LONDON Ė Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas, Texas) is offering a qualification kit to allow customers to demonstrate that software compiled for its Hercules Cortex-R4 based microcontrollers meets functional safety standards such as IEC 61508 and ISO 26262.
These standards also require that tools used in system development are checked against the possibility that they could introduce errors and unintended safety issues.
The SafeTI Compiler Qualification Kit includes a document from third-party safety consultant TUV Nord that states: "The requirements of ISO 26262 Part 8, Chapter 11 on classification and qualification of software tools as well as the requirements of IEC 61508 Part 3, Chapter 7.4.4 on the tool validation can be sufficiently fulfilled by applying the qualification kit."
The kit is based on a software qualification method developed by consulting company Validas AG (Munich, Germany) and includes the SuperTest qualification software from Associated Compiler Experts BV (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). The kit also includes verified and validated test cases for selected TI ARM compiler features; a test automation framework to run the test in the user's environment on target hardware and up to 24 hours of Validas consulting for general support, model-extensions, coverage comparison and result and documentation review support.
A single-project license is $15,000 and a multi-project license is $25,000, according to documentation at TI's website.
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