Texas Instruments launched their new Hercules safety microcontrollers. The new platform consists of the TMS470M, TMS570 and RM4x ARM Cortex-based microcontroller families. The new TI microcontrollers are designed specifically for IEC 61508 and ISO 26262 safety critical applications. The MCUs are ideal for medical, industrial and transportation applications. Hercules microcontrollers are available now for order. Prices range from $5 – $30 USD each (in 10K unit quantities).
Wind River rolled out the Wind River VxWorks Cert Platform, which is a combination of the VxWorks DO-178B and IEC 61508 safety critical platforms. The Wind River VxWorks Cert Platform supports C++ and real-time processes (RTP). VxWorks Cert is ideal for safety critical applications that must be certified to the stringent requirements of RTCA DO-178B and EUROCAE ED-12B (Software Considerations in Airborne Systems and Equipment Certification) and IEC 61508 and other related software standards. Wind River VxWorks Cert Platform is available now worldwide. The VxWorks DO-178B Platform and VxWorks 61508 Platform will no longer be availabe as separate, standalone platforms.
The Deos real-time operating system and OpenArbor development tool suite are now available for the Freescale Semiconductor e300 and e500 cores. Deos running on the PowerQUICC II Pro and PowerQUICC III processors is an ideal platform for developing and hosting mil/aero and other safety-critical applications — especially those requiring high design assurance and timely DO-178B certification.
Express Logic rolled out market-specific, turnkey, Safety-Critical Certification Pack products for the ThreadX RTOS. Turnkey Safety-Critical Certification Pack for ThreadX helps embedded device manufacturers eliminate developer months of verification and validation effort in complying with rigorous reliability and safety-critical standards. ThreadX Safety Critical Certification Packs are available for a wide range of customer target environments and development tools, and for a wide range of European and International regulatory standards. License start at $25,000.
AdaCore rolled out the GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for DO-178B toolset targeting SYSGO’s PikeOS safety-critical real-time operating system (RTOS). PikeOS is an embedded platform where multiple virtual machines can run simultaneously in a secure environment. The Safe and Secure Virtualization (SSV) technology enables multiple operating system APIs, called “Personalities”, to run concurrently on one machine (ie: ARINC-653 application with Linux). GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for PikeOS provides ZFP and Ravenscar run-times for both PikeOS Native and APEX (ARINC 653) personalities.
DDC-I will make their Deos safety-critical real-time operating system and OpenArbor development tool suite available for applications using AMCC’s (now AppliedMicro) PowerPC 440 core. Deos and OpenArbor will also be available out of the box for Embedded Planet’s EP440C single-board computer, which provides a development and prototyping environment for applications targeting the PowerPC 440EP processor.