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Date: 26-11-13

SafeAssure kit, a dev platform for industrial electronics safety assurance

Freescale Semiconductor and MicroSys Electronics GmbH have collaborated in developing SafeAssure kit, a development platform for industrial electronics engineers to make their equipment meet key functional safety standards. The kit is designed to help reduce component redundancies, lower bill of material costs and speed development of systems used in factory automation, transportation, aerospace, defense and more.

The miriac-EK5744 kit helps in evaluating, designing and prototyping applications which must meet safety standards such as the European Commission’s 2006/42/EC Machinery Directive, the IEC 61508 (2010) and 62061 (2005) safety standards, as well as the ISO 13849 (2008) standard. MicroSys and Freescale are additionally working with international certifying organization TÜV SÜD on a concept assessment of the miriac-EK5744 kit.

“MicroSys is recognized worldwide for its industrial acumen and exceptional quality,” said Ray Cornyn, vice president of Automotive Microcontroller Products at Freescale. “This SafeAssure kit is a great example of the kind of innovation that is possible when industrial market technology leaders join forces to address challenging marketplace requirements.”

The SafeAssure kit from MicroSys (miriac-EK5744) integrates Freescale’s 32-bit Qorivva MPC5744P microcontroller (MCU) and the MC33907 system power management IC with physical transceivers. These Freescale components are part of the Freescale SafeAssure program.

“With their SafeAssure program, Freescale is the ideal partner for establishing our new range of miriac functional safety kits. Their highly integrated safety MCU architectures and advanced analog technologies are ideal for the miriac-EK5744 kit,” said Dieter Pfeiffer, CEO of MicroSys Electronics GmbH. “Other safety kits require more board components to deliver the functionality required to meet today’s demanding safety standards, but Freescale’s Qorivva MPC5744P integrates advanced dual lock-step cores, together with many other integrated safety features, allowing for a single-MCU based development platform that delivers the performance and functionality that industrial customers demand from next-generation equipment.”

Availability: The SafeAssure kit from MicroSys (miriac-EK5744) is expected to be available for purchase in the first quarter of 2014.

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