Boards/Backplanes

Evaluation kit is based on a 300K logic element FPGA

21st August 2017
Mick Elliott

The PolarFire Evaluation Kit from Microsemi, which allows designers to evaluate the PolarFire FPGA product family is now being shipped by distributor Mouser Electronics. The flash-based PolarFire field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) deliver 100K to 500K logic elements at up to 50% lower power consumption than equivalent SRAM-based FPGAs.

The Evaluation Kit 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 non-volatile FPGA fabric, 12.7Gbps transceivers, 1.6Gbps inputs and outputs (I/Os), hardened security IP, and crypto processors.

Included in the evaluation are 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.

Applications include 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 ModelSimsimulation with constraints management and debug capabilities.

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