Legacy-free C compilers for Power Architecture and RH850 target ISO 26262 automotive application development

October 17, 2012 // By Nick Flaherty
Altium has released two completely new TASKING C compilers for automotive application development on microcontrollers from Renesas, Freescale Semiconductor and ST Microelectronics.

These new development solutions for the RH850 microcontrollers from Renesas and the Power Architecture microcontrollers from Freescale Qorivva/5xxx and STMicroelectronics SPC56 series extend the range of popular TASKING toolsets for automotive microcontrollers such as XC2000, ARM, ST10 and TriCore.
Both new compilers have been developed from the ground up, using Altium's highly efficient Viper "VX" compiler technology, not limited by legacy compiler implementations. This new generation of compilers is the perfect clean start towards ISO 26262:2011 certified development tools and application development.
Viper is a modern compiler technology fully developed and owned by Altium and as such does not depend on components from third parties or the public domain. The use of Viper technology guarantees compatibility to other popular TASKING toolsets which have established a solid "proven in use" reputation with highly efficient and robust code for automotive applications like power train, body control, chassis control and safety critical applications.
"Internal and external automotive application benchmarks with the new C compilers have shown best-in-class code efficiency achievements," said Harm-André Verhoef, Product Manager for TASKING at Altium. "This is a clear result of our close cooperation with customers and the understanding of their code optimization needs and we are very proud of our leading position here. The new compilers excel in build-time efficiency, delivering significant product development time and cost savings to developers."
The TASKING Viper technology features MISRA C and CERT C code checking, profiling through code instrumentation and run-time error checking capabilities. Using Viper technology programmers can now develop extremely robust code in significantly less time than previously possible.
The new compilers are available immediately for evaluation and use by automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. ISO 26262 compliance and certification will be completed in 2013. Addressing the needs of broad and emerging markets, an IDE and debugger will be added to the compilers, delivering a cost-effective complete solution to developers.
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