Design win; Altera’s Arria 10 in real-time high-speed airborne Ethernet

June 15, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
A design that implement Ethernet technology in demanding environments, Silkan’s CETRAC Ethernet interconnection technology achieves new levels of performance, and connectivity integrity for critical applications in a single-chip platform

Silkan (Paris) real-time data transmission specialist, has opted for Arria 10 FPGAs for its new deterministic real-time high-speed Ethernet interconnection technology. The Silkan CETRAC switch is a plug-and-play solution, using an Ethernet cable to connect critical systems in aerospace and defence (A&D) and instrumentations & controls (I&C) markets. It was developed to provide safe connectivity, low latency, and rapid delivery of information between these onboard systems, without any data corruption. The solution also supports avionics applications that must meet the requirements for Design Level Assurance (DAL) A, and B, two of the highest safety levels in avionics.

CETRAC switches can also support non-critical applications needed in flight, offering guaranteed data integrity and low latency. CETRAC is also provided as IP core and is embeddable in Line-Replaceable Unit (LRU), which is a modular component on an airplane, ship or spacecraft. CETRAC offers full retro-compatibility with the company’s Arion100 product, an integrated, industrial, and real-time environment providing complete virtualisation for a system.

“Our customers in avionics and the military demand systems that provide ever-increasing performance enabling safe and secure communication, and Arria 10 enables our systems to meet the high safety standards required in avionics, with a low cost of ownership,” said Jean-Pierre Carsalade, vice president, sales and marketing, Silkan. With CETRAC, we will be well-positioned to offer our customers best-in-class innovation in the field of Ethernet interconnection technology for critical systems”

Altera comments, “We are pleased that Arria 10 has enabled Silkan to enhance CETRAC’s performance, and can do so with a one-chip platform, which offers a reduced footprint.... Arria 10 demand has ramped up faster than any product in Altera history, and is now delivering the kinds of performance Silkan can demonstrate in its CETRAC real-time high-speed Ethernet interconnection technology.”

Silkan CETRAC;

20 nm-techology Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs are up to 40 percent lower power than previous generation FPGAs and SoCs include hard floating-point digital signal processing (DSP)