IAR grows IEC 61508/ISO 26262 support for Renesas processors

October 13, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Developers of safety-critical applications based on the Renesas RZ, RL78 or RX family can make use of the performance of IAR Embedded Workbench while ensuring compliance with safety standards

IAR Systems has extended the scope of its certified development tools to cover Renesas’ RZ family of microprocessors and the R-IN32M3 and R-IN32M4 Series, in addition to similar functional safety offerings for the RL78 and RX microcontroller families.

A new certified version of IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM will be available in Q4 2015 and adds support for RZ Family of microprocessors, and the R-IN32M3 and R-IN32M4 Series of Industrial Ethernet controllers. The support covers the RZ/A ARM Cortex-A9 MPUs for automotive, consumer and industry applications with demands for high-performance human/machine interfaces, as well as the ARM Cortex-R4-based RZ/T1 Group, which is a factory automation solution with built-in industrial network functionality for use in industrial control equipment.

“With functional safety at the top of the requirements lists for many embedded systems, the task of system certification is becoming more and more relevant,” says Anders Holmberg, Product Manager for Functional Safety, IAR Systems. “This potentially costly process includes proof of compliance for the tools used. By using pre-certified development tools from IAR Systems, companies can simplify their certification process and save time as well as money, as well as protect their tools investment through the entire product life cycle.”

The build chains of IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM, RX and RL78 have been tested and approved according to the requirements on support tools in IEC 61508, as well as the ISO 26262 standard for automotive safety-related systems. The quality assurance measures applied by IAR Systems and the included Safety Manual allow application developers to use the tools in safety-related software development for each Safety Integrity Level (SIL) according to IEC 61508 and each Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL) of ISO 26262 without further tool qualification. For ARM, the certification also covers the European railway standard EN 50128. IAR Embedded Workbench is certified by TÜV SÜD.

The certified versions are delivered with a functional safety certificate, as well as a safety report