Altera introduced an industrial safety data package for automation applications. Altera created a pre-qualified development tool chain, including safety manuals and safety intellectual property (IP) cores. The Altera solution will shorten development time and lower total system cost in safety-critical industrial applications, such as servo and inverter drives, safety devices, and automation controllers. Altera’s industrial safety data package will be available early in the second quarter of this year.
By offering a safety data package with safety manuals that include information on TÜV Rheinland (a German safety certification body) validated Altera FPGAs, standard IP cores and the standard development tool flow, Altera reduces its engineers’ development time. In addition, Altera’s 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 9.0 SP2 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.
The ability of Altera’s FPGAs to integrate the functionality of digital signal processing (DSP) devices, microprocessors, and ASSPs traditionally found in industrial safety designs can also help manufacturers lower their total system cost. Manufacturers can reduce board space and system complexity by integrating functions such as motor control and Industrial Ethernet networking capabilities into one FPGA.
Due to new and strict safety regulations as defined in the new European Machinery Directive, industrial automation equipment manufacturers are required to develop their safety-critical designs according to ISO 13849 and IEC 62061 standards. Both standards are based upon the generic standard IEC 61508, which defines requirements for the development of safety products using FPGAs. To meet these standards, designers of safety-critical systems must validate the software, every component, and all development tools used in the safety design. This lengthy process can extend development time by as much as two years.
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