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LDRA Optimizes Functional Safety Software Development with Synopsys ARC Processors

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LDRA, the leading provider of automated software verification, source code analysis and test tools, today announced it has delivered a test and validation lifecycle solution for Synopsys DesignWare® ARC® Functional Safety (FS) processors. The LDRA tool suite, when integrated with the Synopsys DesignWare ARC MetaWare Development Toolkit for Safety, provides developers with lifecycle traceability, source code static and dynamic analysis, and automated unit and system-level testing on host and target. This solution improves software quality, safety and security while lowering verifications costs.

“Innovation and advances in automotive software are forcing developers to address a rapidly growing set of functional safety and security requirements,” said Ian Hennell, Operations Director, LDRA. “To meet these requirements, developers need to ‘shift left’ their software quality and verification processes while offering traceability and auditability throughout the lifecycle. This process shift is intended to ensure quality and compliance with the strictest levels of ISO 26262, while continuing to meet business demands. With the integration of the LDRA tool suite and the Synopsys ARC MetaWare Development Toolkit for Safety, developers can automate software lifecycle compliance tasks and produce well-constructed, documented and tested software—all with the benefit of significant time, cost and operational savings.”

This new LDRA integration with the Synopsys DesignWare ARC MetaWare Development Toolkit for Safety provides source-code static and dynamic analysis, as well as verification on host and target for the DesignWare ARC EM FS and ARC HS FS families of functional safety processors. Together, developers can more quickly:

  • Comply with coding standards (industry- and user-defined) such as MISRA, CERT and AUTOSAR
  • Provide robust complexity, data, and control flow analyses
  • Automate test case, harness, stub generation and test execution
  • Expose high-risk areas and defects via in-depth code analysis, verification and report generation
  • Automate production of software certification and approval evidence

Synopsys DesignWare ARC functional safety processor IP supports safety levels ASIL B and ASIL D to simplify and accelerate application development using a safety-critical automotive SoC. The Synopsys DesignWare ARC MetaWare Development Toolkit for Safety helps software developers accelerate the development of ISO 26262-compliant code.

“With LDRA now a member of Synopsys’ DesignWare ARC Access Program, our joint customers can be confident that their tool chain for developing critical automotive applications can be trusted and is best in class,” Hennell confirmed. “The requirements traceability combined with in-depth analysis and verification accelerates and reduces the cost of ISO 26262 compliance.”

Both the LDRA tool suite and the Synopsys DesignWare ARC MetaWare Compiler for Safety have been certified by SGS TÜV SAAR as suitable for development of safety-related software compliant with ISO 26262 up to ASIL D. In addition, the LDRA tool suite offers tool qualification support packs for the qualification of LDRA tools for high-assurance applications requiring regulatory approval.

Product Availability

The LDRA tool suite with the Synopsys DesignWare ARC MetaWare Development Toolkit for Safety is available now. Contact for more information or download a free 30-day trial of the LDRA tool suite at The partnership is also showcased on the Synopsys DesignWare ARC Access Program website here.

About LDRA

For more than 40 years, LDRA has developed and driven the market for software that automates code analysis and software testing for safety-, mission-, security-, and business-critical markets. Working with clients to achieve early error identification and elimination, and full compliance with industry standards, LDRA traces requirements through static and dynamic analysis to unit testing and verification for a wide variety of hardware and software platforms. Boasting a worldwide presence, LDRA has headquarters in the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, and India coupled with an extensive distributor network. For more information on the LDRA tool suite, please visit

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