Microchip gives early access for its PolarFire FPGA for efficient, low-power embedded computing applications

Jan. 14, 2020
PolarFire FPGA uses as much as 50 percent lower power than competitive device, and eliminates the need for fans and heat sinks.

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Microchip Technology Inc. in Chandler, Ariz., is opening the Early Access Program (EAP) for the PolarFire field programmable gate array (FPGA) system-on-chip (SoC).

The platform offers a hardened real-time, Linux capable, RISC-V-based microprocessor subsystem on the mid-range PolarFire FPGA family for applications that require low power consumption, thermal efficiency, and defense-grade security in embedded computing systems.

Qualified EAP customers can start designing with Microchip's Libero SoC 12.3 FPGA design suite and SoftConsole 6.2 integrated development environment, and debug their embedded applications using Renode, a virtual model of the microprocessor subsystem.

The PolarFire SoC uses as much as 50 percent lower power than competitive devices. This can provide reduced bill of materials by eliminating the need for fans and heat sinks.

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It is an SoC FPGA with a deterministic, coherent RISC-V CPU cluster and a deterministic L2 memory subsystem enabling Linux plus real-time, low-power applications.

The support of real-time and rich operating systems like Linux is part of Microchip's growing Mi-V RISC-V ecosystem, a comprehensive suite of tools and design resources developed by Microchip and numerous third parties to fully support RISC-V designs. Ecosystem partners ready to support PolarFire SoC include Wind River, Mentor Graphics, WolfSSL, ExpressLogic, Veridify, Hex-Five, and FreeRTOS as well as development tools from IAR systems and AdaCore.

To qualify for the early access program, customers can contact [email protected]. The MPFS250T is expected to be available for sampling this fall. For more information contact Microchip Technology online at www.microchip.com.

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