Smart grid systems offer the engineer significant design challenges as these systems must have longevity, from not only a reliability standpoint but also from the perspectives of performance and functionality. In addition, smart grid products require their designers to keep abreast of the latest standards and make provisions for inevitable upgrades and updates. The Altera Cyclone V FPGA and Cyclone V SoC families provide engineers with technology—silicon, development tools, and intellectual property (IP)—that provide superior reliability, performance, time to market, maintainability, and cost.