Microsemi Integrates Inicore Enhanced Reliability CAN IP into SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA

NEWARK, California, March 25, 2013-- The silicon Intellectual Property (IP) and design service provider Inicore Inc. announced today that its CAN controller IP core CANmodule-IIIx has been incorporated into Microsemi Corporation‘s recently released SmartFusion®2 SoC FPGAs. The award-winning SmartFusion2 device combines a flash-based FPGA fabric with an ARM® Cortex™-M3 processor, SRAM, eNVM and communication interfaces such a Gigabit Ethernet, USB and CAN, all on a single chip for use in industrial, medical, defense and automotive applications. Inicore‘s CANmodule-IIIx core is a message object based CAN controller that is compliant with the international standard ISO 11898-1 and passed conformance testing according to ISO 16845. For details about the IP see: www.inicore.com/core_lib/canmodule_3x.html.

Microsemi and Inicore worked in collaboration to enhance the CANmodule-IIIx by adding single bit error correction and double bit error detection (SECDED) to the 32 transmit and 32 receive message buffers. This improves the CAN reliability for safety critical applications that require IEC61508, DO-254 or AEC-Q100 certifications. “As the only Soc FPGA with SEU-immune zero FIT flash FPGA configuration cells, SmartFusion2 was designed specifically for safety-critical and mission-critical applications,” said Paul Ekas, vice president of Marketing at Microsemi. “Our customers have been using Inicore‘s ISO 11898-1 compliant cores in our devices and fielded systems successfully for many years, and we were pleased to see the integration of the CANmodule-IIIx controller into SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs achieved seamlessly with first-pass silicon success.”

“The feature-rich SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA with the integrated CAN controller provides a great platform to create embedded systems, particularly for applications where reliability is a top priority,” noted Daniel Leu, President and Chief Engineer at Inicore. “We are pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with Microsemi and serve our common customers.”

Product Availability

Inicore‘s families of CAN controllers offer varied features and are readily available for FPGA and ASIC designs. Please contact Inicore directly for license fees and business models. Microsemi‘s SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs are now available; please visit www.microsemi.com/soc for more information.

About Inicore

Inicore is a comprehensive silicon IP provider and an experienced system design house offering FPGA, ASIC, and SoC design services. The company's expertise in architecture, intellectual property, methodology and tool handling provides a complete design environment that helps customers shorten their design cycle and speed up time to market. Offerings cover feasibility study, concept analysis, architecture definition, code generation and implementation, and verification. For more information visit www.inicore.com.

About Microsemi

Microsemi Corporation offers a comprehensive portfolio of semi¬conductor and system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and industrial markets. Products include high-performance, radiation-hardened and highly reliable analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 3,000 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.


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Inicore Inc.,
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Gwen Carlson,
Director of Corp. Communication,
Microsemi Corporation,
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