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Functional Safety for ISO 26262, IEC 61508, IEC 60730 and IEC 62304

Robustness, reliability and safety of end-products are becoming ever more important. In some application segments these requirements are formalized and mandatory, while in others this is implemented to differentiate the product and take the step from a good product to an excellent product.

The standards for functional safety depend on the market that is targeted. Many standards support multiple levels of rigorousness, which are applied depending on the likelihood and severity of the hazard. The methods of addressing hazards range from detecting single failures and putting the system into a safe state, to full redundancy where failures should not only be detected but also corrected without any interruption or degradation of service.

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ISO 26262 (ASIL): Functional Safety for Automotive Applications

Automotive ISO 26262 Functional Safety - ASIL B ASIL C

Automotive Safety Integrity Levels for electrical and electronic systems used in series production road vehicles, excluding mopeds

IEC 61508 (SIL): Functional Safety for Industrial Applications

Industrial ICE 61508 Functional Safety - SIL

Safety Integrity Levels for safety-critical electrical and electronic systems used in industrial applications

IEC 60730: Functional Safety Standard for Household Appliances

Home Appliance IEC 60730 Safety - Class B
Safety standards for automatic controls in equipment designed to operate in households

IEC 62304: Functional Safety for Medical Devices

Medical Device IEC 62304 Safety

Safety and effectiveness of medical device software and software life cycle processes

Functional Safety Ready Products

When safety is critical to the success of your design, you can count on Microchip’s proven experience to help you meet functional safety requirements while minimizing cost and development time. Our broad portfolio of functional safety ready products includes microcontrollers, digital signal controllers, and interface and connectivity solutions that are recommended for design into your functional safety applications. Products that contain the “Functional Safety Ready” designation have been carefully selected to encompass the latest hardware safety features and support collateral to help you achieve ISO 26262, IEC 61508, IEC 60730 and IEC 62304 safety certification. We offer the following resources:

  • AEC-Q100-qualified silicon with specialized hardware safety features
  • Failure Modes, Effects, and Diagnostic Analysis (FMEDA) report to quantify the device’s fault modes via Failure-In-Time (FIT) rate distribution
  • Functional Safety Manual that provides recommendations on how the device should be used for the safest operation
  • TÜV SÜD-certified MPLAB® XC compilers and third-party certified compiler support for a fully qualified and complete development environment
Functional Safety MCUs and Connectivity for ASIL B, ASIL C, SIL 2, Class B
Functional Safety-Ready Products

The Functional Safety Manual provides details on the fault detection methods named in the FMEDA report. It includes a description of dependent failures and hardware features for detecting systematic failures, which can be used for developing diagnostic libraries. For our select product families, we also offer diagnostic software libraries that include ASIL B and ASIL C compliant libraries for ISO 26262-based automotive designs, SIL 2 compliant libraries for IEC 61508-based industrial designs, and IEC 60730 Class B compliant libraries. Third-party tools, including benchmarking software and compliance management tools (LDRA), are also available for specific devices. The MPLAB XC compilers for functional safety include all the documentation and reports needed to have a fully qualified ISO 26262, IEC 61508, IEC 62304 and IEC 60730 development environment. These packages now include classification documents.

In addition to the Functional Safety Ready controllers, Microchip offers a wide portfolio of PIC, AVR and SAM microcontrollers and dsPIC33 digital signal controllers that also support IEC 60730 compliant VDE- and UL-certified Class B libraries, offering you a range of options to select a device for your household appliance design.

MICROCONTROLLERS (MCUs) and
DIGITAL SIGNAL CONTROLLERS (DSCs)
AVR® and PIC® MCUsPIC24 MCUs and dsPIC® DSCsSAM and PIC32 MCUs
IEC 60730 Class B LibraryYesYesYes
IEC 61508 SIL Library-Releasing Soon*Yes
ISO 26262 ASIL Library*YesYesYes (In Development)
AUTOSAR®/MCAL*-YesYes
Safety Manual*YesYesYes
FMEDA Reports*YesYesYes
Capacitive Touch Libraries**Yes-Yes
TÜV SÜD-Certified CompilersMPLAB® XC8MPLAB XC16MPLAB XC32 and
Third-Party Certified Compilers
Code Coverage ToolsMPLAB Code Coverage or third-party tools from vendors such as LDRA

* To access our device-specific safety-related content, all of which are available under NDA, please contact your local Microchip Sales Office or request a meeting with Microchip.
**Turnkey capacitive touch controllers, such as the AT42QT1481, are available.

Interface and Connectivity ProductsCAN and CAN FD DevicesLIN DevicesEthernet
AUTOSAR/MCALYesYesYes
Safety ManualYesYesYes
FMEDA ReportsYesYesYes

Development Ecosystem for Functional Safety Applications

When you are designing functional safety applications, using development tools that are certified for functional safety can make it easier for you to qualify the tools used in your design. To help you with implementing system-level functional safety in your applications, we provide the documentation needed for functional safety qualification for the MPLAB® development ecosystem along with our TÜV SÜD-certified MPLAB XC compilers.

Our third-party partners also offer safety-certified compilers and tools supporting many of our products.

Vendor/ProductDescription
IAR Embedded Workbench for Arm®ISO 26262, IEC 61508, IEC 62304 and IEC 60730 safety standards


Functional Safety Design Partners

Whether you are new to functional safety or a seasoned expert, your safety development and certification can be often be accelerated by involving functional safety design partners early in your project. Our Functional Safety Design Partners have demonstrated their knowledge of functional safety and can assist you with developing projects according to the requirements specified in the ISO 26262, IEC 61508, IEC 60730 and IEC 62304 standards.

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