Freescale and MicroSys cooperate on industrial functional safety

November 26, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Freescale Semiconductor and embedded system solutions provider MicroSys Electronics GmbH are collaborating to establish the industry’s an integrated development platform for functional safety. The SafeAssure kit speeds development of industrial applications required to meet Machinery Directive Standards

The SafeAssure kit, developed by MicroSys (miriac-EK5744), is engineered to speed and simplify the creation of industrial equipment required to meet key functional safety standards. The highly-integrated kit is designed to reduce component redundancies, lower bill of material costs and speed development for systems engineers targeting next-generation industrial safety applications such as factory automation, transportation, aerospace, and defence.

The miriac-EK5744 kit provides an optimised platform for evaluating, designing and prototyping applications which must meet safety standards such as the European Commission’s 2006/42/EC Machinery Directive, the IEC 61508 (2010) and 62061 (2005) safety standards, as well as the ISO 13849 (2008) standard. MicroSys and Freescale are additionally working with international certifying organization TÜV SÜD on a concept assessment of the miriac-EK5744 kit.

The SafeAssure kit from MicroSys (miriac-EK5744) integrates Freescale’s 32-bit Qorivva MPC5744P microcontroller (MCU) and the MC33907 system power management IC with physical transceivers. These Freescale components are part of the Freescale SafeAssure program, which offers a broad solution set of MCUs, sensors and analogue ICs, as well as support for functional safety application design that includes training, safety documentation and technical support.

According to Dieter Pfeiffer, CEO of MicroSys Electronics GmbH, “Other safety kits require more board components to deliver the functionality required to meet today’s demanding safety standards, but Freescale’s Qorivva MPC5744P integrates advanced dual lock-step cores, together with many other integrated safety features, allowing for a single-MCU based development platform that delivers the performance and functionality that industrial customers demand from next-generation equipment.”


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