Altera Announces DO-254 Global Partner Network

To support the growing number of avionics and military applications requiring DO-254-certifiable components, Altera Corporation (NASDAQ:ALTR) launched a DO-254 Global Partner Network. Altera, together with Aldec, Geensys, HighRely and HCELL Engineering, provide a comprehensive environment of DO-254-certifiable intellectual property (IP) cores, in-hardware verification flows and documentation. The inaugural partners provide specialty solutions and services that enable Altera® FPGA and HardCopy® ASIC solutions to be quickly approved and implemented in avionics and military applications. The DO-254 Global Partner Network targets customers requiring DO-254 Level A, B, C or D compliance.

Lionel Burgaud, DO-254 User Group founder and chairman, stated, “The formation of the DO-254 Global Partner Network by Altera provides avionics and military designers with a compelling design environment that will allow customers to save a considerable amount of time and resources.”

The DO-254 standard was developed by the avionics industry to establish hardware deployment guidelines for developers, verification engineers, quality managers, installers and users. The standard provides design assurance and guidance for airborne electronic hardware designers, from conception through initial certification and subsequent post-certification product improvements to ensure continued airworthiness.

“DO-254 certification is a must-have for components and tool flows used in military and avionics systems. The DO-254 Global Partner Network offers designers a comprehensive environment for the implementation of programmable logic technology into next-generation systems,” commented Don Faria, senior vice president of application business units at Altera Corporation.

DO-254 Global Partner Network
The DO-254 Global Partner Network provides military and avionics companies with a low-risk, highly efficient design environment and validation process. Each partner brings valuable experience and solutions to the DO-254 design process, including verification (Aldec), consulting, documentation and training (Geensys for Europe and HighRely for North America), and IP cores (HCELL Engineering).

All partners are closely linked with Altera, enabling customers to implement Altera’s Cyclone® FPGAs, Stratix® FPGAs, Arria(tm) GX FPGAs and HardCopy ASICs into their system. Customers requiring DO-254 certification can rely on Altera to assist in the requirements and delivery process for their projects. Altera is working with additional companies to incorporate their DO-254 offerings into the Global Partner Network.

“We recognize the importance of the DO-254 standard to our military and aerospace customers and we are pleased to work with Altera to feature our verification solutions in its DO-254 Global Partner Network to assist our mutual customers,” said Dave Rinehart, vice president, Aldec, Inc. “Aldec’s DO-254/CTS solution enables users to test and verify their FPGA design in the target Altera device with the same coverage, flexibility and traceability of HDL simulation.”

Vance Hilderman, co-founder of HighRely Incorporated, added, “We are excited to be working closely with Altera through the DO-254 Global Partner Network. HighRely’s DO-254 Training and JumpCert-254 are the most popular DO-254 start-up services in the world, and now Altera’s customers will have preferred access to these, allowing them to integrate Altera’s solutions in record time.”

Altera’s FPGA and HardCopy ASIC families provide an ideal solution for designers of military and airborne applications. Offering features such as anti-tampering design security, end-of-life protection, military temperature support, and quality and reliability levels for rugged environments, Altera’s solutions help designers reduce risk, increase reliability and meet their performance and time-to-market goals.

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