As the IoT moves more into the consumer realm, chip manufacturers see the safety-critical processor as an important growth market


Chip designer ARM has released a microprocessor designed for real-time applications where safety is critical such as automotive, robotics and healthcare.

The new processor design, the Cortex R-52, has been in development for five years. It will meet safety standards such as IEC 61508 SIL 3 and ISO 26262 ASIL D, which should enable adoption by automotive manufacturers and makers of surgical robots.

The new chip is able to switch between tasks 14 times faster than its predecessor the Cortex R-5, said John Ronco, vice president of product marketing at ARM, who said the design has already been commercially licensed, including to electronics and semiconductor firm STMicroelectronics.

Among the more visible applications of the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) is the arrival of driverless cars and robots that assist surgeons with very delicate operations where human hands are too imprecise to operate effectively. These IoT applications, where machine-human interaction could cause risk of injury or death, are growing in number and importance.


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