Flash-based FPGAs for defense, aviation, and industrial applications introduced by Microsemi

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., 23 June 2013. The Microsemi Corp. SoC product group in Mountain View, Calif., is introducing the IGLOO2 field programmable gate array (FPGA) family for defense, aviation, industrial, security, and commercial communications applications.

Posted by John Keller
Posted by John Keller

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., 23 June 2013. The Microsemi Corp. SoC product group in Mountain View, Calif., is introducing the IGLOO2 field programmable gate array (FPGA) family for defense, aviation, industrial, security, and commercial communications applications.

The non-volatile flash-based IGLOO2 FPGAs have general purpose input/outputs (GPIOs), 5G SERDES interfaces, and PCI Express endpoints. The IGLOO2 FPGA family requires only two power supplies, and its non-volatile configuration eliminates the requirement for external flash memory.

Microsemi lead customers are planning to use IGLOO2 in FADEC engine controllers, missile systems, industrial controllers, Ethernet switches, and other applications, company officials say.

Microsemi's IGLOO2 FPGAs provide a LUT-based fabric, 5G transceivers, high-speed GPIO, block RAM and DSP blocks in a differentiated, cost- and power-optimized architecture. The IGLOO2 FPGA architecture offers as much as five times more logic density and three times more fabric performance than the previous generation IGLOO family.

IGLOO2's FPGA has are complemented by a built-in high-performance memory subsystem (HPMS) that embeds common user functions such as large monolithic embedded SRAM memory blocks. These memories provide fast, predictable low latency to time critical embedded applications such as video, embedded graphics functions, and real time Ethernet.

Included in the HPMS is up to 512 kilobytes of flash memory which enables users to store pertinent system data such as Ethernet MAC IDs, user keys, system configuration, and system personalization data. This have also enables secure boot functions for processors by storing secondary boot loaders securely on-chip.

In addition, the HPMS integrates two DMA controllers and a two-port memory cache (DDR bridges) to efficiently move data within and in-and-out of IGLOO2 to external DDR3 memories for these embedded time critical applications.

To protect valuable customer IP, the family includes built-in design security for all devices including root-of-trust applications in safety-critical, mission-critical, and high-temperature systems. IGLOO2 FPGAs are tailored to customers' needs by offering more resources on a smaller device.

For more information contact Microsemi online at www.microsemi.com.

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