Latest release of Tricore processor toolset improves software quality

Latest release of Tricore processor toolset improves software quality

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

With the toolset and embedded compiler, engineers are equipped to optimize their code to deliver the best possible performance and safety in multi-core application designs, promises Altium. The latest release 6.2 of its automotive tool brand Tasking includes several new features and improvements that help embedded systems developers to avoid code vulnerabilities, improve safety verification procedures, and strengthen overall development performance, including MISRA C:2012 Amendment 1 and a Memory Protection Unit (MPU) Configuration Data Generator for the TriCore architecture. The Aurix microcontrollers are an implementation of the TriCore architecture.

The amendment for MISRA C:2012 lays out additional guidelines to improve the coverage of safety concerns, specifically to provide rules and guidelines which ensure that common programming pitfalls are avoided.

For Aurix derivatives, the linker supports a new feature to generate information to set up the Memory Protection Unit (MPU) for a specific application. This allows for the partitioning of code and data into different safety groups on the MPU while memory access violations can be easily detected using the safety checker analysis, even before the MPU is enabled or any hardware is connected. 

The Tasking VX-Toolset for TriCore version 6.2 not only comes with the latest features and improvements to enhance safety and performance procedures, but also signifies the first release under Automotive SPICE (Software Process Improvement and Capability Determination) Level 2 process certification. ASPICE certification is only awarded to companies that demonstrate the development process quality required to ensure the safety and reliability of modern automotive systems. This achievement is a testament to the top-tier development process that Tasking applies to provide quality, reliable products.   

The Tasking VX-toolset for TriCore 6.2 is available now with a 14-day trial version on request. Existing customers with a maintenance contract can upgrade to the new release for free.

More details on new features and improvements in the Tasking VX-toolset for TriCore v6.2 are available in the product Release Notes.



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