ARM and Green Hills Software Deliver Best in Class Automotive Performance

February 16, 2015

Cambridge, UK, Feb. 16 - ARM and Green Hills Software announce they have collaborated on an optimized compiler for the ARM® Cortex®-R5 processor that delivers record-setting automotive performance, enabling the Cortex-R5 processor to meet the needs of the most challenging automotive applications more cost-effectively than any other MCU solution currently available. EEMBC® Labs have certified the Green Hills compiler, version 2015.1 as having achieved a performance score of 1.01EEMBC Automarks/MHz on the Cortex-R5 automotive MCUs from Spansion. This represents a 30% increase on previous performance scores.

The Green Hills toolchain has a strong functional safety pedigree – having received certificates by accredited independent agencies TÜV Nord and Exida at the highest levels of automotive and industrial functional safety, including ISO 26262 ASIL D and IEC 61508 SIL4. This combined level of certification and performance will enable the Cortex-R5 to deliver performance, safety and cost advantages to automotive systems developers as it eliminates the need for custom MCU architectures.

"Processor and compiler technology go hand in hand, and ARM's investment in supporting and working with its development tools ecosystem is unrivalled," said Richard York, vice president, embedded marketing, ARM. "The automotive and industrial markets are demanding multi-sourced, powerful and standardized MCUs supported by well-established tool chains such as Green Hills. In an industry where safety is a critical success factor, the reputation that ARM's ecosystem enjoys with top tier OEMs and suppliers is a major advantage."

"Green Hills Software is pleased to see our continued collaboration with architecture specialists at ARM raise the bar for automotive and industrial code performance on ARM processors," said Dan Mender, vice president, business development, Green Hills Software. "Cortex-R5 supports powerful performance and safety features that our latest compiler optimizations unlock for customers choosing this industry-proven processor in performance-sensitive markets."

The Spansion Traveo™ family of Cortex-R5 based automotive MCUs builds upon the highly successful Cortex-R4 based FCR4 family, providing scalability, real-time processing and high-performance in applications where safety is paramount.

"An Automark score of 192 for a cost-effective automotive grade MCU at this price point sets a new bar for affordable MCUs in body, driver information and powertrain applications," said Takeshi Fuse, senior vice president, automotive MCUs, Spansion. "Combined with the recent announcement from ARM of a comprehensive safety package for the Cortex-R5 processor for ISO 26262 and IEC 61058 applications, we expect a further boost to the growing momentum of Cortex-R5 and the Spansion Traveo family in automotive and industrial safety products."

Building upon the wide adoption of the Cortex-R processor family in automotive and industrial applications, there have been a number of recent new products based on the Cortex-R5 processor. The Cortex-R5 provides advanced fault management features and a comprehensive safety package for a wide range of ISO and IEC standards. The unrivalled choice of MCU suppliers and the widest ecosystem offer industrial and automotive OEMs and tier one suppliers assurance of supply.



Andy Winstanley
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Director of corporate PR, ARM  

Barbel French
Director, corporate communications, Green Hills Software  

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