Design services for FPGAs in DO-245-compliant avionics

August 14, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
A collaboration between Microsemi and eInfochips aims at providing designers with a path to use FPGA-based products in conjunction with DO-254 compliant design and re-engineering solutions for aerospace applications

Microsemi and engineering R&D services company eInfochips have established a collaboration to provide DO-254 compliant design services for the aerospace industry. Companies that build critical avionics systems can take advantage of the immunity to configuration upsets of Microsemi's FPGA-based products such as SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2, and can rely on the the leading design practices deployed by eInfochips to improve design efficiency, reliability and performance.

“Many of our aerospace customers are looking for ways to accelerate their product design. They seek reliable partners to supplement their expertise,” said Ken O’Neill, director of marketing, space and aviation, at Microsemi. “Through our relationship with eInfochips, our customers can access proven DO-254 design experience for advanced, high performance, avionics systems using our highly reliable, low power FPGAs.”

The reliability of Microsemi’s families of FPGA products, arising from the complete absence of radiation-induced configuration upsets, suits them for safety-critical applications such as commercial aviation. Microsemi’s Flash and antifuse FPGAs have been used in applications requiring DO-254 certification to design assurance level A and B (DAL-A, DAL-B)—the most stringent of safety critical applications in commercial aviation—and have achieved flight heritage on many commercial aircraft programs.

“Our clients strive to achieve reliability for their products, to clear FAA audits with minimal findings,” said Parag Mehta, chief marketing and business development officer at eInfochips. “Microsemi’s FPGAs, such as the IGLOO2 family, with SEU immune fabric configuration cells, provide the reliability essential for DO-254 compliant systems.”

eInfochips’ designs are already deployed on many leading global commercial and military aircraft. The company offers expertise on DO-254, DO-178B and DO-160 for product design, re-engineering and sustenance services. The company has experience with critical products such as flight control systems, multi-function displays, navigation systems, communication equipment and cabin management systems, among others.

Microsemi; www.microsemi.com

eInfochips; www.einfochips.com