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Altera's Partner Solutions

Developers today require world-class solutions that are easy to use and can be seamlessly integrated into their designs. By working closely with industry-leading partners, Altera ensures that developers have access to the most comprehensive solutions available.

Altera IP Partners

Altera's third-party intellectual property (IP) partnership program identifies megafunction developers, trains them on Altera® device architectures and tools, and promotes partners' solutions through Altera's broad marketing and sales channel. By carefully selecting and qualifying partners, Altera provides quality megafunctions while minimizing product overlaps. Companies interested in applying can submit an online application.

 

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Design Service Network

Design Service Network (DSN) members offer an extensive portfolio of design services, intellectual property (IP) and products that can help customers meet challenging product development needs, lower risk, and accelerate time to market. They have expertise designing with Altera products, tools, and intellectual property combined with application experience to offer customers a full-range of design services.

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EDA Partners

The Altera® Commitment to Cooperative Engineering Solutions (ACCESS) program ensures that you have a complete design solution in designing, verifying, and integrating Altera FPGAs and HardCopy® ASICs into your systems.

 

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SoC Partners

 

Altera and our ecosystem partners offer comprehensive operating system support and a broad range of embedded software components.

 

 

 

 

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OpenCL Board Partners

To leverage the flexibility of FPGAs and the variety of customizable hardware architectures that can be implemented, we have introduced the concept of reference platforms. These platforms provide a better out-of-the-box experience for performing Open Computing Language (OpenCL™) evaluations, creating custom OpenCL applications, and creating custom boards with an FPGA accelerator on it. 

 

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Altera COTS Board Partners

Altera works closely with COTS board partners to assure that customers can easily deploy the latest validated intellectual property (IP) onto proven production boards to lower system design and schedule risk when implementing complex high-performance systems. We can help with board and mezzanine-card selection to meet specific needs, device-type requirements, and design-time constraints.

 

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End Market Partners

 

The Altera® industrial partner ecosystem reduces your time to market by providing reference designs, intellectual property (IP), embedded solutions, and software – all of which are an integral part of Altera's industrial solutions platforms.

 

 

 

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The Altera® industrial partner ecosystem reduces your time to market by providing reference designs, intellectual property (IP), embedded solutions, and software – all of which are an integral part of Altera's industrial solutions platforms. Figure 1 shows various Altera industrial solutions platforms. Design services are also available from many of these industrial partners.

Figure 1. Altera Industrial Solutions Platforms

The ecosystem partners are categorized by industrial market and application expertise:

The Industrial Networking Partner Program (INPP) (Table 1) provides an ecosystem of established networking experts to enable developers to evaluate various Cyclone® III and Cyclone IV Industrial Ethernet and fieldbus solutions on a common hardware platform. These partners provide OpenCore Plus IP, reference designs, and design services to meet your network communication and FPGA development needs.

To take advantage of the flexible and programmable nature of Altera FPGAs to evaluate and develop multiple Industrial Ethernet protocol standards on a single FPGA such as a Cyclone IV device, you can start with a modular industrial solutions platform such as the Industrial Networking Kit (INK) from Terasic. Table 1 shows a list of Altera’s industrial networking partners and the real-time Ethernet IP they support on the Cyclone IV E INK.

Table 1. Industrial Networking Partner Program

Partner Description Cyclone IV IP on INK
FlexibilisFlexibilis Oy Inc. provides networking equipment and technologies based on industry-standard technologies and protocols for Smart Grid substation automation (and industrial automation). These include IEC 61850-compatible Ethernet switches with IEC 62439-3 Parallel Redundancy Protocol (Clause 4 PRP) and High-availability Seamless Redundancy (Clause 5 HSR) protocols, as well as IEEE 1588 Precision Transport Protocol (PTP) and transparent switch technologies on Altera Cyclone series FPGAs and SoCs.
Softing Industrial Automation GmbH

Softing specializes in fieldbus technology for industrial automation, providing industrial-networking protocol software and reference designs that support Altera FPGAs and Nios® II embedded processors.

IXXAT

IXXAT is one of the leading suppliers of data communication technology for the industrial automation and automotive industries. IXXAT's solutions support CAN (CANopen, DeviceNet) and real-time Ethernet (EtherNet/IP, PROFINET, EtherCAT, POWERLINK, and SERCOS III) protocol standards. IXXAT provides industrial networking protocol software and reference designs that support Altera FPGAs and Nios II embedded processors.

