Libero SoC development software achieves functional safety certification

The Libero SoC development software version 11.5 Service Pack (SP) 2, has achieved functional safety certification, announced Microsemi. The development software offers a suite of FPGA design tools and has been certified by TÜV Rheinland, according to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61508-2, Annex F.

The Functional Safety Data Package can be used by engineers designing products to conform to IEC 61508:2010 and use the company’s certified Libero tool chain to accelerate certification time, says Microsemi.

The functional safety certification of Libero v11.5 SP2 supports Microsemi’s Igloo and ProASIC3 FPGA families, as well as many intellectual property (IP) blocks, in functional safety applications in accordance with IEC 61508 up to SIL 3.

Using the new Functional Safety Data Package with the certified version of Libero makes it easier to pass functional safety assessments, accelerating the time to certification. Designers are also able to leverage the benefits of Microsemi’s differentiating FPGA features, including single event upset (SEU) immunity, instant-on and lower power.

As part of Microsemi’s commitment to IEC 61508 safety-critical applications, the Libero SoC software is suitable for FPGA designs targeting applications within the industrial, medical, locomotive, avionics and defence markets such as robotics, transportation controls, drones and other applications where human life could be at risk if electronics fail. The Functional Safety Data Package includes information on relevant devices and their capabilities; Libero SoC Design Suite v11.5 SP2, certified by TÜV Rheinland; Libero SoC documentation; relevant IP cores and associated documentation; and IEC 61508 Safety Data Manual.

Functional safety has become increasingly important as designers depend upon the ability to detect a potentially dangerous condition and activate a protective or corrective device to prevent hazardous events. The IEC

61508 Functional Safety of Electrical/Electronic/Programmable Electronic

(E/E/PE) Safety Related Systems and other standards continue to be updated. Validating the scope of the issue, the 2016 Wilson Research Group Functional Verification Study reported 44 per cent of users were working on projects for safety-critical designs under various standards.

The Functional Safety Data Package is available for purchase now.

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