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Functional safety, ICS cybersecurity, and alarm management provider for the process industries, exida, released its ARCHx engineering tool, which allows designers and independent evaluators to analyze high level computer system design architectures for safety, availability, and cybersecurity.

Used to perform failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA), software FMEA/HAZOP, design for assembly (DFA), and cybersecurity threat analysis, ARCHx has embedded knowledge about likely system level problems which detects design issues early, for immediate action.

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“ARCHx is a tool that many have used to uncover major design issues long before they become the cause of a major re-design,” said William Goble, exida managing director. “The built-in knowledge base goes beyond normal guide words to provide context specific guidance. Our customers find the tool has improved their design quality and saved development time.”

ARCHx system consists of the operating engine and several knowledge base plug-ins for specific technologies.

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The tool is used to guide architecture design reviews, during the initial architecture design, when the basic design decisions are being made, but also for existing designs.

This easy to use framework will allow users to document strengths, discover potential weaknesses, and document incremental improvements needed for systems, especially those being considered for safety or cybersecurity certification.

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