Safety certified development tool for 32-bit RX MCUs

27th November 2013
Nat Bowers

Renesas and IAR Systems have collaborated to offer an IEC 61508 functional safety compliant development tool for Renesas’ 32-bit RX microcontroller platform. IAR Embedded Workbench for RX incorporates high-performance compiler and debugger tools in an easy-to-use integrated development environment.

One of the most important features in industrial automation systems today, system developers have to consider development tools as an integral part of the system certification in order to ensure functional safety. The proof of compliance for the tools increases both the cost and time of development.

Anders Holmberg, Product Manager for Functional Safety, IAR Systems, commented: “We have supported customers in different industries developing safety-related functionality for many years, and together with Renesas we now take the offer to the next level. The certified toolchain and the exhaustive functional safety support agreement that comes with it will simplify the certification process for developers of industrial automation systems and ensure their tools investment is protected through the entire product life cycle.”

Already certified for creating embedded safety applications, IAR Systems solves this problem with the complete development tool suite IAR Embedded Workbench for RX. Thanks to the quality assurance measures applied by IAR Systems and the included Safety Manual, application developers can use IAR Embedded Workbench for RX in safety-related software development for each Safety Integrity Level according to IEC 61508. IAR Embedded Workbench for RX is certified by TÜV SÜD.

"We are glad to be teaming up with IAR Systems as a software alliance partner for the leading embedded development tool chain IAR Embedded Workbench for RX. The certified tool suite helps our customers during the certification process and efficiently supports our RX microcontrollers for safety applications,” comments Niels Trapp, Senior Manager at Renesas Electronics Europe.

Shortening the development cycle, IAR Embedded Workbench for RX allows customers planning to use the 32-bit RX microcontroller family in their designs for safety applications to proceed with application software development without needing to consider the normative requirements of the IEC61508 for the build chain.

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