The folks at Altera and HCELL Engineering have announced the development of a safety-critical version of Altera's Nios II embedded processor.
This embedded processor core complies with the objectives and requirements of the DO-254 hardware avionic standard and meets the highest design-assurance levels. This safety-critical version of the Nios II processor is offered through HCELL Engineering to customers who must comply with DO-254 requirements.
Altera's Nios II embedded processor is a configurable, 32-bit FPGA-based soft microprocessor used in a wide variety of applications and end markets, including military, aerospace and avionics. The Nios II processor provides a high-performance, low-cost and flexible microprocessor core that is capable of meeting customers' unique demands. The processor core allows users to target a range of silicon, including CPLDs, FPGAs and HardCopy ASICs, covering nearly every customer's cost and performance needs.
HCELL Engineering will provide complete DO-254 certification for the safety-critical Nios II embedded processor, including source code and documentation such as a PHAC-plan for hardware certification, a hardware design document (HDD), and a hardware accomplishment summary (HAS). Airborne electronic hardware designers complying with the DO-254 standard can leverage this soft processor core while minimizing obsolescence in systems that typically have long life cycles. The safety-critical Nios II embedded processors are implemented within Altera's portfolio of Cyclone and Stratix FPGAs and HardCopy ASICs.
Altera and HCELL Engineering worked closely with Thales Aerospace to validate this safety-critical version of the Nios II embedded processor within its latest avionics system.
The DO-254-certifiable, safety-critical version of the Nios II embedded processor is available and supported by HCELL Engineering. For more information, contact an HCELL Engineering sales representative or visit www.hcell-engineering.com.
For more information about the DO-254 Users Group and initiative, visit www.do254.com, and for more information about Altera's DO-254 Global Partner Network, visit www.altera.com/end-markets/military-aerospace/do-254/mil-do-254.html.