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FPGA kit from Microsemi claims to speed up prototyping

Posted: 11 Jul 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Microsemi  prototyping  FPGA  PCI Express  Gigabit Ethernet 

Microsemi Corp. has released its SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA Evaluation Kit that the company describes as an easy-to-use, feature-rich, affordable platform geared to enable designers to quickly and easily accelerate evaluation or prototype their application. Using the company's mainstream SmartFusion2 FPGAs allows OEMs to leverage the device's lowest power consumption in its class, high reliability capabilities and best-in-class security technology to build highly differentiated products that help them gain a significant time to market advantage, stated Microsemi.

A prime example is that the SmartFusion2 Evaluation Kit allows for simplified development of transceiver I/O-based FPGA designs necessary in today's PCI Express (PCIe) and Gigabit Ethernet-based systems. For faster evaluation and prototyping, Microsemi's evaluation board is small form-factor PCIe compliant, which can be used on any desktop PC or laptop with a PCIe slot.

The kit offers a comprehensive set of features that include PCIe, Gigabit Ethernet, full-duplex SERDES SMA pairs, DDR memory, SPI Flash, USB On-The-Go and several expansion interfaces that create the needed flexibility for a wide range of application development. With purchase of the evaluation kit, developers also have access to Microsemi's full array of industry leading development resources such as reference designs and the ability to launch example application demonstrations.

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