LDRA Tool Suite High- and Object-Level Support Extended for Full Range of PowerPCs

20th September 2010
News Release from: LDRA
Written by : ES Admin
LDRA, the leading provider of automated software verification, source code analysis and test tools, has integrated the LDRA tool suite with a variety of compiler and RTOS technologies for the PowerPC (PPC) family. Targeting safety-critical systems, LDRA has extended its PPC support across the primary tool chains of Wind River Tornado, Wind River Workbench and Green Hills Multi, Green Hills Integrity and Green Hills Integrity 178B. The LDRA tool suite support of the PPC processors scales from the PPC 440 to the high-performance PPC 750 and can work at either the C compiler or Assembly level. Full DO-178B certification artifacts up to Level A are available.
With the broad application of PPC processors to safety-critical environments, such as communication terminals, commercial and military avionics, as well as missile and space flight applications, this integration ensures that the LDRA tool suite supports organizations needing to demonstrate process compliance. Artifacts and reports proving DO-178B readiness are easily produced and LDRA’s DO-178B Tool Qualification Support Pack further accelerates time to certification.

“Achieving DO-178B certification is a rigorous, costly venture,” confirmed Ian Hennell, LDRA Operations Director. “LDRA is committed to reducing that challenge through tool chain integration across the complete PowerPC family and DO-178B qualification support. The LDRA tool suite enables companies to engage consistent software development methodologies and analysis tools to achieve certification readiness.”

In addition to extended high-level language support for the PPC processor range, the LDRA tool suite for PPC Assemblers may be used to demonstrate source-to-object-code traceability. Thanks to this traceability, the LDRA tool suite can analyze the relationship between the two levels of code and highlight any instances of additional code at the object level.

Tool chain support across the full range of PPC processors—from the smallest embedded controllers to full-system processors—maximizes system flexibility in applications such as ground-station terminals, missile and satellite GNC controllers as well as vibration sensitive aviation equipment. Regardless of the platform chosen, LDRA’s comprehensive coverage ensures that a single set of reports can be generated to describe all aspects of the systems under test. This breadth of coverage, coupled with LDRA’s DO-178B Tool Qualification Support Pack for C/C++, Ada83/95 and Assembly languages, increases process manageability and speeds certification.

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