Optimal control of new or upgraded smart grids require end-to-end communications and efficient power networks, especially in transmission and distribution (T&D) substations. To support automation, the equipment needs to monitor, control, and secure the grid in real time for more efficient management of peak demand loads. Intel® FPGA technologies play pivotal roles across the complex smart grid ecosystem.
Across substation and utility automation applications, IEC 61850 over Ethernet with IEC 62439-3 Clause 4 Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) and Clause 5 High-Availability Seamless Redundancy (HSR) standards are fast becoming the backbone of high-availability networks in smart grid systems. Designers will face some tough challenges when dealing with substation equipment that must support mission-critical systems in real time and long life cycles that place demands on reliability, upgradability, and interchangeability.
The real-time switch requirements in a redundant network are ideal for implementing in FPGAs. Our low-cost Cyclone® V FPGAs and Cyclone V SoCs meet the performance requirements of Gbps Ethernet traffic with PRP/HSR redundancy and evolving PRP/HSR standards.
No-Hassle PRP/HSR Ethernet Switch On FPGA
To make it easier for you to implement your smart grid design, we teamed with Flexibilis, a leading networking equipment and intellectual property (IP) provider. The Flexibilis Redundant Switch (FRS) is a GbE switch that supports both PRP and HSR protocol standards. The combination of our FPGA with the FRS IP provides an easy and cost-effective way for you to develop your PRP/HSR switch with:
- No license negotiation
- No up-front licensing costs
- No per-unit royalty reporting
Key features of the FRS IP:
- Scalable from three to eight ports on our Cyclone IV, Cyclone V, and Cyclone V SoC devices
- Full-duplex 1000 Mbps (GMII1) and 10/100 Mbps (MII2) on all ports
- Wire-speed packet forwarding
- Non-blocking operations
- Reliable store-and-forward operation with data integrity checking
- HSR redundancy box (RedBox), HSR end-node, and HSR quadruple port device (QuadBox); PRP RedBox and doubly attached nodes for PRP (DANP)
- Compatible with IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) transparent clock
Three Steps to Starting Your Design
- Request the IP and review the technical documentation.
- Download the reference design.
- When you are ready to go into production, purchase your FPGA plus a low-cost security CPLD through your local Altera sales representative.
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- Watch Webcast
- Request HSR/PRP IP from Flexibilis
- Download Reference Design
- Watch the Flexibilis Tutorial Video (YouTube)
- Overcoming Smart Grid Equipment Design Challenges with FPGAs (PDF)
- Implementing Ethernet-Based Smart Grid Technologies in with SoC FPGA-HSR and IEEE 1588 PTP
- HSR/PRP Switch Overview (PDF)
- Flexibilis Redundant Switch overview and documentation
- Cyclone V SoCs
- Cyclone V FPGAs