Texas Instruments and Hitex Development Tools introduce SafeTIā„¢ Hitex Safety Kit, helping ease development of safety-critical applications

Kit provides a platform capable of injecting faults, profiling run-time of fault diagnostics and observing response in real-time to help evaluate safety-critical designs.

DALLAS, TX (June 12, 2013) – Today, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN),

in collaboration with Hitex Development Tools, introduces the new SafeTI™ Hitex Safety Kit, enabling developers to evaluate SafeTI components for use in their designs requiring compliance to functional safety standards such as ISO26262 and IEC 61508. The state-of-the-art kit provides an example system with capabilities for hardware fault injection, application and run-time profiling of fault diagnostics and system response monitoring in real-time.

The SafeTI Hitex Safety Kit enables customers to easily evaluate performance of SafeTI components for use in their safety-critical designs. The cost-effective hardware platform allows customers to evaluate the individual TI hardware components, either Hercules™ TMS570LS31x microcontrollers (MCUs) or RM48x MCUs and TPS65381-Q1 power management integrated circuit (PMIC) – with TI’s Hercules SafeTI Diagnostic Library.

Features and benefits of the SafeTI Hitex Safety Kit:

· Enables customers to evaluate SafeTI components for potential use in designs requiring functional safety and targeting compliance to functional safety standards such as IEC 61508 and ISO 26262.

· Integrates key capabilities for fault injection, application of diagnostics, reaction monitoring and run-time profiling of fault diagnostic routines for the example system.

· Provides a demo software application which can be used as a starting point for evaluating TI Hercules MCU and PMIC combination chipset.

· Offers a user-friendly, host-based graphical-user interface (GUI) that provides capability to inject faults, apply diagnostics, profile run-time of fault diagnostics, time-stamp system response and set configurations; and communicates with the development board to request status information enabling visualization of system response timing.

· Includes a second MCU on the evaluation board, which acts as test control and monitor unit, and manages communication with the GUI.

· Includes an on-board JTAG emulator, accelerometer, CAN transceiver, LCD module, temperature sensor and host/debug interface with a USB HUB controller and a serial communication port converter.

· Utilizes an industry-standard DIMM form factor with 100-pin connector footprint for plugging into select TI motor control kits.

· Supports use of select non-TI third-party debug tools with a 20-pin external JTAG header for further design flexibility.

· Includes user-friendly documentation including a quick-start tutorial, user’s guide, hardware schematics, and documentation for the diagnostic library to help ease evaluation and kit use.

· Provides easy-to-use SafeTI Hercules software framework, which makes it easy to start development of safety-critical applications using SafeTI components. The SafeTI software framework includes:

o HALCoGen, a GUI-based code-generation tool

o SafeTI Hercules Diagnostic Library, offering a simple interface and a framework for enabling safety diagnostics/features recommended by the safety manuals of the Hercules MCU and the TPS65381-Q1 PMIC.

o Evaluation version of SAFERTOS® from Wittenstein High Integrity Systems.

· Includes well-documented source code for the demo application, the monitoring application and the diagnostic library.

· Provides latest version of TI’s Eclipse-based Code Composer Studio™ IDE for use with the emulator.

Availability and ordering

The SafeTI Hitex Safety Kits are available for order now from Hitex Development Tools:

· $499 for the Hercules RM48x MCU-based SafeTI Hitex Safety Kit for medical and industrial designs.

· $499 for the Hercules TMS570LS31x MCU-based SafeTI Hitex Safety Kit for automotive and transportation designs.

For more information:

· TI’s SafeTI web page: www.ti.com/herc-hitex-pr-lp5

· Hercules MCUs: www.ti.com/herc-hitex-pr-lp3

· Hitex Development Tools: www.ti.com/herc-hitex-pr-lp4

TI’s broad portfolio of microcontrollers (MCUs) and software
Leading the industry in MCUs for low-power, real-time control, safety and connectivity and, TI continues its 20+ years of microcontroller innovation to offer the broadest microcontroller portfolio in the industry: Ultra-low-power MSP MCUs, real-time control C2000™ MCUs, Tiva™ ARM® MCUs and Hercules™ ARM MCUs. Designers can accelerate time to market by tapping into TI´s tools, software, wireless connectivity solutions, extensive Design Network offerings and technical support.