Webcasts and Videos

Altera's Latest Automotive On-Line Demo

8 minutes

You will find Altera's latest Automotive live demonstrations in a real vehicle size demonstrator!

1. Stereo vision IP Suite

2. HD surround viewer

3. Optical flow with Open CL

4. Ethernet Packaet to Pixel Early video

5. Multi-axis motor control

Sue Poniatowski, Strategic Applications Manager, Automotive Business Unit, Altera Corporation

How to Overcome ADAS System Design Challenges
15 minutes

Watch this webcast to learn how you can more easily implement your ADAS design with the flexibility to meet your requirements: • Learn how proper system partitioning can help you achieve the required performance at lowest power • Review ways to support multiple applications using a single platform • Understand the benefits of FPGA-based ADAS design

Bob Siller, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, Automotive Business Unit, Altera Corporation

Mitigating Soft Errors in DRAM Through Error Correction Code on SoC FPGAs
13 minutes

This webcast looks at how mitigating soft errors through error correction code (ECC) can improve your embedded designs.

Hans Spanjaart, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager

Introducing the User-Customizable ARM-Based SoC FPGA
15 minutes

Watch this webcast to learn more about Altera’s ARM-based SoC FPGAs. See how the Arria V and Cyclone V SoC FPGAs give you the performance benefits and power and cost savings of hard logic, with the flexibility and time-to-market benefits of programmable logic – all in a single device.

Bob Garrett, Sr. Marketing Manager, Embedded Products

Industry Groups and Standards

AEC-Q100 An automotive quality standard that outlines the stress test for IC qualification in automobiles. Altera is an active member of the AEC council, which governs this standard.
Autotech Council An organization, based in Silicon Valley, that exists to help better innovation in the automotive industry get to market faster.
GENIVI A non-profit industry alliance committed to driving the broad adoption of an In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open-source development platform.
Embedded Vision Alliance An organization committed to facilitating the adoption of embedded vision technology.
JASPAR Japan Automotive Software Platform Architecture consortium was created by Japanese OEMs to define an open architectural platform, thereby making it easier for all suppliers and OEMs to develop the next-generation system architecture.

Glossary of Common Terms

Active noise control (ANC) To eliminate air intake noise in the engine, a loudspeaker installed in the intake system is used to generate a sound wave of the same amplitude but opposite phase. (It cancels out the unpleasant sound.)
Adaptive cruise control (ACC) The ACC system scans the area ahead of a car for objects, mainly other cars, and applies the brakes automatically if a collision is likely to occur.
AEC-Q100 An automotive quality standard that outlines the stress test for IC qualification in automobiles. Altera is an active member of the AEC council, which governs this standard.
AUTOSAR The Automotive System Architecture consortium was established to define an open standard for automotive E/E architecture. It serves as a basic infrastructure for the management of functions within both future applications and standard software modules.
Bluetooth A computing and telecommunications industry specification that describes how embedded devices such as mobile phones, radios, headsets, and personal digital assistants can easily interconnect with each other and within vehicle devices using a short-range wireless connection.
Controller area network (CAN) A serial bus system especially suited for networking "intelligent" devices as well as sensors and actuators within a system or sub-system. CAN2.0A is an 11-bit identifier; CAN2.0B is a 29-bit identifier.
Differential global positioning system (DGPS) A differential global positioning system (GPS) land station-based method for improving GPS accuracy or getting around U.S. Department of Defense-imposed selective availability (S/A) encryption.
Digital transmission control protection (DTCP) A digital rights management technology. The DTCP standard was issued by the Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator (DTLA) to protect multimedia distribution in the digital home.
Electronic control unit (ECU) The main computer in a car that controls all facets of the engine.
FlexRay A communication system that will support the needs of future in-car control applications.
Gateway A device that allows consumer products to interface with the communication system in vehicles while protecting the vehicle's system from defective devices or inappropriate messages.
Geographic data format (GDF) A transfer file specification for digital roadway and topological map databases. The format includes specifications for database encoding.
Global positioning system (GPS) An array of satellites deployed and maintained by the U.S. Department of Defense, which can be monitored to triangulate an accurate position on the earth's surface.
IDB-1394 An in-vehicle network protocol designed for high-speed multimedia applications that require large amounts of information to be moved quickly on a vehicle. Previously known as IDB-M, IDB-1394 is built on the IEEE-1394 standard.
IDB-C An in-vehicle network defined in the SAE J2366 - ITS data bus specifications series. IDB-C is based on CAN 2.0B (controller area network) silicon and physical layer, specifically on SAE J2284 - high-speed CAN.
Infotainment The telematics market is slowly evolving into "infotainment" (information and entertainment) to combine everything from safety and security to routing and entertainment including Internet access and video games. Vehicle manufacturers increasingly offer infotainment systems either as original equipment or optional packages.
JASPAR Japan Automotive Software Platform Architecture consortium was created by Japanese OEMs to define an open architectural platform, thereby making it easier for all suppliers and OEMs to develop the next-generation system architecture.
Local interconnect network (LIN) A new low-cost serial communication system intended to be used for distributed electronic systems in vehicles, which complements the existing portfolio of automotive multiplex networks.
Media oriented system transport (MOST) A versatile, high-performance and low-cost multimedia network technology based on synchronous data communication. It is ideal for multimedia applications such as audio, video, navigation, and communication in the automotive sector.
OSEK/VDX An operating system, communication and network management specification developed by automotive industry companies. OSEK/VDX was created as a joint project in the German and French automotive industry aimed at an industry standard for an open-ended architecture for distributed control units in vehicles.
Pixel The smallest unit of color in a display. Frames are made up of lines and columns of pixels. The number of pixel lines in each frame expresses video resolution.
Production part approval process (PPAP) PPAP, 3rd edition, Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) is one of the key requirements for the automotive industry. A PPAP document outlines all the manufacturing quality processes that an integrated circuit (IC) manufacturer undertakes for a specific device.
Sensor An energy conversion device that measures some physical quantity and converts it to an electrical quantity.
SmartKey Electronically coded key used both to enter and start a vehicle (developed by Mercedes-Benz).
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) A one-stop resource for technical information and expertise used in designing, building, maintaining and operating self-propelled vehicles for use on land or sea, in air or space.
Telematics Telematics can be defined as a combination of wireless voice and data communication systems aimed at providing drivers with safety and information including automatic airbag deployment notification, vehicle tracking, personalized information, real-time traffic data, emergency aid, and entertainment from a central service center. Innovative features include Internet access, voice activation, and the ability to control the car audio and climate control.
Telematics control unit (TCU) The embedded vehicle control unit that communicates with the automobile controls, GPS satellite, and customer service center to provide telematics features to a driver.
Turn-by-turn route guidance A method of providing route guidance by sequentially delivering upcoming maneuver information to the driver visually and/or audibly as the route is driven.
TS16949 ISO/TS 16949:2002 is an ISO technical specification, which aligns existing American (QS-9000), German (VDA6.1), French (EAQF), and Italian (AVSQ) automotive quality systems standards within the global automotive industry, with the aim of eliminating the need for multiple certifications to satisfy multiple customer requirements.


