PCI Express 2.0 SIG certification for SoC FPGAs

November 21, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
PCI Express 2.0 SIG certification for SoC FPGAs

Microsemi says the newly certified devices are the industry's lowest power PCIe 2.0 programmable logic solutions, providing a reduction of up to 10x static power consumption compared to other programmable logic devices with comparable mainstream features. They also claim high level of security and reliability making them ideal for high-availability, low-power applications in communications infrastructure equipment, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), medical diagnostic equipment and bridging applications in defence equipment.

The company recently attained industry compliance certifications for hard intellectual property (IP) embedded in its industry-leading SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs including controller area network (CAN) and USB 2.0.

By certifying these broadly used communications interfaces Microsemi customers can expect correct operation in their systems enabling a shorter design cycle time which lowers their overall cost of ownership all in a low power, secure and reliable SoC FPGA. SmartFusion2 integrates reliable flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166 MHz ARM Cortex-M3 processor, advanced security processing accelerators, DSP blocks, SRAM, eNVM and communication interfaces, on a single chip. 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 optimised architecture.

Microsemi; www.microsemi.com/products/fpga-soc/soc-fpga/smartfusion2 / www.microsemi.com/products/fpga-soc/fpga/igloo2-fpga