FPGA evaluation kit features PCI Express demonstration & tutorials

September 30, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Microsemi's low-cost IGLOO2 FPGA Evaluation Kit, provides a PCI Express (PCIe) compliant form factor evaluation platform. This full feature kit enables designers to quickly evaluate the integration, low power, security, instant-on and high reliability features of IGLOO2 FPGAs.

The $99 IGLOO2 FPGA Evaluation Kit includes a PCIe control plane demonstration design that streamlines and accelerates the development of transceiver I/O-based FPGA designs to build PCIe and Gigabit Ethernet based systems. As the kit is PCI Express form factor compliant, it allows for design, evaluation and development using a standard laptop with an ExpressCard slot or a desktop with a PCIe slot. Designers can also explore the high performance memory system (HPMS) capabilities of IGLOO2 FPGAs. The kit also includes methods to perform power measurements on our industry-leading low power IGLOO2 FPGA.

The IGLOO2 FPGA Evaluation Kit hosts the 12K logic element M2GL010T-1FGG484 device and includes an RJ45 interface to 10/100/1000 Ethernet, Full-Duplex SERDES SMAs, 512 MB of LPDDR, 64 MB SPI Flash, USB-UART connections as well as I 2C, SPI and GPIO headers. The kit includes a 12V power supply but can also be powered via the PCIe edge connector and a FlashPro4 JTAG programmer for programming and debugging. The kit allows for development and testing of PCIe Gen2 x1 lane designs, as well as testing of the FPGA transceiver’s signal quality using full-duplex SERDES SMA pairs. Test points are pulled out to allow easy power measurements using a standard digital multi-meter.

The kit includes Microsemi’s Libero SoC Gold Software License. The toolset is a comprehensive software toolset for designing with Microsemi FPGAs and SoC FPGAs. Libero SoC supports the IGLOO2 FPGA family by managing the entire design flow from design entry, synthesis and simulation, through place-and-route, timing and power analysis. It also enables FPGA development and utilisation of the reference designs made available with the kit.

Microsemi, in conjunction with its worldwide distribution partners, will be hosting a series of seminars globally. These seminars will include hands-on training with the IGLOO2 FPGA Evaluation Kit and Libero System-on-Chip (SoC) software. Dates for these events will be published on the events calendar at the company's website;

Microsemi; www.microsemi.com