Mouser Provides Microsemi PolarFire FPGA Evaluation Kit

Mouser Electronics is now offering the PolarFire Evaluation Kit from Microsemi, which allows designers to evaluate the highly regarded PolarFire FPGA product family. The flash-based PolarFire FPGAs deliver 100K to 500K logic elements at up to 50 percent lower power consumption than equivalent SRAM-based FPGAs, as well as best-in-class security and reliability.

The Microsemi PolarFire Evaluation Kit, available to order from Mouser Electronics, provides a robust hardware design platform based on a 300K logic element PolarFire FPGA with DDR4, DDR3 and SPI-flash memory. The onboard FPGA integrates reliable PRINT_Microsemi PolarFire Eval Kitnon-volatile FPGA fabric, 12.7 Gbps transceivers, 1.6 Gbps inputs and outputs (I/Os), best-in-class-performance, hardened security IP, and crypto processors. The silicon features power optimization with the lowest static power for mid-range FPGAs, while the Flash Freeze mode yields best-in-class standby power.

The evaluation kit includes SMA connectors for testing the transceiver channel, high pin count FPGA mezzanine card, x4 PCIe edge connector, dual Gigabit Ethernet connectors, and programming using an on-board embedded FlashPro5 programmer. The kit provides high-performance evaluation for a variety of applications, such as industrial automation, cellular infrastructure, security, imaging and video, and USB.

The kit also ships with a one-year Libero Gold Software License, which includes the Libero SoC PolarFire Design Suite of comprehensive, easy-to-learn, easy-to-adopt development tools. The suite integrates industry-standard Synopsys Synplify Pro synthesis and Mentor Graphics ModelSim simulation with best-in-class constraints management and debug capabilities.

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TeraFire Hard Cryptographic Microprocessor

Microsemi Corp. recently added Athena’s TeraFire cryptographic microprocessor to its new PolarFire field programmable gate array (FPGA) “S class” family. The TeraFire hard core provides Microsemi customers access to advanced security capabilities with high performance and low power consumption.Microsemi

Features, benefits, and  specs:

  • Supports additional algorithms and key sizes commonly used in commercial Internet communications protocols such as TLS, IPSec, MACSec and KeySec.
  • The Athena TeraFire EXP-5200B DPA-resistant cryptographic microprocessor capable of nearly 200MHz operation.
  • Enables high-speed DPA-resistant cryptographic protocols at speeds well over 100 Mbps
  • Integrated true random number generator for generating keys on-chip and for protecting cryptographic protocols
  • The TeraFire crypto microprocessor is extensible with additional object code licensed from Athena or with accelerators attached via the PolarFire FPGA fabric

Microsemi’s PolarFire “S class” FPGAs with Athena’s TeraFire cryptographic microprocessor will be available in Q2 2017. A soft version of the core is available for Microsemi’s SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs.

Source: Microsemi 

Radiation-Tolerant FPGA Kit

Microsemi recently announced the availability of the RTG4 FPGA Development Kit for high-bandwidth space applications. The innovative kit provides space designers an evaluation and development platform for applications such as data transmission, serial connectivity, and more.Microsemi RTG4-Dev Kit

The development kit provides all necessary reference to evaluate and adopt RTG4 technology quickly. You don’t need to build a test board and assemble the device onto the board. The RTG4 Development Kit is ideal for evaluating and designing for remote sensing space payloads, radar and imaging, and spectrometry. Other applications include mobile satellite services (MSS) communication satellites, high-altitude aviation, medical electronics, and civilian nuclear power plant control.

RTG4 FPGAs feature reprogrammable flash configuration, which makes prototyping easier. Reprogrammable flash technology offers complete immunity to radiation-induced configuration upsets in the harshest radiation environments, without the configuration scrubbing required with SRAM FPGA technology. RTG4 supports space applications requiring up to 150,000 logic elements and up to 300 MHz of system performance.

The RTG4 Development Kit’s features and specs:

  • One RT4G150 device in a ceramic package with 1,657 pins
  • Two 1GB DDR3 synchronous dynamic random access memory (SDRAM)
  • 2GB SPI flash memory
  • PCI Express Gen 1 interface
  • One pair SMA connectors for testing of the full-duplex SERDES channel
  • Two FMC connectors with HPC/LPC pinout for expansion
  • RJ45 interface for 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • USB micro-AB connector
  • Embedded Flashpro5 programmer and external programming header
  • Current measurement test points

The RTG4 Development Kit features a RT4G150 device offering more than 150,000 logic elements in a ceramic package with 1,657 pins. Kits are available now for purchase.

Source: Microsemi

SmartFusion2 Advanced Dev Kit

Microsemi Corp. has announced a new larges-density, low-power SmartFusion2 150K LE SoC FPGA Advanced Development Kit. It’s meant for board-level designers and system architects who need to rapidly create system-level designs.

Source: Microsemi Corp.

Source: Microsemi Corp.

The kit’s features include:

  • Largest 150K LE development device
  • 2x FMC connectors (HPC and LPC)
  • Purchase of kits comes with a free one-year Libero SoC design software platinum license (valued at $2,500)
  • DDR3, SPI flash
  • 2× Gigabit Ethernet connectors
  • SMA connectors
  • PCIe x4 edge connector
  • Power measurement test points

Source: Microsemi