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Functional safety boards speed up industrial designs

26 Nov 2014

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Atmel board and reference designs

Altera Corporation has launched a functional safety development board and FPGA reference designs through NewTec, a European provider of safety-related electronic systems. The new board and reference designs, coupled with Altera's TÜV Rheinland-qualified FPGAs, tools and IP, enable customers to accelerate development and certification of FPGA-based system designs.

Altera's functional safety data package includes comprehensive device support, enhanced software design flows and IP for functional safety system design, allowing customers using Cyclone FPGAs to reduce risks and cost-effectively meet safety-critical system requirements across product lines.

The functional safety board and accompanying reference designs are designed by Altera and NewTec to reduce customer design effort for safety designs requiring IEC 61508 certification up to SIL 3 (safety integrity level 3).

"Altera's TÜV-qualified devices, tools and dedicated safety IP offer the development, certification and system cost reductions for differentiated functional safety system design required in this increasingly competitive market," said David Moore, director of the Industrial Business Unit, Altera.

Functional safety, defined as the part of a system's overall safety that depends on correct operation in response to inputs, is an important part of consumer confidence in a product. IEC 61508 certification ensures electrical, electronic or programmable electronic systems that carry out safety functions meet industry-standard safety guidelines, measured by the probability a system or piece of equipment will fail under certain conditions.

Altera's functional safety data package is certified up to SIL 3, which means that customers have access to Altera's latest devices and certified tools without requiring additional certification for safety-related designs.

The functional safety board and reference design compliant with IEC 61508 SIL 3 are currently available from New Tec for customer evaluation.




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