Altera's Functional Safety Data Package for Industrial Applications Accelerates Design Time and Reduces Certification Risks

     Altera's Functional Safety Data Package for Industrial Applications
           Accelerates Design Time and Reduces Certification Risks

Shanghai Mitsubishi Elevator Company adopts Altera's functional safety
solutions for a reliable, pre-certified development process to accelerate
time-to-market for major project

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 7, 2012

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --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. Altera's 2012 functional safety 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.

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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.

In China, Shanghai Mitsubishi Elevator Company recently leveraged Altera's
Functional Safety Data Package for use in a modern escalator and moving
sidewalk project. The company was required to adhere to China's recently
mandated safety certification process for escalators, the GB16899 standard.
Altera's 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 Altera's industrial business, commented,
"With 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 customers' 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."

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.


Altera's Functional Safety Data Package is available now. Information on the
company's Functional Safety Data Package and industrial solutions can be found

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Altera Corporation
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