Eval kit boosts access to programmable system-on-chip devices

July 10, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Microsemi says it is enabling OEMs to expedite prototyping and application development with its comprehensive SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA evaluation kit

The SmartFusion2 Evaluation Kit is designed to enable designers to quickly accelerate evaluation or prototype an application. Using Microsemi's mainstream SmartFusion2 FPGAs enables lowest power consumption in its class, high reliability and security technology to build highly differentiated products, in reduced time scales.

The 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 leading-edge evaluation board is small form-factor PCIe compliant, which can be used on any desktop PC or laptop with a PCIe slot.

The company positions the kit as being ideal for designers just starting to work with FPGA-based processors, for example, providing key mainstream features, with a 25K LE SmartFusion2 mainstream FPGA and SERDES evaluation capabilities at a very affordable price point.

The kit offers a set of features that includes 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.

Microsemi; www.microsemi.com/fpgaevaluationkit