Verification and Validation of Field Programmable Gate Arrays in the Aerospace and Defense Industry

Verification and Validation of Field Programmable Gate Arrays in the Aerospace and Defense Industry
Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are finding an increasing number of applications in the Aerospace and Defense Industry. The FPGA is a semiconductor device that can be programmed on the field—after manufacturing—for product features and functions, new standards, and specific applications. They provide rapid prototyping, easy debugging at an optimized cost, and help lower the risk of product obsolescence. Successful implementation of FGPAs requires in-depth knowledge, a security-based development cycle, process adherence, and expertise. Verification and validation (V&V) in the aviation industry requires strict adherence to stringent design assurance guidelines laid out by DO 254 for programmable electronic hardware like FPGAs. This paper discusses the key technical challenges involved in V&V of FGPA in the aerospace and defense industry. It highlights lessons learned and industry best practices that can be adopted to overcome the existing challenges and substantiates it with a case study demonstrating a successful global partnership model for FPGA verification and validation. It further sheds light on how a global partnership can help optimize FPGA development by driving innovation, optimizing cost, and providing access to resources in emerging markets.
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