Texas – Hercules safety microcontrollers with CoDeSys target industrial applications (3S-Smart Software Solutions)Oct 11 2012 - Design Applications [More Design Applications Articles]
3S-Smart Software Solutions and Texas Instruments (TI) have announced that the CoDeSys Safety solution is now available for the TI Hercules safety microcontroller platform.
CoDeSys is used for various types of applications in several industrial sectors – by machine builders, in mobile machines, in the energy and process industries, in shipbuilding and in the aircraft industry. CoDeSys Safety SIL2 includes an IEC 61508 SIL2 run time system with certified basic functions, a validated compiler and code generator plus a safety programming manual. It can be used with the Hercules dual-core lockstep safety microcontrollers to support ISO 13849 PLd Cat.2/3 requirements. The CoDeSys Safety SIL2 software will significantly reduce the time to market for SIL2 Safety PLCs. The included certified Safety Runtime System has been developed and optimized to meet the necessary safety requirements of applications like mobile machines and utility vehicles like cranes and elevating platforms.
“At TI, we’re all about simplifying development for our customers – whether it’s through our own offerings or with one of our Design Network members,” said Frank Forster, marketing and systems application manager, Hercules safety microcontrollers, TI. “The safety version of CoDeSys is a great match for the Hercules safety microcontroller in industrial applications, because it further simplifies the software development for safety-critical systems.”
The Hercules safety microcontroller platform enables users to easily build safety-critical applications. Offered with multiple Flash and RAM configurations, the Hercules ARM Cortex-R4F core offers up to 220MHz of floating point performance at up to 350 DMIPS. The Dual core lockstep CPUs, CPU and Memory BIST, Flash & SRAM ECC and peripheral RAM parity checking provide the high level of diagnostic coverage required in safety critical systems and minimize the need for complex safety diagnostic software. A wide choice of communication peripherals include CAN, FlexRay, Ethernet and USB, in combination with two powerful timing coprocessor modules (NHET) and dual 12-bit ADCs, makes the Hercules safety microcontroller platform an ideal solution for safety-critical control systems up to IEC 61508 SIL-3.
Dieter Hess, CEO, 3S-Smart Software Solutions, said: “The implementation of CoDeSys Safety fully utilizes the integrated safety features of the Hercules Safety microcontroller family and is thus an excellent example for a CoDeSys SIL2 platform. It enables the customer to certify his system with a much lower effort, as we have already realized a reference implementation of the CoDeSys Safety Runtime System on the Hercules platform.”
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