ARCHx

Next Generation Architecture Analysis Tool for Next Generation Automation Products

Optimizing the design engineering process for new automation systems and safety critical devices involves balancing goals that normally conflict – time to market, development cost, safety & reliability.

OEMx , from exida, changes this by seamlessly taking you from safety-critical product requirements to high-level architecture, to detailed hardware and software design (FMEA and FMEDA), to accurate and defendable safety & reliability predictions more quickly; reducing development cost, time to market, and supporting compliance with the IEC 61508 family of safety standards. ARCHxTM enhances the hierarchical architecture design process. It supports design of automation systems in a variety of applications (process industry, industrial equipment / machinery, robotics, medical devices, railway, mining, automotive, etc.).

Get to Know ARCHx

Delve deeper into ARCHx's functionality by exploring the brochure below.

From First Generation to Next Generation

exida is a knowledge company specializing in high reliability and high safety automation systems. To advance the state of the art, we regularly perform research on high reliability and safety systems, sharing the results with the world via papers, journal articles, webinars, training courses, tools, and books (we have written more books on functional safety than any other company). The engineers at exida have pioneered and developed many safety and reliability analysis techniques, including the Failure Modes, Effects and Diagnostics Analysis (FMEDA) in the late 1980’s. exida is an internationally-accredited body for functional safety and cybersecurity certification.

From this fertile environment comes the ARCHx tool. ARCHx includes an expert knowledge base embedding 30+ years of accumulated experience in the design and analysis of hardware, software, FPGAs, semiconductors and automation cybersecurity. Use of the expert knowledge base with functional failure modes and proven solutions on a project reduces engineering time, increases design rigor, improves the accuracy of the results, and sets up an organization for a successful certification pursuit.

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ARCHx also allows your experts to add to the knowledge base structure with company-specific design expertise. This enhances the ability to make application-specific design assistance available to new designers when they need it, driving efficiency, consistency and improving traceability.

ARCHx Training Courses

exida has developed courses that will familiarize users with all facets of the ARCHx tool to ensure optimum usage for your next project.

CS 248 - Cybersecurity Threat Analysis with ARCHx

An essential task that is part of cybersecurity development process is the Threat Analysis. The result of this work is used to define necessary defense mechanisms in an embedded device design. This course explains how to use the ARCHx tool to perform an embedded device or system threat analysis by providing a detailed knowledge base of threats, actors, and defense mitigation techniques. This course also explains how to show compliance to IEC 62443 cybersecurity certification requirements.

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FSE 248 - FMEA/HAZOP with ARCHx

It is well known that a product development schedule and cost will be reduced if problems are found early in the development process. Techniques such as Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Hazard and Operation Study (HAZOP) have been developed over several decades to achieve this goal. The ARCHx tool from exida facilitates the FMEA/HAZOP process with the addition of expert guidance on functional safety and cybersecurity certification compliance. This course explains how to take advantage of the ARCHx tool to perform high quality FMEA and HAZOP analysis. This course also explains how to use the ARCHx tool to show compliance to certification requirements.

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FSE 249 - FPGA FMEA with ARCHx

It is well known that a product development schedule and cost will be reduced if problems are found early in the development process. Techniques such as Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) are commonly used to achieve this goal. However, the use of FMEA on a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) is not common and can be confusing. The ARCHx tool from exida facilitates the FMEA process for FPGA devices by providing a detailed knowledge base with FPGA failure modes and mitigation techniques. This course explains how to take advantage of the ARCHx tool to perform high quality FMEA analysis on FPGA devices. This course also explains how to use the ARCHx tool to show FPGA compliance to functional safety and cybersecurity certification requirements.

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