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Auto Tech Outlook | Tuesday, May 14, 2019

SYDNEY, AUS: Software firm Altium has announced the launch of a support program kit for their embedded software development TASKING. This kit will assist compilers in the automotive industry in conforming to the ISO 26262 certification. The automakers and parts suppliers with the qualification kit and optional qualification services can adhere to ISO 26262 assessment requirements related to confidence in use of TASKING compilers in safety relevant systems. The Support Program also provides ISO 26262 priority support and guidance for commercial off-the-shelf software tool qualification.

The Support Program provides supervision along with requirements and processes for testing and certifying automotive embedded software and development tools for protection. Embedded software forms a decisive path in systems such as Driver Assistance, Propulsion, In-Vehicle Dynamics, and Active and Passive Safety Devices and the kit has been designed to play key role in mitigating the compounding safety risks associated with these embedded systems.

TASKING compiler ISO 26262 qualification kit is cost-efficient and provides customers with all the necessary evidence that ISO 26262 requires for the qualification of a software tool. This evidence includes the following elements:

1. Safety Manual, describing how to configure the compiler for safety-related projects, including recommended use cases and mitigation strategies for potential errors. 

2. Test Reports produced by the Perennial C Compiler Validation Suite test suite, which demonstrates conformance to ISO C90 and ISO C99 language definition.

3. Defect Reports and Mitigations, provided for all defects found through Altium internal testing and reported by users. These reports are updated and published on a daily basis.

4. Development Process Guide, describing the software development process applied to produce the compiler, and covers project management, requirements management, defect analysis & resolution, testing, and quality assurance.

“For over 20 years TASKING’s C compilers are used for programming automotive electronic systems and they provide highly-effective optimization techniques, combined with industry proven code generation stability and reliability required for today’s safety critical power train and chassis control ECUs. Through our state-of-the-art Viper technology based compilers we offer the most advanced development techniques for complex multi-core based automotive applications, now backed up with our ISO 26262 Support Program for assisting customers in their efforts to qualify their use of the TASKING compiler to functional safety standards,” says Harm-Andre Verhoef, Product Manager TASKING at Altium.

Altium’s ISO 26262 Support Program is available now for select TASKING VX-toolsets only and for the complete support kit the pricing starts at EUR 9,900 (USD 13,500).

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