The second version of ISO 26262, the guiding standard for functional safety for road vehicles, includes guidelines for semiconductors. The first edition of the standard did not include requirements and processes specifically for semiconductors used in automobiles. The updated ISO 26262 includes additions to the existing sections, extensions to other vehicle classes, plus the new section on semiconductors.

This paper reviews the upcoming additions to ISO 26262 and what it means for suppliers of semiconductors for the automotive market.