Beckhoff

Beckhoff implements open automation systems based on PC- and EtherCAT-based control technology. Beckhoff offers ideally suited components and streamlined automation systems for the EtherCAT real-time Ethernet system. Industrial PCs and embedded PCs offer a high-performance basis for PLC and motion control on the PC. With the EtherCAT I/Os, real-time Ethernet is available down to each I/O module with a large selection for all signal types. Highly dynamic servo drives permit an integrated, fast control technology. Beckhoff also offers ASICs and IP cores for EtherCAT slave implementations.

Automata

Automata develops, manufactures, and services electronics and software for small to mid-volume industrial automation customers. Automata is dedicated to the SERCOS interface and provides SERCOS II and SERCOS III solutions that support Altera Cyclone series FPGAs.

B & R
B&R offers an entire range of flexible and scalable automation products from a single source. The basis for B&R’s highly flexible and fully integrated solutions is the open real-time Ethernet technology POWERLINK. Combining the advantages of CANopen and real-time Ethernet, POWERLINK is ideally suited for both centralized and decentralized networks.B&R provides POWERLINK stack software and reference designs that support Altera® FPGAs and Nios® II embedded processors.

port

port is all about industrial communication with a focus on providing added value to CANopen, EtherCAT, POWERLINK, PROFINET and Ethernet/IP. Its added value offer reaches from the rugged, compact, and reliable protocol stacks, tools, and accessories to advanced line structure solutions like L2+ managed/unmanaged Ethernet Switch IP-Cores and embedded Switch Management Software. port’s solution adapts to your needs and can be modified by either the user or by port on behalf of the user. port improves the customer’s time to market without handicapping the customer.

Table 2. Industrial Networking – Additional Partners

Partner Products
Echelon CorporationEchelon is a pioneer and world leader in control networks and has developed the LonWorks control networking platform that is used to connect a wide range of machines and electronic devices over twisted pair or power line cables.
TTTech Computertechnik AGTTTech offers products to ensure the safety and reliability of networked systems. The company's solutions, based on TTP® and TTEthernetTM, support reference designs with Altera FPGAs and Nios II embedded processors. TTTech's products help to enhance system integration, reducing system complexity and lifecycle cost.

Table 3. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)

Partner Products
Gleichmann ResearchGleichmann (Electronics) Research, or GE-Research of Hagenberg, Austria, turns research prototypes into products. In close cooperation with the University of Hagenberg and other universities, GE-Research develops FPGA and ASIC design tools, as well as system-on-chip (SoC) solutions. With other key Altera partners, Gleichmann Research is developing reference platforms for the industrial and automotive markets.
KontronKontron AG ranks as one of the world's largest manufacturers of embedded computer technology (ECT) and supplies leading OEMs, system integrators, and application providers in a variety of market segments such as data and telecommunications, automation, mobile computing, medical technology, military technology, aerospace, and measuring and control engineering. Kontron also provides in-depth design support for product customization to meet the specific application requirements of their customers. As a Premier member of the Intel® Embedded Alliance, Kontron aims to create major competitive advantages for customers by significantly reducing time to market and costs.
KW SoftwareKW Software supplies industrial control and safety technology. ProConOS embedded CLR is the new, open, and unified IEC 61131 PLC run-time system for different automation tasks (PLC, PAC, motion control, CNS, robot, and sensor).
3S - Smart Software Solutions GmbH3S is one of the leading software manufacturers in the European automation industry. CoDeSys (Controller Development System) is the leading hardware-independent IEC 61131-3 programming system under Windows for creating industrial controller applications.

Table 4. Machine Vision (Industrial Imaging)

Partner Products
Integre Technologies LLC Integre is a leading provider of FPGA and PCB design and verification services, and IP verification and integration. Qualified as an Altera Certified Design Center since 2006, Integre's services range from support and direction at initial concept to post-production fabrication and system level integration. Integre's products include the Camera Link-compliant FPGA mezzanine card based on the Cyclone III FPGA.
Pleora Technologies Inc. Pleora Technologies Inc. pioneered the use of Gigabit Ethernet for real-time video connectivity and revolutionized industrial imaging. With this spirit of innovation, Pleora engineers high-performance, networked video connectivity solutions for the military, medical, and manufacturing sectors. Working with its rich portfolio of video networking elements, Pleora partners with customers to tailor solutions to their individual needs, from definition to deployment, with full integration support.
Sensor to Image GmbH Sensor to Image GmbH specializes in custom imaging hardware and industrial vision products such as cameras and framegrabbers, GigE machine vision, and software, as well as customized components. Using parallel and intelligent systems, Sensor to Image GmbH has developed digital camera systems for PCs right from the start, which in the future will also offer more and more evaluation possibilities within the camera itself. Development activities focus on a simple and efficient connection of the systems by means of standardized data transfer paths such as USB or Gigabit Ethernet.

