Altera's functional safety data package reduces certification risks

November 09, 2012

Toni_McConnel-November 09, 2012

Altera Corporation has released an updated version of its functional safety data package for automotive, industrial, medical and defense applications. The 2012 data package includes additional device support and enhanced software support, allowing customers using Cyclone IV FPGAs 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 TÜV Rheinland Group, an independent organization globally recognized for safety and quality testing, Altera ensures the package includes 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.


Altera's 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 TÜV Rheinland. The unique partnership between Altera and TÜV 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.

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