SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 FPGAs achieve PCIe 2.0 certification

25th November 2013
Nat Bowers

Microsemi has today revealed that PCI Express 2.0 endpoint specification certification has been granted to its SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs. Newly included on the PCI SIG Integrators List, the newly certified devices have been tested and found to provide a reduction of up to ten times static power consumption compared to other comparable PLCs, making them the industry's lowest power PCIe 2.0 programmable logic solutions.

Delivering unparalleled security and reliability, the SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs are ideal for high-availability, low-power applications in communications infrastructure equipment, programmable logic controllers, medical diagnostic equipment and bridging applications in defense equipment. Microsemi has also recently attained industry compliance certifications for hard intellectual property embedded in its industry-leading SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs including CAN and USB 2.0. Lowering their overall cost of ownership in a low power, secure and reliable SoC FPGA, Microsemi customers can expect correct operation in their systems by certifying these broadly used communications interfaces, enabling a shorter design cycle time.

Venkatesh Narayanan, director of Software & Systems Engineering for Microsemi's SoC Products Group, commented: "By leveraging the integrated PCIe blocks in our SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs designers can meet the high system bandwidth and programmable systems integration requirements needed in communications, industrial, aviation and defense applications at significantly lower power than competitive devices. Certifying the embedded hard IP in our groundbreaking solutions also helps our customers accelerate time-to-market, while providing an added level of assurance that our products deliver the performance called for in key industry standards."

Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs integrate inherently reliable flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166 megahertz ARM Cortex-M3 processor, advanced security processing accelerators, DSP blocks, SRAM, eNVM and industry-required high performance communication interfaces, all on a single chip. They are designed to address fundamental requirements for advanced security, high reliability and low power in critical communications, industrial, defense, aviation and medical applications.

Addressing the needs of today's cost-optimized FPGA markets, Microsemi's IGLOO2 FPGAs provide a LUT based fabric, 5G transceivers, high speed GPIO, block RAM, a high-performance memory subsystem, and DSP blocks in a differentiated, cost and power optimized architecture.

Offering up to five times more logic density and three times more fabric performance than its predecessors, this next generation IGLOO2 architecture combines a non-volatile flash based fabric with the highest number of general purpose I/Os, 5G SERDES interfaces and PCI Express end points when compared to other products in its class. IGLOO2 FPGAs offer best-in-class feature integration coupled with the lowest power, highest reliability and most advanced security in the industry.

SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs and IGLOO2 FPGAs are available in production quantities now, along with a full suite of development tools.

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