Aldec, HighRely and Leading FPGA Vendors Establish DO-254 Ecosystem

HENDERSON, Nev. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 13, 2010Aldec, Inc., an EDA leader in FPGA and ASIC Verification, and HighRely Inc., industry-leading DO-254/DO-178B avionics development and engineering services company, announce the establishment of a DO-254 ecosystem, including Aldec, HighRely and industry-leading programmable logic vendors: Actel® (NASDAQ: ACTL), Altera® (NASDAQ: ALTR) and Xilinx® (NASDAQ: XLNX). Aldec and HighRely provide a comprehensive certifiable DO-254 solution which covers the entire front-end and back-end of DO-254 compliance requirements for any DO-254 program that requires in hardware programmable logic validation. Aldec DO-254 at-speed in-hardware verification solution has been adopted at five global avionics companies over the last nine months and helped those organizations achieve Level A and B compliance all of which included programmable logic devices.

Partnering with HighRely will extend the reach of Aldec’s current industry-proven DO-254 compliance solution and provide customers with access to HighRely’s highly popular JumpCert-254 solution which includes dedicated DO-254 RelyTRACE traceability tool, RelyCHECK DO-254 processes/checklists, DO-254 training services, gap analysis and DER certification support. Zbyszek Zalewski, General Manager of Aldec, Inc. Hardware Business Unit, said, “Our end goal is to provide our existing and new customers full support of DO-254 compliant tools, training and services. We want to help and guide them to attain DO-254 compliance and certification for their DO-254 project from start to finish avoiding common confusion, pitfalls and mistakes.”

Mr. Tony Baghai, Co-founder of HighRely, said, “Costly mistakes result from lack of understanding, planning and applying DO-254’s true intent which can actually be very cost-effective when executed properly. DO-254 compliance will be straightforward if the right tools and expertise is applied.” He added, “The activities related to development and certification of hardware can improve the quality, reliability and maintainability of product, if done properly. HighRely’s JumpCert-254 is the world’s most popular DO-254 jumpstart to DO-254 in use at dozens of companies today. The integration with Aldec’s best-in-class tools was an easy decision and a win-win for everyone, particularly all the avionics developers requiring DO-254 compliance.”

The establishment of the DO-254 Ecosystem is the beginning of a larger expansion of the Aldec DO-254 solution in order to meet customers’ requirements for a front- to back-end solution which achieves DO-254 compliance. The Ecosystem is currently supported by the three largest programmable logic device vendors Actel, Altera and Xilinx.

Actel® has a 25-year history of providing programmable digital logic solutions to the military and aerospace design community. Actel offers high-reliability products, such as the RT ProASIC®3, RTAX-S/SL, and RTAX-DSP product families (for space applications) and the ProASIC3 and ProASIC3EL families, which have successfully been deployed in commercial avionics applications with DO-254 certification to Design Assurance Levels A and B. Actel's extensive portfolio of industry-proven IP cores and best-in-class software tools address the design challenges and needs of emerging military and aerospace applications. Many Actel products are available with military temperature screening (plastic and ceramic packages) or MIL-STD-883 Class B processing (ceramic packages only). For more information: http://www.actel.com/products/solutions/milaero/DO254.aspx.

Altera® launched the FPGA industry’s first DO-254 development environment for safety-critical solutions and services to companies requiring DO-254 compliance in their avionics systems. Offering DO-254 certifiable solutions enables customers to quickly approve and implement Altera’s FPGAs, HardCopy® ASIC, intellectual property (IP) cores and Nios II embedded processor into their avionics and military applications. Altera’s solutions focus on DO-254 levels A, B, C and D compliance. For more information on Altera’s DO-254 development environment, visit http://www.altera.com/end-markets/military-aerospace/do-254/mil-do-254.html.

HighRely

As North America’s largest and fastest-growing avionics certification/engineering company, HighRely has perfected the art of helping new customers become proficient and successful with DO-254. HighRely offers JumpCertTM as a pre-packaged set of products and services to jump-start, automate, augment, and finalize DO-254 product certification. JumpCertTM provides complete control of the DO-254 project with a fully customized set of products and services including any combination of the following:

          DO-254 Training: On-site or off-site, 9,000+ trained: more than all competitors combined.
DO-254 Process Documentation Templates
DO-254 Checklists via RELYCHECK
DO-254 Gap Analysis: What are the gaps in your process and what can be re-used?
Tool Recommendations: Which 3 rd party COTS tools should you use?
Certification Strategy: Specific recommendations to achieve certification
Engineering Services: Requirements, design and code, testing and on-site/off-site engineering.
DER Services: FAA registered Designated Engineering Representatives (DERs) by HighRely.
RelyTRACE: the DO-17B and DO-254 Compliant Traceability Tool.
RelyCheck: The DO-178B and DO-254 Compliant Automated Checklists Tool.

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