LDRA, working in standards compliance, automated software verification, source code analysis and test tools, has become a partner and trusted adviser to Microchip Technology, enabling customers to meet functional-safety requirements. Microchip, a provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog, and Flash-IP solutions, recommends LDRA tools for applications that must comply with functional-safety standards, including ISO 26262 for road vehicles, IEC 61508 for industrial safety systems, and EN 50128 for rail transportation systems.

The partnership offers seamless integration of the LDRA tool suite with Microchip’s award-winning MPLAB X Integrated Development Environment and MPLAB XC compilers. The LDRA tools focus on compliance while leveraging the MPLAB tools for comprehensive support of Microchip’s line of more than 1000 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers and DSCs.

Microchip’s customers now have easy access, directly from the Microchip store, to the LDRA tools that enable coding standards compliance. For instance, LDRArules with an integration plug-in for the MPLAB X IDE (part #SW500320) is available now on microchipDIRECT.com. Other software quality tools for dynamic coverage analysis, as well as unit/integration testing, are available directly from LDRA.

“LDRA’s ability to analyse embedded applications developed for our PIC MCUs and dsPIC DSCs enables customers to fully verify that their software meets rigorous safety standards,” said Steven Vernier, Microchip’s functional safety manager. “With more than 40 years’ experience in functional-safety compliance and certification, LDRA brings gold-standard expertise to our customers. Their tools step designers through functional-safety compliance, streamlining the process.”

In its role as trusted advisor, LDRA has delivered a series of educational seminars and training for Microchip’s field application engineering team. These seminars cover compliant application-development processes and identify the steps developers must take to enforce programming guidelines, measure code coverage and complexity, perform unit test, and verify a software application. Because the LDRA tool suite is fully integrated with Microchip’s MPLAB development software, customers can easily learn how to apply coding standards and automated software verification on their Microchip devices in order to achieve safety-critical compliance.

“Microchip delivers platforms that significantly reduce the development efforts and BOM costs for manufacturers,” noted Ian Hennell, LDRA’s operations director. “The LDRA tool suite provides full verification and our hallmark rigorous level of functional safety for applications developed on Microchip’s extensive and cost-effective PIC microcontroller portfolio. This is particularly essential for automotive and medical applications.”