The RTCA DO-254/Eurocae ED-80 standard provides guidance for design assurance of airborne electronic hardware, from conception through initial certification and subsequent post certification product improvements to ensure continued airworthiness. DO-254 defines objectives that must be met by avionics equipment manufacturers according to EASA and FAA guidelines.
The RTCA DO-254 standard defines five levels of criticality from level A (highest) to level E (lowest). These design assurance levels are required for all civil airborne electronic hardware. More recently, military airborne applications such as A400M are now requiring DO-254 compliance.
To support the DO-254 certification process, Altera and its partners are proposing a complete set of tools and intellectual property (IP) that provides the data to present to the certification authority (see Figure 1). Altera’s experience with developers of airborne systems yields the following recommendations, as shown in Table 1.
Figure 1. Altera's Full Design Cycle Partner Network Solutions