Shanghai Mitsubishi Elevator Company adopts Alteraâs functional safety solutions for a reliable, pre-certified development process to accelerate time-to-market for major project
San Jose, Calif., November 7, 2012 -- Altera Corporation (Nasdaq: ALTR) today announced the availability of an updated version of its functional safety data package for automotive, industrial, medical and defense applications. Alteraâs 2012 functional safety data package includes additional device support and enhanced software support, allowing customers using CycloneÂ® IV FPGAs toreduce risks and adhere to the latest safety regulations when developing safety-critical designs. The updated functional safety data package accelerates customerâs certification process, enabling developers to dramatically decrease their development time.
Working with the TÃV 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.
In China, Shanghai Mitsubishi Elevator Company recently leveraged Alteraâs Functional Safety Data Package for use in a modern escalator and moving sidewalk project. The company was required to adhere to Chinaâs recently mandated safety certification process for escalators, the GB16899 standard.Alteraâs Functional Safety Data Package provided a reliable, pre-certified development process that enabled Shanghai Mitsubishi to dramatically reduce development and certification cycles and accelerate time-to-market.
Christoph Fritsch, senior manager of Alteraâs industrial business, commented, âWith functional safety being a paramount design concern, and often a requirement under government standards, the selection of system components and a system design methodology can represent a considerable burden for a system design team. As a partner in our customersâ design efforts, Altera is providing a Functional Safety Data Package to ease the certification process and substantially reducing the work designers must perform in order to achieve critical milestones for their systems.â
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 QuartusÂ® II design software version 11.0 SP1 have been pre-qualified by TÃV Rheinland. The unique partnership between Altera and TÃV 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.
Altera's Functional Safety Data Package is available now. Information on the companyâs Functional Safety Data Package and industrial solutions can be found at www.altera.com/end-markets/industrial/functional-safety.
AlteraÂ® programmable solutions enable system and semiconductor companies to rapidly and cost-effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets. Find out more about Altera's FPGA, CPLD and ASIC devices at www.altera.com.