ASIL D && Ethernet Communications

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ASIL D && Ethernet Communications

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Hi SafeAssure Community: 

This question around automotive ethernet on the S32-G2 and how it can be used in a functional safety environment. 


My current understanding is that only the non-realtime cores of the S32-G2 can communicate with its PHY, meaning the G2 should not be used to communicate on Automotive Ethernet for anything safety-critical (i.e. ASIL-D) (as only realtime OS can be safety critical?). I'm guessing I must be missing something fundamental as I can't imagine that NXP would make this design decision.


Please can you confirm we can use the G2 for ASIL-D-level ethernet comms, and if so, why/how?

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Hi there,


All cores on the S32G2 can communicate with either the PFE or GMAC, so any of the cores can be used for ethernet communication. The safety concept for ASIL D ethernet communication is that end to end protection will be applied and verified by an ASIL D core. Assumption 24559 in the Addendum attachment to the safety manual describes this.


Many thanks,


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