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FPGA-based 6U SBC Offers Triple Redundancy

Thu, 04/15/2010 - 9:08am
FPGA-based single board computerMEN Micro offers a 6U FPGA-based, triple-redundant D602 cPCI SBC that uses a lock-step architecture to make the board appropriate for highly mission-critical applications. The lock-step architecture provides a redundant computing system that runs the same set of operations in parallel, so the programming only views hardware components once. PikeOS from Sysgo and several VxWorks operating systems platforms targeting safety-critical deployments are now available. In addition to the general purpose real-time operating system (RTOS) VxWorks 6.6, Wind River also supplies VxWorks platforms that support safety certifications up to DO-178B and EUROCAE ED-12B Level A, and to DAL-A or IEC 61508 SIL 4. Wind River provides support with board support packages (BSPs) for its safety certification operating systems, VxWorks DO-178B and VxWorks 61508. The 900 MHz PowerPC 750, the 512 MB main memory and the internal structure of the FPGA are triple redundant. Critical functions, such as voters, implemented as IP cores in the FPGA ensure that at least two of the three redundant components provide the same result to guarantee safety. The system remains completely operational even if one of the three redundant components fails, providing the required availability for highly critical systems.

MEN Micro, Inc.

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