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MPLAB MCU Tools Achieve Safety Certification

Microchip Technology has announced TÜV SÜD certification
of its MPLAB XC compilers for functional safety, significantly simplifying the
functional safety qualification process for Microchip’s PIC, AVR and SAM
microcontrollers (MCUs) and dsPIC Digital Signal Controllers (DSCs). To further
simplify testing and diagnostics, Microchip also introduced MPLAB Code Coverage
license, which determines parts of software that have or have not been executed
with minimal impact to the application.  

The MPLAB XC functional compilers certified by TÜV SÜD
aid in satisfying the verification and validation requirements specified in the
ISO 26262 standard for automotive safety, IEC 61508 for industrial
applications, IEC 62304 for medical software and IEC60730 for automatic
electric controls. The MPLAB XC Compilers for Functional Safety will be
packaged with additional documentation for qualification of the MPLAB X
Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and MPLAB debuggers and programmers.
With no annual renewal fees, the licenses are the lowest-cost solution on the
market. Using Microchip’s MCUs with the functional safety licenses will reduce
application costs and time to market.

Ensuring high test coverage of embedded software using
code coverage tools often requires a large amount of hardware modification,
expensive software and significant effort searching large data files for
pertinent information. The MPLAB Code Coverage product avoids this with less
than one percent impact to test time. Through a patented process, code can be
tested in a single pass without breaking the code into blocks. This saves time
and eliminates sifting through large data files. As certified applications
often require code testing data, this new code coverage license can further
assist with the certification process.

The combination of devices designed with functional
safety in mind along with MPLAB XC compilers that are certified by TÜV SÜD plus
MPLAB Code Coverage simplifies functional safety certification for applications
in automotive, consumer, aerospace, medical and industrial applications.

In addition to offering development tools that make it
easier, faster and more affordable to comply to functional safety standards,
Microchip also offers many PIC, AVR, dsPIC and SAM MCUs that are Functional
Safety Ready. For all Functional Safety Ready microcontrollers, Microchip
provides Failure Mode Effect and Diagnostics Analysis (FMEDA) reports and
safety manuals targeting ISO 26262 up to ASIL-B safety levels, with some
products achieving ASIL-D.

MPLAB X IDE version 5.25 is available for free on
Microchip’s website. The MPLAB Code Coverage workstation license is available
today for $799. The MPLAB XC8, XC16 and XC32++ functional safety workstation
licenses are available today for $2,995 each.

Microchip Technology |

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MPLAB MCU Tools Achieve Safety Certification

by Circuit Cellar Staff time to read: 2 min