SOURCE: Green Hills Software, Inc.

October 16, 2007 01:00 ET

Green Hills Software IEC 61508 Safety-Certified Operating System Offered for Freescale's Industrial PowerQUICC Platform

SIL3-rated INTEGRITY Separation Kernel for Secure, Reliable Networking Support on Popular Platform Based on PowerQUICC II Pro Technology

MUNICH, GERMANY--(Marketwire - October 16, 2007) - FREESCALE TECHNOLOGY FORUM -- Green Hills Software, Inc., the technology leader in device software optimization (DSO) and real-time operating systems (RTOS), today announced that its TÜV-certified INTEGRITY RTOS is available for Freescale's MPC8360-based Industrial PowerQUICC platform (MPC8360E-RDK). The unique protection architecture of INTEGRITY, coupled with the PowerQUICC II Pro processor's memory management unit (MMU) and advanced communications support, helps to shorten the time and effort required for device safety-certification. The technology solution helps deliver safe, reliable, independent execution and containment of the networking and communications needs of end devices in harsh environments such as industrial manufacturing, power systems, health care facilities and transportation systems.

"Freescale is pleased to offer its customers the industry's only commercially available SIL3-certified operating system for use with our Industrial PowerQUICC platform. This proven RTOS from Green Hills represents a welcome expansion of tools and operating systems for this solution," said Donna Imam, industrial segment business development manager for Freescale's Networking & Computing Systems Group. "This addition is key to providing our customers the ability to configure and execute a wide range of communications needs on a single OS/processor combination that helps shorten design cycles, increase system reliability and reduce device per-unit costs."

INTEGRITY's separation architecture allows customers the flexibility to run multiple protocols as separate, independent applications, while eliminating the need to certify these protocols by running them in their own protected address space -- outside of the critical safety-rated sections of the system. In essence, with the innovative secure partitioning capability of INTEGRITY, software -- from non safety-related through safety critical -- can be partitioned on a single processor. Each partition can then be certified at its appropriate Safety Integrity Level, eliminating the need for separate physical systems or to certify code beyond the required safety level.

The INTEGRITY safety-certified RTOS as part of the Green Hills Software Platform for Industrial Safety delivers the following components:

--  INTEGRITY and velOSity real-time operating systems (RTOS), with
    certification by TÜV to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
    EN 61508 standard at Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL3)
--  Safety manual
--  SIL3 certification certificate
--  SIL3 certification report
--  MULTI Confidence-from-Use report (optional)

Optional products and services are:

--  Middleware to support TCP/IP networking, Wi-Fi, USB, graphics,
    databases and more
--  Fieldbus support for EtherNet/IP, IEEE1588, PROFINET and more
--  µ-velOSity real-time operating system -- providing industry leading
    performance,  minimal memory (less than 1.6KB) and power-saving footprint
    for resource-constrained and cost-sensitive devices
--  MULTI integrated development environment and TimeMachine tool suite --
    providing the industry leading tool set for embedded software developers
--  Green Hills C/C++ and MISRA C compilers -- generating the fastest and
    smallest code in the industry
--  Green Hills Probe -- providing reliable and efficient debugging using
    the microprocessor's JTAG port
--  End-product certification assistance
--  Board Support Package (BSP) development and certification assistance
--  On-site audit preparation and support

About the Freescale Industrial PowerQUICC Platform

Freescale's Industrial PowerQUICC platform was created in response to the needs of design engineers tasked with incorporating a diverse set of industrial protocols while managing per-unit device cost and system safety. To help customers shorten time-to-revenue, the solution is provided in an industry-standard Computer On Module (COM) Express format. This platform provides the ability to evaluate both control and communications protocols for the industrial market.

The platform highlights the capabilities of MPC83xx PowerQUICC processors for applications that require high-performance connectivity and determinism. It supports graphics and touch screen capabilities in addition to popular interfaces such as Ethernet, 64-bit PCI controllers, UARTS, integrated security engine, USB, SPI, I2C, and (GPIO) pins. The solution is an excellent choice for providing deterministic, reliable network operation in harsh environments such as industrial manufacturing plants, health care facilities and transportation systems.

"Developing and deploying software for devices in these markets is a time-consuming and expensive process," commented Dan Mender, director business development, Green Hills Software. "Freescale's programmable PowerQUICC communications processors when combined with the safety-certified INTEGRITY separation kernel, provide a foundation for independent execution of deterministic, reliable networking support with high performance and the ability to reduce device chip count."

About IEC 61508

IEC 61508 is an international standard for the functional safety of electrical, electronic, programmable electronic (E/E/PE), and safety-related systems and applies to these systems regardless of their applications. IEC 61508 is the basis for a published nuclear sector standard (IEC 61513). It is also currently being used as the basis for developing other sector standards (e.g. machinery, process - IEC 61511), along with standards in Railway (EN 50128/CENELEC) and automotive (ISO 26262, draft). It is therefore influencing the development of E/E/PE safety-related systems and products across all industry sectors, where safety and reliability are paramount. Meeting the well defined, stringent IEC 61508 requirements involves supporting a systematic development process, emphasizing requirements traceability, criticality analysis and validation. The SIL3 rating is considered the highest level of risk reduction achievable using a single processor.


The Green Hills SIL3-certified INTEGRITY RTOS is available now.

About Green Hills Software

Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software, Inc. is the technology leader in device software optimization (DSO) and real-time operating systems (RTOS) for 32- and 64-bit embedded systems. Our royalty-free INTEGRITY® and velOSity™ real-time operating systems, µ-velOSity™ microkernel, compilers, MULTI® and AdaMULTI™ integrated development environments and TimeMachine™ tool suite offer a complete development solution that addresses both deeply embedded and high-reliability applications. Green Hills Software is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with European headquarters in the United Kingdom. Visit Green Hills Software at

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