We present the new version of intacs SPICE for Mechanical Engineering.

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Mechanical SPICE V1.8
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We present intacs SPICE for Mechanical Engineering - now with a Japanese translation.

The Japanese translation of ME SPICE shows the worldwide interest in this guideline.

SPICE for Mechanical Engineering Release 1.7-Japanese

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As announced, the intacs working group "HW Engineering PRM/PAM" has completed the work for the release 2.0. Several improvements have been made, e.g.

  • Further Notes and guidance for using the PAM in all processes for semiconductor development. In this context, e.g. traceability is now also allowed (however not required) to be established between HW requirements an individual HW part such as a single transistor.
  • Several Rationales were enhanced (e.g. Rationale 5 ‚"Understanding of functional and non-functional requirements")
  • Given Notes and some process outcomes and base practices, respectively, have been improved (e.g. HWE.1 HW Requirement Analysis now also reflects general "stakeholder requirements")

Further details you will find in revision history in Annex E of  the document: intacs HW Engineering PRM/PAM v2.0

Plan for 2021:

The work of the group has not ended with release v2.0. In 2021, the group will, in alignment with the intacs working groups "training course strategy" and "standard course materials", develop materials for HW PAM courses. Further, potentials for getting assessments according to the HW PAM accepted as Experience Evidence will be evaluated. Furthermore, the progress of ISO/SAE 21434 on Cybersecurity will be observed to see whether the HW PRM/PAM need to address these topics in Base Practices or Notes.

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If an assessor is not able to collect all necessary Experience Evidence due to cancelled assessments or events because of the pandemic time period, the Certification Bodies will grant up to 6 additional months for collecting and providing the missing EEs.

But the additional time does not mean that the certification period will be extended! E.g. if the current period is from January 2018 to December 2020, and you use the first 6 months of 2021 to collect missing EEs, the new period will still be from January 2021 to December 2023.

And another procedure rule still applies: Already used EEs cannot be used twice! E.g. if you collect EEs within the first 6 months of 2021 in order to use them for the certification period from 2021 to 2023, you cannot use these EEs for the next certification period even if they are within the 36 months’ time frame.