IAR development tools support Fraunhofer IPMS RISC-V processor cores

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IAR System's development tools for RISC-V processors now offer support for the ISO 26262 ASIL-D ready certified RISC-V processor core 'EMSA5-FS' developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS.

According to IAR, users of the toolchain software will benefit from simplified certification processes for functional safety, lower costs over the entire product lifecycle and maximum performance in RISC-V-based applications. The new EMSA5-FS processor core from Fraunhofer IPMS is marketed by partner CAST.

Safety-relevant applications can be found everywhere across a host of applications and safety standards such as IEC 61508 are intended to guarantee that electronic systems meet the latest safety requirements. This also applies to the processors that are to be used in those systems. The choice of the development toolchain plays a crucial role and can directly influence the security integrity of those devices, so it is beneficial to choose a certified software development process that has been externally and independently checked.

“Functional safety is important in many embedded systems and is becoming more and more relevant. After we were the first to bring to market a RISC-V processor core that can be certified according to ISO 26262, we are pleased to be able to offer developers the use of a pre-certified development tool for our IP core as well,” said Marcus Pietzsch, group leader for IP cores and ASICs at Fraunhofer IPMS. ”By using the pre-certified development tool from IAR Systems, companies can simplify their own certification process, increase the quality of their own design process, and save costs over the entire product life cycle.”

IAR's Embedded Workbench for RISC-V gives developers access to a full C / C ++ compiler and debugger toolchain. For companies that develop safety-critical applications, IAR Embedded Workbench for RISC-V is also available in a functional safety version: This is certified by TÜV SÜD in accordance with the relevant standards IEC 61508, ISO 26262, IEC 62304, EN 50128, EN 50657, IEC 60730, ISO 13849, IEC 62061, IEC 61511 and ISO 25119 and includes qualified tools over the entire product life cycle.

The EMSA5-FS processor IP core FS of Fraunhofer IPMS can be made available for any FPGA platform. Integration in customer-specific ASICs for any foundry technologies is also possible. Fraunhofer IPMS additionally provides services to expand the IP core with customer-specific modules.