FPGA development tool receives key functional safety certifications

27th January 2020
Lanna Deamer

Lattice Semiconductor has announced that its easy to use Lattice Diamond FPGA design and verification software environment (version 3.10 Service Pack 3) is certified ascompliant with the IEC 61508 and ISO 26262 functional safety standards. These standards are widely used by developers in automotive and industrial applications, as OEMs require mission-critical systems used in their industrial control equipment and vehicles to deliver highly reliable performance with minimal system failures.

Jatinder P. Singh, Marketing Manager, Automotive at Lattice Semiconductor said: “As automotive and industrial developers integrate more electronics into their system designs, they require more hardware options to choose from to better address specific application requirements. Certifying that our Lattice Diamond design software is compliant with both the IEC 61508 and ISO 26262 standards makes our low power, small form factor FPGAs a more compelling hardware option for our automotive and industrial customers, and illustrates Lattice’s commitment to expanding our presence in these strategically important markets.”

“At Tata Elxsi, we provide product engineering and design services across multiple industries, including industrial and automotive. For many of those customers, supporting functional safety standards isn’t an option, it’s a must-have requirement,” said Dr. Milind Gandhe, Vice President - Systems Business Unit, Tata Elxsi. “By having the Lattice Diamond software IEC 61508 and ISO 26262 certified, Lattice has enabled Tata Elxsi to offer Lattice FPGA-based systems to a broader range of industrial and automotive clients.”

Lattice Diamond design software is a complete FPGA design and verification environment optimised for use with low power Lattice FPGAs. It contains all of the design tools and features developers need to program Lattice FPGAs, from initial design concept to downloading the final bitstream to the Lattice device.

Designers can get started quickly as the software can accommodate their preferred style of working and provides tools that make common tasks easier, enabling them to complete designs faster and with greater ease-of-use.

Designers can choose to use VHDL, Verilog, or a mix of both languages, as well as incorporate IP by dragging and dropping IP components into the design with Lattice Diamond’s IP Catalog tool. The Lattice Diamond software automatically performs the necessary place and route functions to integrate the new IP block.

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