Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC programmable hosted on DSP system-on-module

April 14, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Offering low power and secure digital signal processing, this system-on-module is the outcome of a collaboration between Microsemi and Solectrix (Nuremmberg, Germany) aims to exploit the capabilities of Microsemi's FPGA-based SoC to enable faster time to market for imaging and video processing systems.

Solectrix’ SxoM-SF2 is a high performance, low power, secure and compact digital signal processing (DSP) system-on-module (SOM) solution based on Microsemi’s SmartFusion2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate array (FPGA) devices. SXoM-SF2 SOM, with a SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA and DDR3 memory, enables higher performance applications to be built quickly, reducing time to market.


At a compact size of 55 x 30 mm, SXoM-SF2 can be deployed across a wide range of applications including motion capturing and analysis, medical and scientific imaging, security and surveillance, high-end machine vision, traffic monitoring and airborne imaging. The device functions as a modular system core for high performance DSP applications and uses a carrier board with a PCIe interface to enable high-speed streaming of processed data to the host (PCIe streaming server). Users can use the SXoM-SF2 module for their own design and apply Microsemi’s SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA, which combine a flash-based FPGA fabric featuring 56k logic elements (LEs) with an ARM-based hard processor system running at 166 MHz.


Solectrix offers a high definition serial digital interface (HD-SDI) to PCIe base board to help demonstrate its SXoM-SF2’s capabilities for customers. This board set can capture HD video and perform audio extraction, scaling, etc. Customers looking to use the device for their specific applications can purchase the SOM for a single power conversion system (PCS). In addition, Solectrix provides design services and turnkey development for custom designs. Application example based on the SXoM-SF2 device:

• Dual 3G/HD-SDI receivers (connectors and PHYs on carrier board), supporting 1280 × 720 pixels, 4:2:2 and 1920 × 1080 pixels, 4:2:2

• High-quality scaling and RAW bypass for image data

• PCIe-based streaming server for image data

• PCI Express 2.0 x1 interface to host (5 Gbit/s)


Microsemi; www.microsemi.com/products/fpga-soc/design-resources/partners/solectrix and www.fpga.sx/system-on-a-chip-sxom-sf2.html


Solectrix; www.solectrix.de/en/