FPGA-based functional safety boards, IP and industrial reference designs

November 26, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Altera FPGAs and IP, with a functional safety development board from NewTec, speed time to market for IEC61508 functional safety applications: reference designs reduce SIL 3 development and certification costs for industrial designs

Altera has announced a functional safety development board and FPGA reference designs through NewTec, provider of safety-related systems. The board and reference designs, coupled with Altera's TÜV Rheinland-qualified FPGAs, tools, and IP, enable users to accelerate development and certification of FPGA-based system designs. Altera’s functional safety data package includes device support, enhanced software design flows and IP for functional safety system design, allowing designers 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).

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.

Altera Cyclone FPGAs and SoCs and MAX FPGAs and CPLDs enable industrial solutions that include functional safety, industrial Ethernet, motion/motor control, human machine vision and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) by accelerating algorithms in the programmable logic device hardware and reducing your time to market.

Altera/NewTec; www.altera.com/safety or www.newtec.de