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Certified Functional Safety With Qualified Tools For RISC-V

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The development tools meet several safety certifications and promise support throughout the product life cycle

By announcing a TÜV SÜD certified version of development tools, IAR Systems, a supplier of software tools and services for embedded development has extended its offering for RISC-V. The functional safety edition of IAR Embedded Workbench for RISC-V meets the requirements of IEC 61508, the international umbrella standard for functional safety, as well as ISO 26262, which is used for automotive safety-related systems. 

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Also, the certification covers the international standard IEC 62304, which specifies life cycle requirements for the development of medical software and software within medical devices, and the European railway standards EN 50128 and EN 50657.

The functional safety edition of IAR Embedded Workbench includes:

  • Functional safety certificate
  • Safety report from TÜV SÜD 
  • Safety Manual. 

With the certified tools, IAR Systems provides a Functional Safety Support and Update Agreement with guaranteed support for the sold version for the longevity of the contract. Along with prioritised technical support, the agreement includes access to validated service packs and regular reports of known deviations and problems. 

“We are seeing RISC-V becoming an important architecture not only in broad designs but specifically in automotive applications,” said Stefan Skarin, CEO, IAR Systems. “By providing development tools with certification according to ISO 26262, we enable the RISC-V community to further expand and more rapidly bring functional safety designs to the market. Our certified tools will enable our customers to speed up the path to using RISC-V in safety-critical applications within automotive and other areas.”

“Safety certification of IAR Systems’ tools will be a major step forward for functional-safety enablement of SiFive and commercial RISC-V software developers worldwide,” said Aniket Saha, Senior Director, Product Management at SiFive. “SiFive Core IP enables innovators to develop workload-focused designs quickly, and together with IAR Systems’ certified tools will further drive adoption of RISC-V in applications that require safety certification.”

“Functional safety certified solutions is an essential matter for our customers. NSITEXE develops RISC-V based processor IP for accelerators that are provided in automotive and other safety-critical systems,” said Hideki Sugimoto, CTO, NSITEXE, Inc. “IAR Systems’ tools are well-proven for the automotive market, and we are pleased to see this upgrade of the development tools for RISC-V, as having a functional safety certified compiler is very important for our customers.”

Functional safety certification for RISC-V will be available for the next version, 1.40, of IAR Embedded Workbench for RISC-V. The certification process is expected to be finalised in early 2021.


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