples that illustrate the point: 68% of business application wor...
    • 20 Dec 2018
  • Verification & Validation: Important yet Separate

    Verification and validation are important but separate topics within functional safety. However, the terms of often misused and mixed up including in a recent draft functional safety standard I was reading. In a nutshell, validation is the final veri...
    • 11 Dec 2018
  • Technologies that will Shape our Lives in 2019

    by Vincent Roche, President & CEO, Analog Devices, Inc. As we turn our focus to 2019, it is natural to take stock of the events and trends of the past year and consider how they will influence and shape the coming year. As in years past, ...
    • 30 Nov 2018
  • Digital Freedom: Cybersecurity in an IoT World

    The Internet of Things (IoT) – A Deluge of Devices. By all accounts, there will be 30-50 billion internet-connected devices by 2020. This is a massive cyber-attack surface to protect. The number of devices expands by the thousands every day; cr...
    • 29 Nov 2018
  • Software Tools: It's as Easy as T1, T2, T3

    You couldn't build a house without tools and software is no different. IEC 61508 talks about two types of software tools. Online tools which run as part of the application and offline tools used during the development or manufacturing phases. Onl...
    • 28 Nov 2018
  • Revamp Your Boring Profile

    If you read my last blog, your notifications should be completely tailored to your communication preferences for EZ. We are now excited to unveil another customizing opportunity for our members. YOUR PROFILE! Our members view each...
    • 19 Nov 2018