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Prototyping platform pushes Smartfusion2 designs

Posted: 07 Feb 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:prototyping platform  starter kit  SoC  FPGAs 

Microsemi Corp. launches the SmartFusion2 starter kit, a basic prototyping platform for the company's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs in the FG896 package.

The starter kit supports Ethernet, USB, SPI, I2C and UART. It includes a comprehensive breadboard with an area for GPIO or FPGA I/O connections to support a range of design requirements. It can be used with Microsemi's Libero SoC v11.0 beta software, which includes a free Libero Gold licence and comes preloaded with a uClinux demo.

With an included USB WiFi adapter, the kit has support for RaLink 5370 USB wireless radios, allowing uClinux to setup a wireless access point that serves DHCP WiFi connections. Users can start an HTTPD server and then access the SmartFusion2 device via a smart phone web browser or other wireless device. Emcraft Systems' Linux-based development environment is also supported. The SmartFusion2 device is available on an Emcraft Systems miniature (34mm x 59mm) mezzanine form factor system-on-module (M2S-SOM), which connects to the SOM-BSB-EXT baseboard.

The kit is USB powered, includes FlashPro4 programming and features 64MB LPDDR, 16MB SPI flash; user push-button connected to GPIO on the SOM; two user-controlled LEDs connected to GPIO on the SOM; power good LED indicating presence of the +3.3V SOM power; reset push button, reset-out LED.

And, depending on the design, it can provide necessary power supply voltages (+5V, +3.3V, +1.5V for power-optimised SOM operation) from external sources through dedicated pads on the breadboard.

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