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Safety

Functional safety has long been a key strategic imperative for us, and Altera was the first FPGA supplier to achieve IEC 61508 functional safety certification for the industrial market.  We are now expanding that focus to ISO 26262 for automotive applications for our Cyclone V SoC and FPGA family.

 

 

 

 

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Automotive Brochure

The Auto Brochure is your useful tool for information on Altera’s AEC-Q100 portfolio of PLD and Power MGMT solutions.  The Brochure covers: ADAS, Infotainment, Electric Vehicles, Quality, Safety, IP, Dev Kits and selection tables for our MAX, Cyclone, and Enpirion families. 

 

 

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Automotive Quality

Altera is committed to delivering FPGAs and CPLDs that meet or exceed automotive quality and safety standards.

  • AEC-Q100 qualified devices (Tj =-40oC to 125oC)
  • ISO 9001:2000 certified supplier
  • TS16949-certified manufacturing partners
  • PPAP document provided with all automotive devices
  • Safety certification
  • Support more than 15-year average product life cycle

Altera Expands A-Grade Portfolio with PowerSoCs

Nine highly integrated step-down Enpirion PowerSoCs ranging from 0.6 to 12A capacity have joined Altera’s Automotive Product portfolio.  Their small footprints reduce the overall size of the power supply; shrinking the overall design size or freeing up PCB space to add more functionality to the board within the same space constraints.  These proven DC-DC modules are fully characterized solutions that reduce parasitic losses and minimize loop areas helping to further reduce emissions.  Their high efficiency helps to minimize thermal system design challenges by generating less heat and maximizing power transfer to their loads.

Paving the Way to Productivity

Automotive OEMs and manufacturers use Altera FPGAs and CPLDs to differentiate their automobiles with powerful, cost-effective, flexible design platforms that meet the performance, quality, life cycle, and scalability needs of their increasingly complex digital systems. With our automotive products, you can reduce system costs, improve reliability, and simplify complexity to accelerate time to market.

Altera’s automotive-grade portfolio of highly integrated Enpirion® PowerSoC power management solutions features 45,000 year mean time between failures (MTBF) and delivers high efficiency in a tiny footprint to maximize power density, simplify design, reduce system cost, and minimize heat.

Learn how Altera’s automotive-grade FPGAs, CPLDs, and power products, such as our low-cost, low-power Cyclone® series, can help you address some of your toughest automotive application design challenges.

Challenges for Automotive Designers

Three key challenges faced by today’s automotive electronics system designers:

  • Achieving faster development cycles
  • Developing cost-effective and flexible solutions
  • Meeting quality and safety requirements

Faster Development Cycles

The gap between consumer and automotive technologies has narrowed significantly with automotive innovations keeping pace with consumer, or in some cases, leading. For example, video analytics for driver assist systems rely on ultra-low latency precision algorithms to analyze real-time video feeds from a vehicle’s cameras and make split-second decisions. System designers need to use the latest silicon to achieve these levels, but new ASIC/ASSP development schedules cannot keep up with the faster development cycles.

Impact of FPGAs

More and more system designers are using FPGAs for volume applications because of the following advantages they offer:

  • Shorter time to market compared to ASIC solution through re-programmability and reduced risk vs. an ASSP with the ability to fix bugs without a redesign
  • Do not go through the same time consuming physical design, design-rule closure, tape-out, and fabrication processes that ASICs do
  • Ability to make hardware changes available in FPGAs are not an option with ASSP and microcontroller unit (MCU) designs
  • Altera’s Quartus® II design software offers innovative technologies to speed up system design and take advantage of FPGA in-system verification to reduce debugging effort

Cost-Effective and Flexible Solutions

Automotive OEMs are struggling with the economic and logistic realities of differentiating vehicles across hundreds of models and options. Many recognize the need for a modular system design approach based on flexible platforms that are customizable across several vehicle models or grades (entry, mid, high, or luxury).

  • Ability to scale the size of the FPGA within the same package so you can increase logic resources using the same board design
  • Meet your exact system requirements using an FPGA, resulting in an optimized system of the features you want, and you do not pay extra for features you will not use
  • Easily support multiple types of image, radar and laser sensors, and various network connectivity options like controller area network (CAN), FlexRay, media-oriented system transport (MOST), and Ethernet AVB
  • Wide range of automotive-grade devices including: MAX® II CPLDs, Cyclone and MAX 10 series FPGAs, and Cyclone V SoCs with ARM-based hard processor system (HPS)

We take business continuity planning (BCP) seriously and employ several initiatives to ensure you have continuous supply of product:

  • Use of six fabs across four locations
  • Dual fab strategy by Fabmatch® methodology
  • Multiple assembly site sourcing
  • Sub-material sourcing control


We understand that you need to support your products and vehicles for a minimum of 10 years after release. Our average product cycle is 15 years, with many of our products having lifetimes in excess of 20 years so you can design in our products with confidence. When change is absolutely mandatory, we take exceptional care to provide special product change notifications so you can manage the delicate rollout of changes to your customers, the automakers, in a coordinated and well-orchestrated manner.

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