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Green Hills INTEGRITY RTOS Receives CENELEC EN 50128 Railway Safety Certification

SWSIL 4 Certification Helps Customers Accelerate Product Deployment While Enabling Higher System Reliability


CENELEC EN 50128, railway certification, IEC 61508, SWSIL 4 certification, INTEGRITY
CENELEC EN 50128, industrial safety certification, SWSIL 4, TUV

Nuremberg, Germany —March 2, 2010 — Embedded World 2010, Hall 10 Booth 10-319 — Green Hills Software, Inc., the largest independent vendor of embedded software solutions, today announced that its Platform for Industrial Safety has expanded its safety certification support by achieving a SWSIL 4 certification for its INTEGRITY® RTOS (real-time operating system) against the stringent CENELEC EN 50128 standard, which targets software for railway control and protection systems. Certified by both TÜV and Exida, INTEGRITY has received the highest assurance level possible against this safety standard for an individual software component, such as an operating system.

The certified INTEGRITY operating system forms the core of the Green Hills Platform for Industrial Safety, a comprehensive solution comprised of tools, operating system, secure guest OS virtualization, services, and middleware aimed at reliability-critical industrial control, transportation, railway, nuclear control and automation systems. By incorporating the Green Hills certified operating system into safety-critical systems, along with available middleware and support services from Green Hills, customers significantly reduce their risks, development costs, and time to certify their end products.

"As one of the largest technical service providers in Germany and a leader in functional safety certification services, TÜV NORD SysTec sees a growing demand for functional safety requirements in many new control system design starts," commented Gerhard Rieger, Dipl.-Ing, TÜV NORD SysTec. "By achieving the EN 50128 safety certification for its INTEGRITY operating system, Green Hills is positioned to support this growing demand with safety-proven solutions for its end customers."

By adopting Green Hills Software’s safety-certified INTEGRITY RTOS, developers are able to safely partition independent applications of multiple levels of safety criticality concurrently on a single processor and platform. The INTEGRITY safety-proven architecture enables applications to be partitioned in a way to ensure that an error or failure in one application cannot impact or compromise another application.

"This new certification gives Green Hills customers who are building railway and transportation systems a proven safety platform to base their software applications on," commented Rainer Faller, managing director, Exida GmbH. "Green Hills has always been a leader in delivering safe, secure solutions to its customers and its Platform for Industrial Safety is a leading example."

"The growth worldwide in new railway and transportation design projects is significant. And with this comes significant growth in software complexity and code size for these new designs," commented Dan Mender, vice president business development, Green Hills Software. "With the addition of the EN 50128 safety certification for railway/transportation, the Green Hills Platform for Industrial Safety, along with its large contingent of partners in this market, provides our end customers with the shortest time-to-market, least risk approach for development and delivery of these critical next-generation systems."

The Green Hills Platform for Industrial Safety delivers the following: INTEGRITY real-time operating system with certification by TÜV and Exida to the International Electrotechnical Commission IEC 61508 and CENELEC EN 50128 standards at Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL 3) and Safety Integrity Level 4 (SWSIL 4) respectively; a safety manual; IEC 61508 SIL 3 and EN 50128 SWSIL 4 certificates and reports; a MULTI Confidence-from-Use report (optional), along with optional middleware and a broad group of industry leading partners targeting the industrial and functional safety marketplace.

About EN50128
The railway industry requirements are defined by CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization. The standard EN 50128 "software for railway control and protection systems" represents the railway application-specific interpretation of the international standard series - IEC 61508 (functional safety of electrical/ electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems). The EN 50128 standard describes software safety integrity levels and identifies requirements for personnel and their responsibilities, lifecycle issues and documentation. Meeting the well-defined, stringent EN 50128 requirements involves supporting a systematic development process, emphasizing requirements traceability, criticality analysis and validation.

SUPPORTING PARTNER QUOTES

Freescale Semiconductor
"Green Hills Software’s safety certification expansion to its Platform for Industrial Safety increases an already strong joint offering between a leading independent software provider and Freescale, a leading microprocessor provider to the industrial market. Green Hills’ complete coverage for our Power Architecture, QorIQ, i.MX and ColdFire line of processors offer customers the broadest range of choices when designing next-generation devices for industrial, railway/transportation and medical markets."

Reza Kazerounian, senior vice president and general manager, Microcontroller Solutions Group,
Freescale Semiconductor


Texas Instruments
"Green Hills Software’s safety-proven, scalable support for our ARM-based Stellaris and Sitara families has been key to growing design win success with both industrial and medical customers worldwide. With the Green Hills Platform for Industrial Safety, our customers can seamlessly utilize a superior development environment coupled with a safe and secure operating system offering for our Cortex M3, ARM926 and Cortex A8 processors. This ultimately helps our customers achieve the highest system reliability in the shortest design timeframe."
Ram Sathappan, ARM End Equipments Manager, Texas Instruments


Vector Software
"Vector Software and Green Hills have been working together for over ten years, delivering software solutions to numerous safety markets including industrial, railway and medical. Vector’s tight integration with Green Hills INTEGRITY RTOS and MULTI integrated development environment and our joint ability to meet the EN 50128 software verification requirements, greatly reduces time-to-certification and time-to-market as a result from this partnership."
William McCaffrey, co-founder, Vector Software


Esterel Technologies
"Esterel Technologies is a leader in providing model-based development and verification tools for mission- and safety-critical embedded systems, and is tailored for the CENELEC EN 50128 standard. With Green Hills Software’s new safety certification for its INTEGRITY operating system, coupled with Esterel’s SCADE suite for generating EN 50128-certified application code, customers can develop and deploy safe, CENELEC-certified software solutions in record time and with significant cost savings."
Jim McElroy, vice president, corporate marketing and business development, Esterel Technologies


Raima, a Division of Birdstep Technology
"As one of the leading providers of advanced embedded database technologies for programs within the safety and security market, Raima applauds Green Hills Software’s accomplishment in receiving this additional safety certification for its INTEGRITY operating system. The product combination of the Green Hills Platform for Industrial Safety and Raima’s proven embedded database solutions deliver increased system reliability with reduced time-to-market for customers’ next-generation railway and industrial programs."
Steinar Sande, CEO, Raima


Swell Software / Trinity Convergence
"Our PEG® line of graphical user interface software has been successfully deployed in numerous safety-related applications on Green Hills operating systems over the last decade. With its latest safety certification targeting railway and transportation, the Green Hills Platform for Industrial Safety combined with our PEG GUI development tools and prototyping software, provides a ready-made platform to address the growing graphics needs in this market in a safe, reliable manner."
Jeff Schline, director, partner and marketing programs, Swell Software


About Green Hills Software

Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software, Inc. is the largest independent vendor of embedded development solutions. In 2008, the Green Hills INTEGRITY-178B RTOS was the first and only operating system to be certified by the NSA to EAL6+ High Robustness, the highest level of security ever achieved for any software product. Our open architecture integrated development solutions address deeply embedded, absolute security and high-reliability applications for the military/avionics, medical, industrial, automotive, networking, consumer and other markets that demand industry-certified solutions. Green Hills Software is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with European headquarters in the United Kingdom. Visit Green Hills Software at www.ghs.com.

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