Adelaide, Australia (PRWEB) October 04, 2012
VWorks, leader in virtual prototyping solutions, today announced extended support for the multi-core Freescale Semiconductor Qorivva MPC 55xx, 56xx and 57xx microcontrollers. VWorks VLABTM virtual prototyping system helps developers of embedded software and hardware systems accelerate time to market. The Qorivva family of high-performance automotive microcontrollers is leading the market in areas such as the automotive functional safety standard ISO26262, multicore development and on-chip security.
Support for Qorivva MPC 57xx is the latest development in a longstanding partnership between Freescale and VWorks, which includes development of virtual platforms for other devices such as the recently announced Vybrid™ controller family, along with the MPC 55xx and 56xx processors.
Freescale's Qorivva MPC5xxx families of 32-bit microcontrollers built on Power Architecture® Technology are designed for automotive powertrain, body and security, chassis and safety, and driver information applications. Qorivva product families offer multicore architecture, advanced timer systems, powerful motor control solutions and digital signal processing capabilities, all using the same core architecture and basic instruction set.
Freescale’s Qorivva MPC5643L 32-bit MCU was recently granted ISO 26262 certification by exida, an independent accredited assessor, making it the industry’s first semiconductor product to achieve the certification.This Qorivva MCU is based on a multicore architecture with delayed lockstep, I/O processor core, DMA controller, interrupt controller, dual crossbar bus system, memory protection unit, fault collection unit (FCCU), flash memory and RAM controllers, peripheral bus bridge, system and watchdog timers and end-to-end error correction coding (ECC), as well as on-chip redundancy.
VLAB can accelerate software development and debug for Qorivva developers, running AutoSAR OS plus application software. This unifies the development chain, with accelerated time-to-market for downstream automotive electronics partners.
VLAB capabilities include high-performance SystemC simulation; the advantage of multicore debug visibility and controllability, with support for industry standard debuggers; support for automotive standards: CAN, SENT, and AutoSAR OS.
Ross McOuat, Operations Director of EMEA Automotive MCU at Freescale, said “Delivering end to end technology solutions throughout the entire value chain, from semiconductors suppliers, to electronics equipment manufacturers, to car makers, is critical to enable our customers and partners to win in the automotive market today. VLAB virtual prototypes are one such initiative that helps our customers go faster in the market.”
Freescale’s automotive systems program teams utilized VWorks VLAB virtual platforms for multiple automotive 32 bit MCUs, for hardware/ software co-development, resulting in accelerated hardware and software development for multi-core design and debug.
Manfred Thanner, Freescale Technical Staff Systems Engineer, commented, “VLAB virtual platform technology and consulting expertise accelerated our embedded software development for the multi-core Qorivva, with their flexible technology offering allowing us to provide solutions to customers with a range of simulation tooling requirements."
About ASTC / VWorks
ASTC and VWorks serve global markets and supply chains for automotive, transportation, mobile, and multimedia electronics and embedded software. ASTC (Australian Semiconductor Technology Company) is a privately-held hardware and software design services and solutions company. VWorks is a business subsidiary of ASTC, delivering innovative electronic system simulation and virtual prototyping tools and software for embedded system and software developers. VWorks and ASTC are headquartered in Adelaide, Australia, with over 100 staff, and offices in Australia, Europe, Japan, and North America. For more information, see http://www.vworks.com and http://www.astc-design.com.