The Renesas electronics corporation has extended its RX Functional Safety solution, with the release of its Functional Safety over EtherCAT (FSoE) Application Software Kit for industrial automation applications. Developers can obtain FSoE protocol stack, RX microcontroller (MCU) along with safety support, and the software in one single package, this will speed up the development of industrial equipment incorporating FSoE.
With the help of FSOE, developers can quickly implement communication functions that support functional safety, such as essential alarms indicating danger or emergency stop signals. With the new FSoE, the RX Functional Safety extends its support to all MCUs built around the RXv3 core, along with the previously supported MCUs built around RXv1 and RXv2 cores. The new software eliminates the need for developing MCU-specific functional safety software, hence they can focus on developing their own application software.