Automotive MCU compiler receives major update

30th July 2015
Barney Scott

Altium has announced the release of a major update to its TASKING compiler for TriCore/AURIX MCUs which power advanced automotive applications. This release supports next-gen Infineon TriCore technologies and enables engineers to begin early development on advanced automotive applications before the AURIX family line is released publicly.

This update is available to all TASKING customers on a maintenance contract, and trial versions are available upon request.

Recent advances in complex automotive systems including power train, power steering, chassis, and transmission control have called for advanced functionality within the tools that embedded software developers rely upon. To meet these unique needs, Altium worked directly with OEM’s and Tier-1 automotive providers to develop tools and enhancements to satisfy the engineering needs of future automotive applications.

An Integrity Check tool enables developers with the focus on ISO 26262 ASIL specifications to easily check memory access with advanced safety requirements and greatly enhances application safety and reliability by analysing code for possible access restriction violations. The partitioning of code and data into different safety groups will prevent interference between different ASIL levels, which is especially important for multi-core automotive applications.

Altium and Infineon Technologies collaborated on the AURIX Configuration Tool (ACT) as an extension of the TriCore toolset to include a pin mapper, the TASKING software platform for AURIX, as well as a royalty free RTOS.

An enhanced pin mapper tool for AURIX microcontrollers supports the developer to assign the signals of the peripheral modules to physical pins of the chip and saves the developer from the tedious task of managing pin assignments in spreadsheets.

This update marks a major milestone in the complete integration of the TriCore toolset with the BOSCH GTM-IP MCS timer module into one complete development environment unlike any other vendor can currently offer.

In addition to the features above, a number of enhancements and fixes have been released to further optimise the TriCore/AURIX compiler. Programming for advanced microcontrollers has also been significantly simplified and developers can now quickly configure low level drivers, C files and header files as well as the RTOS through the graphical editor and code generator directly from the TASKING software platform.

With these features and enhancements in place, developers are able to significantly decrease development time and costs while also generating the safest and most reliable code needed to meet the strict quality requirements from Tier-1 automotive providers.

“OEMs and Tier-1 automotive providers require the highest standards in code reliability and safety without any compromises to performance,” said Franz Maidl, Managing Director, Global TASKING Business, Altium. “This update to our TriCore/AURIX toolset, with support for 3rd gen Bosch GTM-IP, XC800 and the Hardware Security Module, provides engineers all over the world the capabilities they need in their development tools to design sophisticated automotive applications without any sacrifice to quality.”

This version of the TASKING TriCore/AURIX compiler is available immediately in various product bundles. Current TASKING customers with a maintenance contract can request this update now. A trial version is available as well.

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