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Altera's Safety Data Package accelerates design time

Posted: 09 Nov 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cyclone IV FPGAs? functional safety data package? Mitsubishi Elevator Company? B16899 standard?

Altera Corporation has recently released an updated version of its functional safety data package, which can be used for automotive, industrial, medical and defence applications.

Altera's 2012 functional safety data package includes additional device support and enhanced software support, allowing Cyclone IV FPGAs customers to reduce risks and adhere to the latest safety regulations when developing safety critical designs.

The updated functional safety data package accelerates customer's certification process, enabling developers to dramatically decrease their development time.

Working with the T?V Rheinland Group, an independent organisation specialising in safety and quality testing, Altera ensured the package included certification for its Cyclone IV FPGAs and provides a safety design flow, the intellectual property (IP), and development tools necessary for designs that must comply up to Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL3). By leveraging this pre-tested package, system designers can simplify their certification process, reduce overall design costs, and ensure their products comply with worldwide IEC61508 standards.

In China, Shanghai Mitsubishi Elevator Company recently leveraged Altera's Functional Safety Data Package for use in a modern escalator and moving sidewalk project. The company was required to adhere to China's recently mandated safety certification process for escalators, the GB16899 standard. Altera's Functional Safety Data Package provided a reliable, pre-certified development process that enabled Shanghai Mitsubishi to dramatically reduce development and certification cycles and accelerate time-to-market.

The Functional Safety Data Package contains safety IP cores to ensure system integrity in accordance with the IEC 61508. All of Altera's FPGAs supported in Quartus II design software version 11.0 SP1 have been pre-qualified by T?V Rheinland. The unique partnership between Altera and T?V Rheinland has resulted in a verification/validation flow that embeds Altera's complete tool chain for the development of VHDL and C code, as well as for simulation and verification.

Altera's Functional Safety Data Package is available now. Information on the company's Functional Safety Data Package and industrial solutions can be found here.





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