Altera Releases Industrial Functional Safety Data Package (Ver. 3) for FPGA Designs

Altera Corporation today announced the availability of the latest version of its Industrial Functional Safety Data Package (Ver. 3), for systems designers using Altera field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The safety pack provides TUV Rheinland-certified toolflows, IP and devices including Cyclone V FPGAs, enabling faster time for market for industrial safety solutions to IEC 61508 up to Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL3).

Altera Corporation addresses safety mandates in industrial and manufacturing settings with its new Functional Safety Data Package 3. The solution, aimed at systems designers using Altera field programmable gate arrays, provides T?V Rhineland-certified tool flows, IP and devices including Cyclone V FPGAs, enabling faster time for market for industrial safety solutions to IEC 61508 up to Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL3).

Under industrial safety mandates, industrial equipment must be certified to ensure electrical, electronic or programmable electronic systems that carry out safety functions meet industry-standard safety guidelines. Generally, such products must fulfill requirements of the IEC 61508 standard to safety integrity level 3 (SIL 3), and meet the ISO 13849 standard to performance level category 4 (PL e Cat 4.)

In addition, as the complexity of safety designs increases, the need to provide advanced safety functions and to integrate safety functionality with the application, has led to the need for advanced certified toolflows, such as Altera Safety Design Partitioning toolflow, offered in this latest version of the Functional Safety Data Package. This partitioning toolflow gives designers the ability to separate the safe and non-safe portions of the design, allowing user updates of the non-safe portion with minimal safety re-certification effort.

"Without certified toolflows such as those Altera's safety package provides, customers are left with the challenge of certifying the tools and devices themselves, which require they use older versions of the tools and subsequently, older less-capable technology," said Roger May, system architect and Functional Safety lead in the Altera Industrial Business Unit, "With the release of our third generation of our Functional Safety Data Package, customers can continue to confidently use Altera's latest devices and toolflows to address the challenges they are seeing today in designing safety systems."

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Altera-based Board from NewTec Now Available

Altera today, also announced the availability the Cyclone V-based SafeFlex Functional Safety board from partner NewTec GmbH, which was demonstrated at the SPS IC Drives event in Nuremberg, in November, 2014 and satisfies the requirement for IEC 61508 to SIL 3in addition to ISO 13849 to PL e Cat 4. The board and associated documentation and reference design will allow systems designers who are new to safety to understand best industry practices when implementing safety systems up to SIL3 & PL e Cat 4 on Altera FPGA's,. allowing Altera customers to accelerate their designs. For more information on the SafeFlex board visit

Altera Cyclone FPGAs

Altera's Cyclone® V FPGAs provide the industry's lowest system cost and power, along with performance levels that make the device family ideal for differentiating your high-volume applications. With up to 40 percent lower total power compared with the previous generation, they offer efficient logic integration capabilities, integrated transceiver variants enabling great flexibility for systems designers.

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