Table 5. Motor Control

Partner Products
AlizemAlizem is a system-level IP core provider specializing in FPGA-based motor drive applications. Alizem provides application-specific, off-the-shelf motor control solutions that replace conventional motor control ICs and can be integrated easily into an FPGA without the need of extensive FPGA or motor control expertise. These solutions enable you to increase your products’ power savings and reliability while reducing your costs and your time to market. Alizem Motor Control IP cores are bundled with a complete set of engineering and support services.
Arrow ElectronicsArrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services, and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow carries the full Altera product line.
EBV ElektronikEBV Elektronik is the leading specialist in EMEA Semiconductor Distribution by being the partner of choice for its customers, suppliers and employees. EBV Elektronik maintains its successful strategy of personal commitment to customers and excellent services. Technical Sales Specialists (230 of them) provide a strong focus on a selected group of long-term manufacturing partners. Continuously trained Application Specialists (110 of them) offer extensive application know-how and design expertise. EBV carries the full product line card from Altera and supports the DB3C40 industrial communications kit and FalconEye motor control platform.
iC-Haus GmbH iC-Haus GmbH is a leading independent German manufacturer of standard iCs (ASSP) and customized ASiC semiconductor solutions. The Open Source BiSS Interface introduced in 2002 by iC-Haus has become a worldwide standard in automation and positioning. The BiSS master IP for Altera FPGAs manages the communication with BiSS/SSI devices and provides SPI or parallel interface to the host. The IP is supported on the Cyclone IV, Cyclone V and Cyclone V SoC device families and is also used in Altera’s drive-on-a-chip reference designs.
Unjo ABUnjo AB (Electric Motor Control Systems of Sweden) develops, designs, and manufactures complex/high-performance/parallel electric motor controls and control systems and offers services to customize solutions for customer applications. Unjo developed the OpenFire motor control IP that drives the motor functions on the Arrow MotionFire Development Kit. Unjo also offers IP for Altera FPGAs and solutions like the Gepard motor control unit, capable of managing up to 12 individually controlled motor phases in PMSM motors, brushless DC motors, and 2- or 3-phase step motors or brushed DC motors.

Table 6. Smart Energy/Smart Grid

Partner Products
FlexibilisFlexibilis Oy Inc. is a provider of networking equipment and technologies based on industry-standard technologies and protocols for Smart Grid substation automation (and industrial automation). These include IEC 61850-compatible Ethernet switches with IEC 62439-3 Parallel Redundancy Protocol (Clause 4 PRP) and High-availability Seamless Redundancy (Clause 5 HSR) protocols, as well as IEEE 1588 Precision Transport Protocol (PTP) and transparent switch technologies on Altera Cyclone series FPGAs and SoCs.

Table 7. Video Surveillance

Partner Products
Apical Limited Apical is the industry leader in advanced dynamic range management and noise-reduction technology for embedded applications. The company's products are derived from research into the human visual system and are designed to maximize the performance of a wide range of image capture and display devices. The product range comprises hardware IP cores and embedded software libraries. Apical is a privately held company based in the UK.
EyeLytics EyeLytics provides surveillance IP camera technologies. EyeLytics' customers are camera manufacturers who want to differentiate themselves with high quality, high performance, feature rich and low cost products. EyeLytics Main/Baseline Profile H.264 Encoder IP core enables fitting the whole IP camera technology inside a single low cost Cyclone III FPGA. EyeLytics also offers design services to the surveillance industries.
Jointwave Group LLC Jointwave focuses on video technology and provides codec and related IP cores for both FPGAs and ASICs. Jointwave’s high performance H.264 video encoder provides broadcast level video quality, but consumes extremely low power and small hardware resources. Jointwave solutions run at all FPGA temperature ranges, which expands video applications to areas previously considered as impossible or cost-prohibitive. Jointwave provides comprehensive consultations and technical support to help customers evaluate and implement a complete H.264 solution.

Table 8. Other Solutions Partners

Partner Products
System Level Solutions (SLS)As industrial automation and motion control applications are evolving to meet the changing needs of the industry, System Level Solutions ensures the smooth and efficient operation of critical industrial equipment by providing the creativity and integration know-how to help you maneuver the pitfalls inherent in combining disparate hardware, software, and IP. From project inception to completion, System Level Solutions provides product design, IP development, software design, board design, system evaluation, efficiency evaluation, sensing technology, monitoring technology, productivity enhancement, machine control, design services, and manufacturing.