The use of automated electronic control systems is expanding in recent years, and reliability and safety requirements are becoming important factors in system design. Due to the establishment of the IEC 60730 safety standard for household electronic equipment, home appliances also require automated electronic control design to guarantee safe and reliable operation.
Automated electronic control is also extremely important in the design of microcontroller-based control systems. There are three classes of software for automated electronic control.
Control functions that are not intended to be relied upon for the safety of the equipment
Examples: Room thermostats, humidity controllers, lighting controllers, timers, and switches
Control functions that are intended to prevent unsafe operation of the controlled equipment
Examples: Thermal cutoff and door locking for laundry machines
Control functions that are intended to prevent special hazards
Examples: Automatic burner control and thermal cutoff for sealed equipment
Renesas offers application notes and sample programs for supporting IEC60730 Class-B for RL78 family, RX100/200/600 series and RA2/RA4/RA6 series.
With the application notes and sample programs provided, Renesas supports the customers to acquire the certification for end products.
Renesas capacitive touch sensors (CTSU and CTSU2) can diagnose their own internal circuit with self test software. See Functional Safety Solution for Capacitive Touch Sensor for more information.