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Lockstep sol'n cuts design risk for car, industrial apps

25 Nov 2015

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Altera Corp. has rolled out the Altera Functional Safety Lockstep solution for the Nios II embedded processor. According to the company, the solution minimises risk in design cycles and helps system designers streamline certification for industrial and automotive safety applications.

The joint Altera and YOGITECH lockstep solution is built using Altera FPGAs, SoCs and certified tool flows, along with IP cores from YOGITECH, a functional safety company based in Pisa, Italy. This solution enables customers to easily implement SIL3 safety designs in Altera FPGAs, including the low-cost Cyclone V FPGA and MAX 10 FPGA families.

Altera Functional Safety Lockstep solution

The lockstep solution leverages YOGITECH's fRSmartComp technology to provide high diagnostic coverage, self-checking and advanced diagnostic features for safety-related integrated circuits, in full compliance with functional safety standards IEC 61508 and ISO 26262. The fRSmartComp technology, which is used in conjunction with Altera's flexible Nios II embedded processors, provides diagnostic coverage greater than 99 per cent without the need for difficult-to-develop ad hoc tests, speeding time-to-market, indicated the company.

The Altera Nios II processor delivers flexibility for system designers' cost-sensitive, real-time, safety-critical (DO-254), ASIC-optimised and applications processing needs. The Nios II processor supports all Altera SoC and FPGA families.

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