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Altera Showcases Efficient and Safety-Integrated Drive Systems at SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2011

Test Drive Industry's First Virtual Target for Software Development on SoC FPGAs

San Jose, Calif., Oct. 31, 2011—Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced it will demonstrate its latest industrial embedded solutions for energy-efficient and safety-integrated drive systems at SPS/IPC/DRIVES Electric Automation Exhibition and Conference in Nuremberg, Germany.

Altera will highlight how its Cyclone® series of FPGAs enables integrated, high-performance industrial systems such as drive systems with a high-performance control loop in floating point. Visitors to the booth also can test drive the industry's first Virtual Target for software development on the new Cyclone V SoC FPGA with the integrated ARM® Cortex™-A9 MPCore™ processor. Many designers use Cyclone FPGAs in a wide range of industrial applications including drives, PLCs, inverters and embedded control.

What: SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2011When: Tues., Nov. 22 to Thurs., Nov. 24Where: Hall 6, Stand 111, Exhibition Centre, Nuremberg, GermanyDemonstrations

Altera's product and solution demonstrations include:

"Drive-on-a-chip" solution through model-based design

  • Leveraging the FPGA industry's first variable-precision DSP architecture, Altera tools such as DSP Builder and Qsys take advantage of floating-point algorithms implemented in MathWorks Simulink to reduce control loop latency and extend intellectual property (IP) reuse
  • Building a drive on a single device by integrating the motor control algorithm, logic, encoder interface and Industrial Ethernet protocols
  • Using EBV Elektronik's FalconEye FPGA system with a brushless motor to deliver a flexible hardware reference platform that significantly reduces development time

Support for multiple industrial networking protocols on a single device

  • The Industrial Networking Kit (INK), featuring the Cyclone IV E FPGA, expands support for the leading Industrial Ethernet protocols on a single FPGA

Integrated FPGA control for 3-level IGBTs

  • A hardware reference system highlighting an efficient method for 3-level space-vector modulation for inverters and high-frequency drives
  • The latest in 3-level insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) with smaller output voltage steps that reduce potential issues with long power cables between the inverter and motor

New software development tool for ARM-Based SoC FPGAs

  • FPGA industry's first Virtual Target for software development on SoC FPGAs designed to enable immediate device-specific embedded software development
  • PC-based functional simulation of embedded development board for Cyclone V and Arria® V SoC FPGA devices
  • Binary- and register-compatible, functional equivalent of SoC FPGA board ensures that software developed on the Virtual Target can be moved to the actual board with minimal effort

Free Workshops

In addition to the in-booth demonstrations, Altera will host two free workshops:

"Shortening Time To Market for Certified Functional Safety Applications with FPGAs"Participants will learn how to simplify and reduce development time for safety-integrated certification. Altera is the first FPGA supplier to obtain qualification of its devices and tools under safety standard IEC 61508.Dates: Nov. 22, 2 p.m. and Nov. 23, 10 a.m.Location: Lissabon Room, CCN Mitte, Messezentrum

"Optimizing FPGA Motor Control Designs With The Right Tool Flow"Co-presented with EBV Elektronik, this workshop will demonstrate the benefits of an FPGA-based motor control system leveraging a model-based design flow.Dates: Nov. 22, 10 a.m. and Nov. 23, 2 p.m.Location: Lissabon Room, CCN Mitte, Messezentrum

Seating for both workshops is limited.

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