Field Programmable Gate Array Technology for NPP I&Cs

Field Programmable Gate Array Technology for NPP I&Cs

Vladimir Sklyar (Research and Production Corporation Radiy, Ukraine), Anton Andrashov (Research and Production Corporation Radiy, Ukraine), Eugene Babeshko (National Aerospace University named after N.E. Zhukovsky KhAI, Ukraine) and Andriy Kovalenko (Centre for Safety Infrastructure-Oriented Research and Analysis, Ukraine)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5133-3.ch004
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Abstract

FPGA is a convenient technology that is being applied intensively to build I&CS for critical industries like NPPs. Practical experience confirms that in some cases application of the FPGA technology is much more reasonable than application of other technologies like microprocessors, etc. Experience of RPC Radiy in FPGA-based I&C development is provided in this chapter, as well as general information on FPGAs. Dependability of NPP I&CS is an important but challenging task. There are several techniques that can be applied for safety and dependability assessments, but all of them have limitations and cannot be easily applied in most cases. Sometimes combined usage of different methods is the most appropriate solution. Techniques of dependability assessment and achievement developed and used by RPC Radiy, as well as elements of the assessment methodology are briefly described.
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Features Of Fpga Technology And Their Application In Npp I&Cs

This subsection provides results of comprehensive analysis of FPGA technology features, including approaches to implementation of FPGA-based development activities, as well as possible applications of the technology.

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