Challenges With Embedded Development

Developing embedded systems is challenging.

Many embedded software and hardware development teams have strict compliance requirements. They need to demonstrate compliance with a coding standard in support of a functional safety standard.

They also need to demonstrate traceability from requirements to source code to tests to bugs to bug resolution. 

Plus, hardware and software teams work on increasingly complex codebases and repositories. They need to be able to collaborate effectively — and that requires a single source of truth.

Handling all of this is tricky. Unless you have the right embedded development tools.

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Embedded Development Tools From Perforce

Perforce helps you solve complex development challenges. Our solutions help you tackle challenges like:


Perforce static analyzers make compliance easier for embedded development teams.

Static code analysis tools find potential vulnerabilities in code, as you code. And, Perforce offers two of the best static code analyzers — Helix QAC and Klocwork.

These tools make sure that your code complies with coding standards, such as MISRA. They're even certified for functional safety standards. And they ensure that your code is safe, secure, and reliable.

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Perforce's ALM tool helps embedded development teams achieve traceability across project lifecycles.

ALM tools help you manage requirements, tests, and issues. And Perforce's tool — Helix ALM — provides end-to-end traceability.

Helix ALM makes it easy to trace requirements, code, tests, and issues. You’ll rest assured that your compliance requirements are met. And you’ll have the traceability to prove it.

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Perforce version control accelerates embedded development and increases IP reuse.

Because with Helix Core — version control from Perforce ­­–– you can manage source code, large binary files, and digital assets.

Having a single source of truth for all of your code, and files eliminates time wasted searching for assets. It also enhances collaboration between hardware and software teams, streamlining your reuse process.

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Ensuring Embedded Code Compliance

Quality is critical in embedded code.

That’s why many embedded developers are required to use a coding standard. Using a coding standard improves product quality.

A common example is MISRA, an embedded C and C++ coding standard. It includes coding rules that developers — particularly in the embedded industry — need to comply with. And using a static code analyzer makes it easy to comply with C and C++ coding standards.

[Related White Paper: How to Improve Embedded Systems Security]

Helix QAC and Klocwork automatically verify that the code is compliant, and identifies potential defects and vulnerabilities — ensuring that code is high quality, secure, and reliable.

Code compliance in Helix QAC

Managing Embedded System Requirements & Embedded Testing

End-to-end traceability across embedded development.

Traceability in Helix ALM

Traceability across product lifecycles is important, especially when it comes to proving compliance. Tracking and linking all changes, requirements, and tests is key to effective traceability.

[Related White Paper: Effective Traceability For Embedded Systems Development]

Embedded systems requirements include functional safety requirements. Companies in this industry include automotive, aerospace, and medical devices. Within these companies, there’s no room for error when it comes to functional safety. Lives are at stake.

Embedded testing verifies that these requirements were met. Tracking tests and documenting results is typically required for compliance.

Helix ALM creates end-to-end traceability for you. You’ll easily track requirements, tests, and their results. You’ll know when compliance requirements are met. And the tool will take care of the documentation for compliance for you.

Maintaining a Single Source of Truth

Stop searching. Get everything you need in one place.

Helix Core helps you manage your increasingly complex codebase, allowing teams to more easily find and reuse IP. This is because all of the design data, Cadence libraries, CAD files, simulations, and artifacts are securely managed in one single source of truth.

What about your distributed teams? Helix Core unites global design centers, delivering the latest version of assets at LAN speed. With high-performing servers and federated architecture, it can feel like everyone is in the same room. Plus there are integrations available to connect everyone –– Cadence, Methodics, MathWorksVisual Studio, Eclipse, and other popular IDEs.

Helix Core’s ability to improve traceability, IP reuse, and security is why 9 of the top 10 embedded systems companies version using Perforce.

[Related White Paper: Versioning Best Practices For Embedded Systems Development]

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