Software tool helps users to cope with ISO 26262

October 26, 2011 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Functional safety is a paramount topic for automotive electronics designers - so important that the most important rules and best practices for functional safety have been compiled and turned into an international standard - ISO 26262. A software tool helps auto electronics designers to handle this standard.

The latest version V6.2f of the RiskCAT software tool supports the FDIS (Final Draft International Standard) of the automotive standard ISO 26262. RiskCAT helps the user to cope with this standard. For instance, all measures of this standard can be listed, which have at a given ASIL (Automotive Safety Integrity Level) the obligation “highly recommended”. Furthermore, for instance, all measures related to a given keyword or a given work product can be selected.

The FDIS was released officially in April 2011 and replaces the hitherto draft (DIS – Draft International Standard). Because the standard 26262 is a derivation of the general standard IEC 61508 for safety-related electronic systems, RiskCAT also disposes of an (optional) comparison module, which highlights the differences resp. equalities of the two standards.

RiskCAT features optional interfaces to popular requirement management tools like DOORS. Therefore, a catalogue of measures to be enforced for the development of a safety-related electronic system which was worked out using RiskCAT can form the basis of the requirements for the project. The software tool is available from Hitex Development Tools GmbH.

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