Angela Sutton, Synopsys, Inc.
It comes as no surprise that the designers of FPGAs for military and aerospace applications are interested in increasing the reliability and availability of their designs. This is, of course, particularly true in the case of mission-critical and safety-critical electronic systems.
How can designers maintain high standards and ensure success for these types of demanding designs? The answers are here. This paper first provides brief definitions of key concepts: mission-critical, safety critical, high-reliability, and high-availability. The paper then considers the various elements associated with the creation of high-reliability and high-availability FPGA designs.