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TQMa6x: Cortex-A9-Module with INTEGRITY RTOS Support

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Combining the TQ Group's TQ minimodule with the INTEGRITY RTOS creates a solution ideally suited for applications where a high degree of safety is required.

NUREMBERG, GERMANY — November 24, 2015 — SPS IPC DRIVES, Hall 6 Stand 201 and Hall 4 Stand 239 — The TQ Group's TQMa6x based on the i.MX6 processor from Freescale can now be operated together with the INTEGRITY® real-time operating system (RTOS) from Green Hills Software. The TQ minimodule and the INTEGRITY RTOS are ideally suited for applications in which a high degree of safety is required.

The minimodule TQMa6Q-AA based on the i.Mx6 is now supported by the INTEGRITY RTOS from Green Hills Software which is designed to meet the highest requirements regarding safety and reliability. The INTEGRITY RTOS, certified to IEC 61508 SIL 3 and EN 50128 SWSIL 4, is an operating system with a hard real-time, high performance, partitioned architecture with guaranteed resource availability and advanced multicore support.

The INTEGRITY RTOS provides safe separation between applications and guarantees non-interference between applications. Applications can be run with multiple levels of safety on the same processor, or separate certifiable components from non-certifiable components to minimize certification cost.

With the INTEGRITY RTOS supporting the TQMa6x, the module can be used for conventional control jobs and is perfectly suited to applications with a high safety requirement.

The INTEGRITY RTOS's secure partitioning provides protection from external attacks without degradation of the real-time performance or processor capacity. Green Hills Software has also pre-integrated an extensive range of middleware, which saves the developers valuable time and money in project implementation and is supported by the MULTI® integrated development environment (IDE) certified to IEC 61508 SIL 4, EN 50128 SWSIL 4 and ISO 26262 ASIL D. The i.MX6 has both 2D and 3D GPUs that are also fully supported by INTEGRITY.

The combination of reliable hardware from TQ with the INTEGRITY real-time operating system from Green Hills Software forms a solid basis for applications with safety requirements up to SIL 4. Even if adjustments are made for customer projects, this BSP is a good basis for future developments.

All external usable signals of the CPU are available on the TQMa6x module via three cable connectors (2x160 + 1x40 pins) in the 0.8 mm grid. These have been industrially proven by TQ during more than 15 years in service.

The rich and versatile set of peripherals integrated on the module makes it the ideal platform for a variety of application, specifically those taking advantage of virtualization. The powerful and scalable ARM Cortex™-A9 core(s) with a variable clock speed of up to 4x 1GHz offers the perfect match for wide performance range based on the application needs.

A working memory with up to 2 Gbytes DDR3L and up to 128 Mbytes SPI NOR Flash, as well as up to 16GB eMMC Flash for program and data, is implemented on the TQMa6x. The design is completed by an EEPROM, an RTC and a real-time clock battery buffered from the main board.

For medical, automation, railway or shipping applications, this module with its long-term availability, along with the INTEGRITY RTOS and MULTI IDE, is the best choice for products with a long lifecycle. The next collaboration with the INTEGRITY RTOS will be on the TQMLS102xA Layerscape module and should be available by the end of the first quarter of 2016.

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November 24-26, 2015
Hall 4, Stand 239 (TQ-Systems)
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About the TQ Group
As an electronics service provider (EM2S supplier and CEM) TQ offers the complete range of services from development, through production and service right up to product life cycle management. The services cover assemblies, equipment and systems including hardware, software and mechanics. Customers can obtain all services from TQ on a modular basis as individual services and also as a complete package according to their individual requirements. Standard products such as finished microcontroller modules (minimodules), drive and automation solutions complete the range of services.

Through the combination of electronics services and finished system components, TQ offers customer-specific products as ODM products and thereby addresses customers who would like to receive finished products and at the same time benefit from the advantages of a customer-specific solution. ODM products are provided on time and economically using a comprehensive solution kit. The kit includes finished electronic, mechanical and software components including certification and licenses.

The TQ Group employs more than 1,300 colleagues at their sites in Seefeld, Weßling, Murnau, Peißenberg, Peiting, Durach/Allgäu, Wetter/Ruhr, Chemnitz, Leipzig, Neu-Ulm, Fontaines (Switzerland) and Shanghai (China).

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About Green Hills Software
Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software is the largest independent software vendor for the Internet of Things. In 2008, the Green Hills INTEGRITY–178 RTOS was the first and only operating system to be certified by NIAP (National Information Assurance Partnership comprised of NSA & NIST) to EAL 6+, 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

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