Fast Route to Safety-Compliant Appliances: Free VDE Certified

Neubiberg, Germany, Monday, September 30, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) 
Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) today announced the
availability of a free VDE certified IEC 60730 self-test library for its XMC1000
and XMC4000 families of industrial 32-bit microcontrollers. With the Infineon
Class B library packages, the XMC1000 and XMC4000 families satisfy the
requirements defined by IEC 60730 Class B, a standard which is mandatory since
October 2007 for the safety of household appliances sold in Europe. The standard
affects all electronic controls used in home appliances to prevent unsafe
operation, e.g. cookers and motor controls for dishwashers, refrigerators,
dryers, cloth washers, and fans. In order to get household products certified,
embedded microcontrollers have to perform certain self-tests to prove that they
are running correctly at all times. 
VDE is the German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information
Technologies and one of Europe's largest technical and scientific associations
with more than 36,000 members. VDE provides an independent test and
certification institute. 
XMC hardware functions meet Class B requirements  
The XMC microcontrollers integrate all hardware functions to meet Class B
requirements, such as a CRC engine and watchdog with an independent clock.
Combining these with the free self-test software library that offers detailed
tests and diagnostic methods, XMC microcontrollers support a very effective
approach to implement the related safety functionality for Class B
certification. In addition to the startup tests such as reset mechanism, memory
test (RAM, Flash, ECC and parity), clock system test (source, PLL and
oscillators) and core tests, a rich set of runtime tests is provided. As a
consequence, test routines on the CPU and on the microcontroller peripherals
evaluated by a safety period monitoring mechanism ensure exact achievement of
the Class B requirements on extremely high diagnostic coverage. The modular
library design allows easy integration of startup tests and runtime tests into
the application software or the customers' software designs. 
XMC microcontrollers at a glance 
Specifically developed to replace low-end 8-bit industrial MCUs, XMC1000
microcontrollers offer 32-bit performance at 8-bit prices and are targeted for
use in household appliances. XMC1000 microcontrollers combine the ARM®
Cortex™-M0 processor with an advanced 32-bit peripheral set. Target
applications include sensor and actuator systems, LED lighting, digital power
conversion, such as uninterruptible power supplies, and simple motor drives,
such as those used in household appliances, pumps, fans and e-bikes.  
XMC4000 microcontrollers are based on the ARM® Cortex™-M4 processor and offer
application-optimized peripherals and outstanding real-time capability for
electric drives, solar inverters and the automation of manufacturing and
buildings. With flexible timers, fast ADCs, fast and robust Flash memory,
extended temperature ranges of up to 125 °C and support for a large number of
communications protocols they are well-suited for applications that improve
energy efficiency. 
Both the XMC1000 and XMC4000 are supported by the free, integrated development
platform DAVE, which makes development of application-oriented software
user-friendly and eases transition between the XMC1000 and XMC4000 families.  
Cooperation with embedded systems solutions provider 
In the field of Class B software library Infineon today cooperates with the
embedded systems solutions provider Hitex Development Tools. Hitex provides the
Class B software library for the XMC microcontrollers and supports XMC users to
receive certification through VDE.  
Availability 
The Class B Certified packages are available for all products of the XMC4000 and
XMC1000 families. They comprise the complete library and documentation.
 
Further information 
The free software library supporting single-channel architecture with periodic
self-test routines to be called at system startup or periodically at system run
time is available at www.infineon.com/classB.  
Further product information for the XMC4000 and XMC1000 families is available at
www.infineon.com/xmc. DAVE is available as a free download from the Infineon
website at www.infineon.com/dave. 
Further information on Hitex is available at www.hitex.com 
About Infineon  
Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, Germany, offers semiconductor and system
solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy
efficiency, mobility, and security. In the 2012 fiscal year (ending September
30), the Company reported sales of Euro 3.9 billion with close to 26,700
employees worldwide. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker
symbol: IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International
Premier (ticker symbol: IFNNY). 
Further information is available at www.infineon.com
This news release is available online at www.infineon.com/press 
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Fast Route to Safety-Compliant Appliances: Free VDE Certified Library for XMC
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Media contact details 
Monika Sonntag, Worldwide Headquarters,
Infineon Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.,
+49 89 234 24497,
monika.sonntag@infineon.com 
Chi Kang David Ong - Asia,
Infineon Technologies AG,
+65 6876 3070,
david.ong@infineon.com 
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