Altera Simplifies Industrial Ethernet Design for Factory Automation Systems

 Altera Simplifies Industrial Ethernet Design for Factory Automation Systems

Altera's Collaboration with Softing Industrial Automation Delivers Simplified
Licensing Structure with a Unified Software Application Programming Interface

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 12, 2012

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:
ALTR) today announced a licensing structure that simplifies the integration of
FPGA-based Industrial Ethernet designs in factory automation systems.
Developed in collaboration with Softing Industrial Automation GmbH, the new
licensing structure provides system developers with access to leading
Industrial Ethernet protocols with no upfront license fees, no per-unit
royalty reporting or protracted negotiations. As a result of the collaboration
between the two companies, customers will have access to a variety of
Industrial Ethernet protocols in a single Altera® FPGA, including PROFINET RT,
PROFINET IRT, Ethernet/IP, Modbus TCP/IP, EtherNet/IP and PROFIBUS DP—all of
which are fully compliance tested in hardware. The two companies will
demonstrate the Industrial Ethernet solution at the SPS IPS Drives show in
Nuremberg, Germany, from November 27 to 29, 2012.


"While Industrial Ethernet is a vital technology for linking the elements of
industrial electronic systems, it is also a highly fragmented technology that
includes a variety of different protocols," said Christoph Fritsch, senior
manager of the Altera industrial business. "Supporting a market like
Industrial Ethernet is the sweet spot for FPGAs due to their programmability
and ability to quickly and easily support different protocol standards. By
teaming with Softing, we offer customers a simplified licensing structure that
allows systems developers to easily support a broad range of protocols within
a single hardware solution."

Altera's Industrial Ethernet solutions implement the protocol intellectual
property (IP) and software stack into an FPGA that features an integrated
embedded processor. The embedded processor configures the FPGA at power-up
with the desired protocol IP. In this way, a single board can work with a
range of protocols without hardware modifications. The FPGA can also be used
to implement various industrial automation functions, such as sensor
interfaces, accelerators and control logic.

Altera also works with a range of industrial automation partners to support
multiple design options. Altera's Industrial Networking Partner Program (INPP)
provides an ecosystem of established networking experts that enable customers
to evaluate Industrial Ethernet and fieldbus solutions on a common FPGA-based
platform. These partners provide IP, reference designs and design services
that meet network communication and FPGA development needs.

Support for the PROFINET RT and PROFINET IRT protocols will be available in
January 2013. Additional protocol IPs will be supported later in 2013. For
more information on Altera's Industrial Ethernet solutions, visit or contact a local Altera sales

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