Altium Limited, a specialist in Smart System Design Automation, 3D PCB design (Altium Designer) and embedded software development (TASKING), has announced the immediate availability of their TASKING ISO 26262 Support Program, which assists TASKING compiler users within the automotive industry with ISO 26262 certification.
Automotive embedded systems must be underpinned by high reliability and safety and safety issues can be compounded when numerous systems have to interoperate with one another. Embedded software forms a critical path in systems such as Driver Assistance, Propulsion, In-Vehicle Dynamics, and Active and Passive Safety Devices. To mitigate the compounding safety risks associated with these embedded systems, the ISO 26262 standard provides guidance along with requirements and processes for testing and certifying automotive embedded software and development tools for safety.
Altium has launched its TASKING ISO 26262 Support Program to provide automakers and parts suppliers with a qualification kit and optional qualification services to comply with ISO 26262 assessment requirements related to confidence in use of TASKING compilers in safety relevant systems.
Through the TASKING compiler ISO 26262 qualification kit, Altium is able to provide a cost-efficient solution, that supports both ”increased confidence from use” and ”validation of the software tool” qualification methods. It provides customers with all the necessary evidence that ISO 26262 requires for the qualification of a software tool. This evidence includes the following elements:
- Safety Manual, describing how to configure the compiler for safety-related projects, including recommended use cases and mitigation strategies for potential errors.
- Test Reports produced by the Perennial C Compiler Validation Suite test suite, which demonstrates conformance to ISO C90 and ISO C99 language definition.
- Defect Reports & Mitigations, provided for all defects found through Altium internal testing and reported by users. These reports are updated and published on a daily basis.
- Development Process Guide, describing the software development process applied to produce the compiler, and covers project management, requirements management, defect analysis & resolution, testing, and quality assurance.
TASKING”s optional qualification services are offered to integrate the guidance provided by the safety kit with customer specific use-cases. These services provide access to the in-depth knowledge of the tool-supplier about the compiler and its development process which is valuable for tool classification against other safety standards such as DO-178C/DO-330 and EN 50128.
The Support Program also provides a suite of professional services from Altium, including special ISO 26262 priority support and guidance for commercial off-the-shelf software tool qualification, where the qualification activities are partly performed by the “tool developer” and partly by the “tool user”.