Following are the most frequently asked questions about Altera® automotive-grade products.

Altera's automotive-grade products consist of a select group of semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs); specifically FPGA and CPLDs. These products are intended for use in automotive applications and meet specific criteria: operation over an automotive temperature range of -40°C to +125°C (junction) and adherence to automotive-specific quality standards. These devices are denoted by unique device ordering codes.

Altera has several web pages discussing automotive solutions, ranging from devices (i.e., automotive-grade products) to automotive solutions (reference designs, development kits, intellectual property (IP) cores, etc.), plus the Automotive-Grade Device Handbook (PDF).

All of Altera’s automotive-grade devices are qualified to operate at -40°C to +125°C (junction). This range addresses the majority of infotainment and ADAS applications where vehicles must operate in a wide range of ambient temperature conditions, as well as the extremes associated with specific component locations within the vehicle (for example, small spaces with low airflow and nearby heat sources). Altera's legacy automotive grade MAX® 7000AE CPLDs support -40°C to +130°C (junction).


Altera will continue to evaluate requests from its customers in addition to developing new products suitable for automotive applications. We expect to see additional programmable and ASIC products added to the automotive-grade portfolio in the future.

Yes. All of Altera’s automotive-grade devices are functional and pin-compatible with their commercial, industrial, or extended counterparts.

Yes. The Automotive-Grade Device Handbook (PDF) is available for download. Further details can be found in the data sheet or handbook for each device family.

Altera has a sophisticated quality assurance system based on infrastructure designed to support a zero PPM roadmap and ISO 9001 certification, which was granted in 1994. The TS-16949 standard is the automotive portion of ISO 9001:2000. All of Altera’s automotive-grade semiconductor products are manufactured at TS-16949-compliant facilities. Altera’s manufacturing wafer fab partners and its packaging and test partners are TS-16949 certified and registered. Altera's in-house reliability and failure analysis laboratories ensure that Altera products meet and exceed the demanding requirements of the automotive marketplace. Automotive-grade devices are qualified and tested to AEC-Q100 specifications.

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Yes. Altera was granted ISO 9001 certification in 1994 and has been continuously requalified since then.

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Yes. Each of Altera's assembly plant partners and wafer fabrication partners are QS9000 approved.