VDC Research Presents Eighth Annual Hardware Embeddy Award to Texas Instruments at ESC DESIGN East

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The award honors the company announcing the most cutting-edge product or service in the embedded community.

VDC Research Group, Inc. (VDC), the leading authority on the complex markets for embedded processors, boards and enabling technologies, announced Texas Instruments (TI) as the winner of the annual “Embeddy” hardware award at the 2012 ESC DESIGN East conference. The award recognized the company’s Hercules™ RM46x safety microcontroller as the best in show at the event. The Hercules RM46x safety microcontroller that was presented to the VDC embedded hardware team is also accompanied by a complementary TPS65381-Q1 safe power supply as a SafeTI design package.

The RM46x safety microcontroller was designed for motor control applications applying a safety-development process that follows IEC 61508 requirements. Designed to be SIL3 capable, it includes two ARM Cortex-R4 cores in lockstep where the results of each core are compared at every cycle in hardware. The RM46x then uses additional hardware safety features to verify that correct signals are sent to the motor being controlled and that the motor responds as expected.

VDC Research Embedded Hardware Senior Analyst David Laing noted that “Functional safety research conducted by VDC Research in 2011 found that OEMs and systems integrators are always looking for new components and tools that enable them to safely integrate systems and total solution sets in ways that prevent injuries to humans. To do this, it is important for the controller to have safety features that can detect any malfunction of itself and/or the hardware that it is connected to. VDC believes that the Hercules RM46x microcontrollers go a long way to enable an OEM to produce motorized equipment to more easily achieve SIL ratings. The resulting products are critical to many markets including the process industry, industrial automation and robotics, medical, as well as transportation infrastructure and electric vehicles.”

The hardware award was presented to Texas Instruments on stage preceding Wednesday’s keynote speech. The award was accepted by Dev Pradhan, product line manager for Hercules safety microcontrollers.
“We are truly honored that our new Hercules RM46 safety microcontrollers have been recognized as the top hardware product award at DESIGN East 2012,” said Dev Pradhan, product line manager, Hercules safety microcontrollers, TI. “Recognizing the special challenges our customers’ face when developing safety critical systems we designed our microcontroller with safety features implemented in hardware thus reducing the need for safety software and allowing for more headroom for application differentiation. This makes it easier and faster for our customers to get their products safety certified and in to the market.”

The Embeddy award winners’ product announcements were evaluated based upon their corporate, technological and industry significance and availability. The identification of a VDC Research Embeddy award winner does not constitute an endorsement by VDC Research of any vendor, product or service.

VDC Research is the leading market intelligence firm that provides technology vendors and end users with actionable data and insights that are segment specific, helping them identify growth opportunities and mitigate the risk associated with new market, product development and technology investments. For more information visit: http://www.vdcresearch.com

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