Microsemi gives prototyping and application development a boost with new FPGA Evaluation Kit

Microsemi Corporation is making a new leading-edge SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA Evaluation Kit available. The SmartFusion2 Evaluation Kit is an easy-to-use, feature-rich, affordable platform designed to enable designers to quickly and easily accelerate evaluation or prototype their application.

The kit utilises Microsemi’s mainstream SmartFusion2 FPGAs to enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to leverage the device’s low power consumption, high reliability capabilities and best-in-class security technology to build highly differentiated products that help them gain a significant time to market advantage.

For example, the SmartFusion2 Evaluation Kit allows for simplified development of transceiver I/O-based FPGA designs which are 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. According to market research firm Infonetics, the carrier Ethernet market will grow to approximately $39 billion in 2017.

“Leveraging our experience in this market, Microsemi’s new SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA Evaluation Kit is for designers just starting to work with FPGA-based processors. We’ve made it easier to implement new designs because designers aren’t starting from scratch,” said Venkatesh Narayanan, director of software and systems engineering at Microsemi. “It is important for our OEMs to implement designs quickly and Microsemi’s new kit provides the key mainstream features customers demand most, with a 25K LE SmartFusion2 mainstream FPGA and SERDES evaluation capabilities at a very affordable price point.”

The kit offers a comprehensive set of features that include 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.



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