The certification will make it easier to satisfy the functional safety qualification process for Microchip’s PIC, AVR and SAM MCUs and dsPIC DSCs.
Microchip has also announced MPLAB Code Coverage license, which determines which the parts of the software that execute with minimal impact to the application and which parts have most impact.
The MPLAB XC functional compilers that are certified by TÜV SÜD help to achieve 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 IDE and MPLAB debuggers and programmers.
The MPLAB Code Coverage product achieves under one percent impact to test time. Using a patented process, code can be tested in a single pass without the need to break the code into blocks, saving time and eliminating the need to sift through large data files. As certified applications often require code testing data, the 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.
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.