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TMCNet:  Altera introduces HSR and PRP reference design for smart grid equipment

[March 13, 2013]

Altera introduces HSR and PRP reference design for smart grid equipment

Mar 13, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Altera Corporation, a manufacturer of programmable logic devices, has announced the introduction of a High-availability Seamless Redundancy, or HSR, and Parallel Redundancy Protocol, or PRP, reference design targeting smart grid substation automation equipment.


Developed jointly with Flexibilis Oy, a provider of networking equipment and technologies for wireless and wired applications, the IEC 62439-3-compliant reference design includes Flexibilis Redundant Switch (FRS) intellectual property (IP) implemented on an Altera low-power Cyclone-class FPGA or Cyclone V SoC. The reference design simplifies development and implementation of communications systems in smart grid substations, Altera said.

"A key trend today in developing a smarter power grid is bidirectional communication and real-time control of the equipment in the grid's transmission and distribution substations," said Jason Chiang, senior strategic marketing manager in Altera's Industrial Business Unit. "Our FPGA-based HSR/PRP reference design enables equipment manufactures to build flexibility, performance, reliability and product longevity into their systems while lowering system costs and future proofing designs." The Flexibilis HSR/PRP IP included in the reference design is a triple-speed 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet Layer 2 switch that is scalable from 3 to 8 ports and is compliant with the IEC 62439-3 standard. The IP is optimized for use on an Altera low-power, low-cost Cyclone IV FPGA, Cyclone V FPGA or Cyclone V SoC, which feature an integrated dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor subsystem.

Cyclone V SoCs enable customers to reduce component costs by implementing their HSR/PRP switch along with the associated software stacks running on the ARM processor subsystem in the FPGA. For timing synchronization, the HSR/PRP solution supports IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) Version 2, the company concluded.

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