Optima

Nazareth, Israel

Founders:
  • Jamil R. Mazzawi, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Nael Qudsi, Director of Engineering
  • David Kelf, Board Advisor, Marketing
What We Do?

Each Autonomous-Vehicle is becoming a supper-computer-on-wheels with hundreds of electronic-chips and sensors working together to drive the vehicle, however, it is extremely difficult for semiconductor-chips to meet the requirements of the highest level of the ISO-26262 standard (ASIL-D), hence automotive companies are forced to duplicate expensive systems 2 and 3 times to achieve safety and reliability by system-level-redundancy. Optima technology allows chip designers to achieve ASIL-D with low costs, and remove the need for expensive system-level-redundancy. We allow reduction of up to 66% of the cost, weight and power consumption of the autonomous-driving system. That’s tens of thousands of dollars in reduction of vehicle production costs (in early models and a few thousands in mass production).

Expertise
Industry / Domain

Today, it is hard to design chips to meet ASIL-D requirements (the highest level of safety in the ISO-26262 standard) because it involves a process called “fault-simulations” (testing that each of the millions or billions of transistors inside the chip are resilient to faults). This is a hard computational process, performed during design phase. The Automotive Safety market is estimated at $2B/year. While Optima is focused on automotive today, our market includes all safety-critical applications (robots, drones, medical-devices, IoT, etc…). We estimate the safety market for Automotive and other safety-critical application reach $3B/year by 2020.