Altera Arria 10 FPGAs Chosen to Support Real-Time High-Speed Airborne Ethernet Interconnection Technology in Demanding Environments

Silkan’s CETRAC Ethernet Interconnection Technology Achieves New Levels of Performance, and Connectivity Integrity for Critical Applications in a Single-Chip Platform

This news release was originally published on the newsroom of Altera, which is now a part of Intel. 
San Jose, Calif.,—June 15, 2015—Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) today announced that its Arria® 10 FPGAs have been chosen by Silkan, a provider of real-time data transmission, for its new deterministic real-time high-speed Ethernet interconnection technology. The Silkan CETRAC switch is a plug-and-play solution, using an Ethernet cable to connect critical systems in aerospace and defense (A&D) and instrumentations and controls (I&C) markets. It was developed to provide safe connectivity, low latency, and rapid delivery of information between these onboard systems, without any data corruption. The solution also supports avionics applications that must meet the requirements for Design Level Assurance (DAL) A and B, two of the highest safety levels in avionics. Silkan will demonstrate the new offering at the Paris Air Show June 15 to June 21, in Hall 4C #83.

Arria 10 FPGAs enable Silkan to meet Ethernet IEEE802.3 standards with a one-chip programmable platform, and to achieve new levels of performance, and improve connectivity safety and reliability, while offering a lower cost of ownership. CETRAC switches can also support non-critical applications needed in flight, offering guaranteed data integrity and low latency.

CETRAC is also provided as an IP core and is embeddable in Line-Replaceable Unit (LRU), which is a modular component on an airplane, ship or spacecraft. CETRAC offers full retro-compatibility with the company’s Arion100 product, an integrated, industrial, and real-time environment providing complete virtualization for a system.

“Our customers in avionics and the military demand systems that provide ever-increasing performance enabling safe and secure communication, and Arria 10 FPGAs enable our systems to meet the high safety standards required in avionics, with a low cost of ownership,” said Jean-Pierre Carsalade, vice president, sales and marketing, Silkan. “With CETRAC, we will be well-positioned to offer our customers best-in-class innovation in the field of Ethernet interconnection technology for critical systems.”

“We are pleased that Arria 10 FPGAs have enabled Silkan to enhance CETRAC’s performance, and can do so with a one-chip platform, which offers a reduced footprint,” said Ian Land, senior manager, Military, Aerospace and Government (MAG) business unit at Altera. “Demand for Arria 10 FPGA and SoCs has ramped up faster than any product in Altera’s history, and is now delivering the kinds of performance Silkan can demonstrate in its CETRAC real-time high-speed Ethernet interconnection technology.”

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About Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs
Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs deliver the highest performance at 20 nm, offering a one speed-grade performance advantage over competing 20 nm devices. Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs are up to 40 percent lower power than previous generation FPGAs and SoCs and feature the industry’s only hard floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) blocks with speeds up to 1,500 giga floating-point operations per second (GFLOPS). Arria 10 SoCs are the industry’s only 20 nm SoC FPGAs, featuring an integrated dual-core ARM® Cortex®-A9 hard processor system. For more information about Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs, visit

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