Altera has announced that its Stratix and Cyclone FPGAs have been certified to be in compliance with the Aerospace Qualified Electronic Components (AQEC) specification GEIA-STD-0002-01. The specification, created by more than a dozen semiconductor manufacturers (including Altera) and avionic developers, provides a formal compliance process to assure customers that commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components meet the low-risk, high-reliability needs of the military and aerospace electronics market. Altera's programmable logic devices are claimed to be the first to receive AQEC certification.
Altera's enhanced COTS strategy
Participation in the AQEC working group is a key part of Altera's enhanced COTS strategy, which addresses the unique needs of the military and aerospace market. The strategy includes providing devices that support a wide range of temperature gradients, die business support, long-term obsolescence protection, and a consistent supply chain. The digital signal processing (DSP) performance and density features of the Stratix FPGA series, and the low cost and low power of the Cyclone FPGA series, enable military and aerospace manufacturers to develop highly reliable designs with reduced risk.
Altera's Stratix II and Cyclone II FPGAs, and MAX II CPLDs are currently in the process of obtaining AQEC certification. Stratix II FPGAs include anti-tampering design security using a 128-bit advanced encryption standard (AES) design security key. (For more information on encryption techniques like DES, Triple-DES, AES, PGP, and public-key encryption, check out the How to implement an open IP encryption flow article on Programmable Logic DesignLine.)
The AQEC specification requires semiconductor manufacturers and distributors to document the processes they use to analyze, test, or otherwise characterize their COTS products. The release of the AQEC specification, GEIA-STD-0002-01 "Aerospace Qualified Electric Component Requirements, Volume 1 – Integrated Circuits and Semiconductors," meets a Department of Defense milestone created to enhance the performance and cost benefits of COTS components. The AQEC working group, in conjunction with the Government Electronics and Information Technology Association (GEIA), was responsible for the creation and publication of the specification.
To learn more about Altera's enhanced COTS strategy, visit www.altera.com/enhanced-COTS. More information about the AQEC specification can be found in the official AQEC White Paper.