Eight reasons to use FPGAs in functional safety applications

FPGA, ASIC, and CPLD technologies are playing an increasing role in functional safety product development. International functional safety standards such as IEC 61508 are adding guidance for FPGA vendors on the standard’s requirements, showing assessors how to certify FPGA-based designs, and offering customers advice on using FPGAs in their safety applications. So here are eight reasons to use FPGAs instead of microcontrollers or DSPs in an IEC 61508 compliant functional safety project.

Author: Ron Wilson, Intel Programmable Solutions Group


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