Renesas enhances Synergy platform with safety certification packages
Renesas Electronics Europe announced the availability of certification packages for the Renesas Synergy S7G2, S5D9, and S3A7 microcontroller Groups. The certification packages offer seamless integration into safety applications and reduce system development time by up to six months while minimizing risk for the customer’s system certification process. Each MCU group certification package includes a bundled diagnostic software library and safety documentation with certification packs from Express Logic for ThreadX RTOS, the X-Ware middleware NetX Duo TCP/IP network stack, and FileX file system – all certified and compliant to the functional safety standard IEC61508.
With Industry 4.0’s growing demand for intelligent and flexible production clusters, more and more autonomous systems in decentralized real-time production environments are requiring built-in safety functionality. Installing built-in safety ensures safe human-machine collaborations and reduces physical safety barriers like safety locks or safety fences, but it increases the number of functional safety-related applications, and requires compliance to industry standards. To conform to functional safety requirements, system manufacturers need to implement a variety of self-tests, not just at the system level, but also down to the device level. Implementing these tests and obtaining detailed safety information from the device manufacturer is a significant effort, enabling faster time-to-market. Renesas' safety certification packages for its Synergy MCU Groups help to reduce this effort. The certification packages are scheduled to be available in December 2017.