Microchip Technology announces Early Access Program for PolarFire system-on-chip field programmable gate array

  • December 11, 2019
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Microchip Technology announces Early Access Program for PolarFire system-on-chip field programmable gate array
Microchip Technology announces Early Access Program for PolarFire system-on-chip field programmable gate array

December 11, 2019—Microchip Technology is opening the Early Access Program (EAP) for the PolarFire system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate array (FPGA). The platform offers the a hardened real-time, Linux capable, RISC-V-based microprocessor subsystem on the mid-range PolarFire FPGA family, bringing class-leading low power consumption, thermal efficiency and defense grade security to embedded systems. 

Qualified EAP customers can start designing now with Microchip’s Libero SoC 12.3 FPGA design suite and SoftConsole 6.2 integrated development environment for the embedded developer. Customers can also debug their embedded applications using Renode, a virtual model of the microprocessor subsystem.  

The support of real-time and rich operating systems like Linux is part of Microchip’s Mi-V RISC-V ecosystem, a suite of tools and design resources developed by Microchip and numerous third parties to fully support RISC-V designs. Ecosystem partners ready to support PolarFire SoC include WindRiver, Mentor Graphics, WolfSSL, ExpressLogic, Veridify, Hex-Five, and FreeRTOS as well as development tools from IAR systems and AdaCore.

PolarFire SoC includes debug capabilities including instruction trace and passive run-time configurable Advanced eXtensible Interface (AXI) bus monitors from Mi-V partner UltraSoC, 50 breakpoints, FPGA fabric monitors, and Microchip's built-in two-channel logic analyzer SmartDebug. The PolarFire SoC architecture includes reliability and security features such as single error correction and double error detection (SEC-DED) on all memories, physical memory protection, a differential power analysis (DPA) resistant crypto core, defense-grade secure boot and 128 Kb of flash boot memory.

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