Infineon’s AURIX is first embedded safety controller to be ASIL-D certified

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Infineon Technologies' second generation AURIX (TC3xx) microcontrollers have become the first embedded safety controllers worldwide to be certified for the highest automotive safety integrity level (ASIL D) according to the latest version of the ISO 26262 standard.

This standard describes a globally binding procedure for the development and production of safety-critical systems in cars. It was revised in December 2018 and this certificate was issued by SGS TUEV Saar.

“This certification underpins our leadership in automotive safety,” said Peter Schaefer, Vice President and General Manager Automotive Microcontrollers at Infineon. "We achieved this through a holistic approach to safety that resulted in a sophisticated and robust architecture. Second generation AURIX microcontrollers provide the safety and trust necessary to make automated driving happen.”

The AURIX family has already been successfully deployed in a variety of safety-relevant applications, including radar systems for processing sensor data, in engine and transmission control, brake, airbag, and steering systems, central gateways, domain control units, hybrid and electric cars and many other applications.

In addition to the automotive sector, it is also increasingly being used for other safety-critical applications, for example in commercial vehicles and robotics. Infineon said that it is now planning certification according to IEC 61508 - this is a cross-industry basic functional safety standard that serves as the foundation for application-specific standards.

AURIX TC3xx devices have up to six processor cores with 300 MHz clock frequency each. Up to four of them have an additional Lockstep core. With around 3,000 DMIPS, AURIX provides a high level of functionally safe computing power supporting ASIL D among safety microcontrollers.

Other features include safe internal communication buses and a distributed memory protection system. Furthermore, AURIX allows the integration of software with different safety levels from different sources which allows multiple operating systems and applications, such as steering, braking, airbag and driver assistance systems, to be hosted on a common platform.

Infineon has now launched sales of the AURIX TC3xx family for a broad customer and application base in the distribution market. To ease implementation for customers, the company is also offering extensive hardware and software support. In addition to starter kits and evaluation boards, a range of application kits are available.

Infineon also offers a free toolkit for software development and testing called AURIX Development Studio.