Why Choose Helix QAC?
Helix QAC is one of Perforce’s most accurate code analyzers for C and C++ programming languages. It’s certified for functional safety compliance by SGS-TÜV, including IEC 61508, ISO 26262, EN 50128, IEC 60880, and IEC 62304. Helix QAC is also certified in ISO 9001 | TickIT plus Foundation Level, which is one of the most widely adopted standards to ensure that customers’ requirements are not only met, but exceeded as well.
Safe, Secure, & Reliable Code
Higher Code Quality
Helix QAC Key Features
Prioritize coding issues based on the severity of risk. Helix QAC helps you to target the most critical defects using filters, suppressions, and baselines. It delivers accurate diagnostics and actionable results — enabling you to fix the most important issues first.
The Helix QAC Dashboard is a centralized store of analysis results, accessed through a web browser. Results are uploaded to the Dashboard as ‘snapshots’. Customized views and reports mean that project. Code quality and compliance metrics can be monitored over time.
The Dashboard is fully customizable, enabling you to tailor its rows and columns to more adequately meet your team’s and project’s needs. By using the Dashboard, you can:
• Review the entirety of the code by project and section.
• Identify issues and deviations.
• Review project up[dates and notifications.
• Assign rule configurations (such as MISRA, AUTOSAR, and CERT).
• Verify how compliant the code is with coding standards and industry best practices.
• Measure overall code quality.
• Monitor developing trends with customizable reports.
Development Toolset Integration
Integrate static code analysis with the rest of your development toolset. Helix QAC supports most compilers. And, you can integrate it with many development tools — including IDES (such as Microsoft Visual Studio), version control systems (such as Helix Core), and continuous integration build servers (such as Jenkins).
"We're impressed by the performance of Helix QAC. It is very accurate. It finds issues that other tools have missed."
"With Helix QAC our prototypes retain much of their integrity, because most defects are caught early. Even as our goals evolve and the code changes, our product quality remains consistently high."
"Using a software verification tool that is already certified to EN 50128 is vital. This accelerated our development times, reduced our overall cost, and mitigated our risk."
Helix QAC Compliance Modules
Need to comply with a coding standard? Helix QAC makes it easy.
You can use the following compliance modules to apply coding standards across your codebase. And you’ll get fewer false positives and false negatives in your diagnostics.
MISRA Compliance Modules for C and C++
The MISRA coding rules identify potential issues in safety-critical systems. The MISRA C and C++ compliance modules flag sections of your code that violate these rules.
The MISRA C compliance module enforces MISRA C:1998, MISRA C:2004, and MISRA C:2012 rules.
The MISRA C++ compliance module enforces MISRA C++:2008 rules.
Helix QAC identifies MISRA violations with greater accuracy than other tools. And it prioritizes violations based on severity, so you fix the most important issues first.
So, you’ll be able to improve code quality. Plus, you’ll be able to track and report on MISRA (and ISO) compliance.
Compliance Module for C++
Check your code against the AUTOSAR C++ coding standard — automatically.
The AUTOSAR coding rules identify safety issues in C++14.
The AUTOSAR C++ compliance module flags any code that violates these rules.
So, you’ll be able to ensure compliance — and fulfill ISO standards. Plus, you’ll be able to track and report on compliance.
Compliance Modules for C and C++
Check your code against the CERT C and C++ coding standards — automatically.
The CERT coding rules identify security vulnerabilities in your code. The CERT C and C++ compliance modules flag code that violates these rules. This helps you eliminate undefined behaviors and apply best practices for secure code.
Plus, Helix QAC helps you prioritize and fix the most critical violations first. You’ll even get detailed guidance and examples to help you fix these errors.
So, you’ll develop quality systems that are safe, secure, and reliable. Plus, you’ll be able to track and report on CERT compliance.
Compatibility Module for C and C++
Check your code against the CWE list of security weaknesses — automatically.
CWE identifies common security weaknesses in C and C++.
The CWE compatibility module identifies code with those security weaknesses. And Helix QAC prioritizes these CWE violations.
This makes it easy for you to fix the most critical errors first. And by using Helix QAC, you’ll improve overall code security.
This module is registered as CWE compatible.
Compliance Module for C++
Check your code against the High Integrity C++ (HIC++) coding standard — automatically.
HIC++ coding rules ensure high-quality code in C++11 and C++14.
The HIC++ compliance module enforces compliance to these coding rules. And Helix QAC includes examples of compliant and non-compliant code with each diagnostic.
So, you’ll ensure high-integrity code. Plus, you’ll be able to monitor and report on overall code quality.
HIC++ was developed by Perforce (formerly PRQA) experts.
Compliance Module for C++
Check your code against the Joint Strike Fighter Air Vehicle (JSF AV) C++ coding standard — automatically.
JSF AV C++ coding rules are used for safety-critical development. The JSF AV C++ compliance module identifies violations of these rules.
Helix QAC provides the most comprehensive diagnostics for JSF AV C++ rules. Plus, you’ll be able to track and report on safety metrics.
In-House C/C++ Coding Standards
Check your code against your in-house (or custom) coding standard — automatically.
Customize a Compliance Module for C/C++
You can customize a compliance module for your C/C++ coding rules. Helix QAC will automatically enforce these rules. And you’ll be able to report on compliance to these rules.
Who Uses Helix QAC?
Certified for ISO, IEC, and EN Compliance
Helix QAC is independently certified for compliance. Helix QAC was developed by Programming Research/PRQA, which is now part of Perforce.
SGS-TÜV Saar Certified
Helix QAC is SGS-TÜV Saar certified for compliance with key functional safety standards:
- ISO 26262 (automotive) up to ASIL level D.
- IEC 61508 (general industrial) up to SIL 4.
- EN 50128 (railways) up to SW-SIL 4.
- IEC 62304 (medical devices) up to Software Safety Class C.
- IEC 60880 (nuclear power).
ISO 9001 | TickIT plus Foundation Level Certified
Helix QAC is also certified in ISO 9001 | TickIT plus Foundation Level.
ISO 9001 is one of the most widely adopted standards. It ensures that organizations are striving to meet and exceed customers’ requirements and satisfaction through continuous improvement.
Try Static Code Analyzers
Request your free trial of Helix QAC for C/C++.
See a Demo
See Helix QAC in action. Sign up for our next live demo.
Get In Touch
Have questions? We’re here to help!