) or "TI" recently launched its SafeTI Compiler Qualification
The kit will assist designers in their use of TI ARM C/C++
compiler in a way that meets safety standards such as IEC 61508
and ISO 26262. The IEC 61508 is an international standard of
rules for maintaining safety standards in an industry. The ISO
26262 is also a safety standard that regulates each product
development phase such as specification, design aspect,
implementation, integration, verification, validation and
The kit has been developed for use with TI ARM Cortex-R4-based
Hercules ARM microcontroller (MCU) platform and is based on tool
qualification methodology developed by Validas. The kit also
includes the SuperTest qualification suite from Associated
Compiler Experts (ACE).
The launch of the new kit will boost TI's broad portfolio of
microcontrollers (MCUs) and software, which includes
ultra-low-power MSP MCUs, real-time control C2000 MCUs, Tiva ARM
MCUs and Hercules ARM MCUs.
Thus, TI's constant endeavor to develop products targeting
different applications such as microcontroller, factory
automation, smart grid, high-voltage power, LED lighting and
control may boost its revenue growth in the future.
In the first quarter of fiscal 2013, TI generated total
revenue of $2.89 billion, which was down 3.2% sequentially and
7.6% year over year (slightly better than the mid-point of the
narrowed guidance range of $2.80 billion to $2.91 billion). The
Analog business fell 1.3% sequentially and 2.3% year over year.
TI attributed the year-over-year decline primarily to SVA, which
continues to shift to a consignment model. HVAL and HPA also
declined but were offset by an increase in the power management
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