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Infineon, Wind River Collaborate for Integrated Software Tools Portfolio


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December 22, 2011

Infineon, Wind River Collaborate for Integrated Software Tools Portfolio

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Wind River (News - Alert), which sells embedded and mobile software, is collaborating with Infineon Technologies (News - Alert) as part of what officials of Wind River are calling “a multiyear partnership to extend its integrated software tools portfolio.”

The goal is to optimize Wind River Diab Compiler for the TriCore microcontroller architecture of Infineon, including the latest AUDO MAX and future TriCore families. Wind River officials say its update to Diab Compiler includes enhancements for TriCore architecture, and results in increased performance and a smaller software footprint.

The two companies say they will continue to collaborate on automotive specific compiler requirements such as the need for compiler compliance with the latest ISO 26262 standard. The new standard is an adaptation of the Functional Safety standard IEC (News - Alert) 61508 for automotive electric/electronic systems.

In October TMC had the news that  Infineon Technologies ranked as the global market leader in power semiconductors for the eighth consecutive year. According to IMS Research data, Infineon again strengthened its position in 2010 and commands an 11.2 percent share of the overall market, ahead of Toshiba (News - Alert) (6.8 percent), STMicroelectronics (6.5 percent) and Mitsubishi (6.5 percent).

The IMS Research study shows that Infineon holds a market share of 8.6 percent in the discrete power semiconductor segment, making the company the clear number one there for the first time.

The Infineon TriCore 32bit mcus are widely used for compute-intensive applications such as power train, passive safety systems and chassis control. According to British journal NewElectronics, Wind River Diab Compiler is “an embedded software tool suite that includes a C/C++ compiler, assembler, linker, ANSI C and C++ libraries and an instruction set simulator that supports a variety of processor architectures,” including ARM (News - Alert), Power, SuperH and TriCore.

“Given the growing complexity in automotive electronic systems as well as the emergence of new safety standards such as ISO 26262, software quality is paramount,” said Tomas Evensen, chief technical officer at Wind River and creator of the original Diab Compiler.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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