Renesas announced the extension of the RX Functional Safety solution with its new Functional Safety over EtherCAT (FSoE) Application Software Kit. This software offering supports functional safety on EtherCAT from a semiconductor manufacturer. RX Functional Safety solution is made for industrial automation applications that reduces the complexity of IEC 61508 SIL3 (Note 1) certification.
Renesas’ new FSoE software is based on the FSoE standard published by the EtherCAT Technology Group. Developers can obtain an FSoE protocol stack in addition to an RX microcontroller (MCU) with functional safety support and the software – all in a single package. This allows the quick implementation of communication functions needed to support functional safety, such as essential alarms indicating danger or emergency stop signals using an RX MCU.