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UL Advances Functional Safety with New Arm Partnership

As a member of the Arm Functional Safety Partnership Program, UL will now offer functional safety training expertise to help address a wide range of semiconductor technologies and components.


May 21, 2021

Northbrook, Illinois – May 21, 2021 – UL, the global safety leader, announced today that it has joined forces with Arm, a global leader in semiconductor design and silicon intellectual property development and licensing, to help address semiconductor functional safety. As part of Arm’s Functional Safety Partnership Program, UL will offer functional safety training to Arm’s customers. The training programs will address semiconductors and functional safety standards such as ISO 26262, the International Organization for Standardization Standard for functional safety of automotive electronic and electrical safety-related systems.

The Arm Functional Safety Partnership Program showcases a range of functional safety partners who specialize in the areas of software and tools, design services and training services. UL applied and was selected to be a member of the program due to its extensive breadth and depth of functional and autonomy safety knowledge and training programs that span across multiple sectors including automotive, industrial automation, machinery, oil and gas, autonomy, among others.

Since its founding in 1894, UL has collaborated with partners and customers to help deliver safety training and educational instruction that best suits their business needs. From certification training to introductory-level courses specific to the ISO 26262 standard, UL has a dedicated team to help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers build the technical competency they need to improve product and systems safety for successful product design.

“UL’s Functional Safety Team is rooted in the belief that safety comes first,” said Jody Nelson, managing director of UL's Industrial Functional Safety division. “We lead with science and safety and are always looking for new and innovative solutions to help partners and customers navigate the complex technical challenges of today’s functional and autonomy safety landscape. Becoming a member of the Arm Functional Safety Partnership Program will allow us to continue to help advance innovative technologies while fulfilling our mission of working for a safer world.”

Complementing the training expertise, UL’s functional safety assessment and audit services cover components, hardware, software, end products, organizational processes, cyclic project processes and software tools. This includes autonomous vehicles, machine safety and robotics, industrial control systems (ICS), consumer smart home products, smart factories and supply chains.

UL’s initial activity as a member of the Arm Functional Safety Partnership Program will be a training course designed for engineers seeking to successfully apply ISO 26262 to their safety-related semiconductor programs. Delivered by both UL and kVA by UL instructors, the course will address functional safety for a wide range of semiconductor technologies and components including microcontrollers, analog and mixed-signal designs, programmable logic devices, memories and intellectual property blocks. Functional safety analyses such as dependent failure analysis (DFA) and failure modes, effects and diagnostic analysis (FMEDA) will be presented from a semiconductor point-of-view, including worked examples of DFA and FMEDA. The three-day virtual training with optional personal certification exam is open to Arm customers as well as the public and takes place July 27-29. Registration is now open.

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