Altera Introduces FPGA-Based HSR/PRP Reference Design Targeting Smart Grid Automation Equipment

  Altera Introduces FPGA-Based HSR/PRP Reference Design Targeting Smart Grid
                             Automation Equipment

Reference Design Combine FPGAs with HSR/PRP IP from Flexibilis to Simplify
Implementation of High-Reliability Networking in Substation Systems

PR Newswire

NUREMBERG, Germany, Feb. 25, 2013

NUREMBERG, Germany, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Embedded World-- Altera
Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today expanded its FPGA-based solutions targeting
smart energy systems by announcing a High-availability Seamless Redundancy
(HSR) and Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) reference design targeting smart
grid substation automation equipment. Developed jointly with Flexibilis Oy, a
provider of networking equipment and technologies for wireless and wired
applications, the IEC 62439-3-compliant reference design includes Flexibilis
Redundant Switch (FRS) intellectual property (IP) implemented on an Altera®
low-power, low-cost Cyclone®-class FPGA or Cyclone V SoC. The reference design
simplifies development and implementation of highly reliable mission-critical
communications systems in smart grid substations. 



"A key trend today in developing a smarter power grid is bidirectional
communication and real-time control of the equipment in the grid's
transmission and distribution substations," said Jason Chiang, senior
strategic marketing manager in Altera's Industrial Business Unit. "Our
FPGA-based HSR/PRP reference design enables equipment manufactures to build
flexibility, performance, reliability and product longevity into their systems
while lowering system costs and future proofing designs."

The Flexibilis HSR/PRP IP included in the reference design is a triple-speed
10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet Layer 2 switch that is scalable from 3 to 8 ports
and is compliant with the IEC 62439-3 standard. The IP is optimized for use on
an Altera low-power, low-cost Cyclone IV FPGA, Cyclone V FPGA or Cyclone V
SoC, which feature an integrated dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 processor
subsystem. Cyclone V SoCs enable customers to reduce component costs by
implementing their HSR/PRP switch along with the associated software stacks
running on the ARM processor subsystem in the FPGA. For timing
synchronization, the HSR/PRP solution supports IEEE 1588 Precision Time
Protocol (PTP) Version 2. Altera and Flexibilis are showcasing the FPGA-based
HSR/PRP reference design in Altera's booth at Embedded World 2013, located in
Hall 4, Booth 436.

"The IEC 62439-3 standard is rapidly evolving, making the flexibility of an
FPGA an ideal platform to base our FSR IP on," said Heikki Ala-Juusela,
chairman of the board at Flexibilis. "Altera's highly integrated FPGAs and
SoCs allow users to reduce their total cost of ownership while at the same
time leverage the device's performance to handle Gigabit Ethernet traffic.
This HSR/PRP solution ensures designers can future-proof their substation
automation systems by ensuring communication with future generations of
intelligent electronics devices."

The FPGA-based HSR/PRP reference design expands Altera's reach into the smart
energy market. Altera's programmable solutions provide developers of smart
grid equipment the means to adapt to evolving standards and increase their
system's performance and scalability.

No-Hassle HSR/PRP Ethernet Switch on an FPGA

Altera and Flexibilis make it easy to implement an FPGA-based HSR/PRP Ethernet
switch. Combining Altera FPGAs with the FRS IP provides an easy and
cost-effective way to implement highly reliable mission-critical
communications systems in smart grid substations by offering no license
negotiation, no up-front licensing costs and no per-unit royalty reporting.
For additional information regarding Altera's solutions targeting smart grid
applications, contact your local Altera sales representative or visit

About Flexibilis

Flexibilis develops FPGA based communication products and intellectual
property (IP); the main business being the licensing of IP cores for device
manufacturers. Flexibilis also develops custom FPGA designs and software for
its domestic and international customers. Flexibilis is a privately owned
company headquartered in Tampere, Finland.

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Altera Corporation
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