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Safety package claims to cut dev't time for industrial apps

27 Nov 2015

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Infineon Technologies AG has recently unveiled the Safety Package for the XMC4000 family of 32bit MCUs that aims to help to develop TUV-certified automation systems that conform with Safety Integrity Levels SIL2 and SIL3. In addition, with the XMC4000 Safety Package, Infineon helps to cut development time for the functional safety software test libraries down to about one year, and was developed specifically for industrial high-end applications such as factory automation, industrial motor control and robotics.

Safety Package for the XMC4000

The XMC4000 Safety Package includes XMC4000 MCU hardware, detailed documentation and a TUV-certified software test library, which was developed together with the functional safety solution provider YOGITECH. Also, it includes consultancy and implementation support by the embedded engineering tool supplier Hitex that offers extensive experience in Functional Safety applications. The detailed documentation comprises a failure mode report, failure mode effects and diagnostic analysis (FMEDA) based on liable failure in time (FIT) rates for the XMC4000 MCUs, and the Safety Application Note helping to develop SIL2 and SIL3 systems.

The detailed documentation from Infineon including the failure mode report, FMEDA and Safety Application Note will be available in January 2016. The non-TUV-certified version of the XMC4000 Fault Robust Software Test Library (fRSTL) of YOGITECH is available in December 2015. Under licence of YOGITECH or Hitex, the TUV-certified version will be available in 1Q16.

The XMC4000 family addresses industrial market needs and is ideal for digital power conversion, motor control, sense and control, and IO applications. All XMC4000 devices are qualified for operation at 125°C ambient temperature. They are powered by ARM Cortex-M4 with a built-in DSP instruction set, single precision floating point unit, DMA feature and memory protection unit (MPU). All members of the XMC4000 family come with a comprehensive set of common, fast and precise analogue/mixed signal, timer/PWM and communication peripherals. The XMC4000 family has six series: XMC4100, XMC4200, XMC4400, XMC4500, XMC4700 and XMC4800, with more than 75 devices in VQFN, LQFP and LFBGA packages scaling from 48 to 196 pins.

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