Programmable Solutions at the Forefront of Innovation
Altera Corporation is at the forefront of technology innovation, providing customers programmable solutions for leading-edge electronic systems that are shaping our modern world. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, Altera has been supplying the industry with access to the latest programmable logic, process technologies, IP cores and development tools for more than 30 years. Altera was founded in 1983 and employs more than 3,000 people in over 20 countries.
Altera's innovative mindset, combined with technology leadership and operational excellence, enable today's largest technology and system companies to rapidly and cost effectively innovate, differentiate and win in their markets. The company's FPGAs, SoCs with embedded processor systems, CPLDs, ASICs, and complementary technologies, such as power solutions, are preferred by more than 12,000 customers worldwide in a variety of end-markets, including communications, networking, cloud computing and storage, industrial, automotive and defense.
Delivering Value with Leading-edge Programmable Solutions
Forging the next evolution in electronic design, Altera programmable solutions deliver fast time-to-market and an advantage over costly, high-risk ASIC development and inflexible ASSPs and digital signal processors. Altera offers value to a much broader market than was previously addressed by programmable logic products.
By maintaining strong, long-standing partnerships with industry-leading technology suppliers, such as foundry partners Intel and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Altera customers are assured of quality and on-time delivery. Altera enhances its own place-and-route design software with tools from best-in-class EDA vendors. With the assistance of a world-class distribution network, Altera services customers around the world. This highly successful business model allows Altera to focus on its core competency: the development and deployment of leading-edge programmable technology that provides maximum value to customers.
The purpose of this white paper is to evaluate improvements to Battery Management System (BMS) performance and cost with Altera® FPGAs. In many high-voltage battery systems, including electric vehicles, grid attached storage and industrial applications, the battery is a significant portion of the system cost, and needs to be carefully managed by a BMS to maximize battery life and to optimize charging and discharging performance. This white paper presents the BMS functional requirements for these applications and outlines existing BMS architectures. Key BMS architectural challenges are discussed and opportunities for Altera devices are identified. For each of these opportunities, the performance and cost of the existing solution are compared with Altera FPGA solutions. Altera devices provide architectural flexibility, scalability, customization, performance improvements, and system cost savings in BMS applications.