Microsemi Expands Customer Application Design Opportunities by Introducing SmartFusion2 Advanced Development Kit with Largest Density 150K LE Device

Development Kit Features Two FPGA Mezzanine Card Headers for Off-the-shelf Daughter Cards and Comes with Complimentary Libero Platinum Development License

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Sept. 29, 2014 — (PRNewswire) —  Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the availability of the company's new largest density, lowest power SmartFusion®2 150K LE System-on-Chip (SoC) FPGA Advanced Development Kit. Board-level designers and system architects can quickly develop system-level designs by using the two FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) expansion headers to connect a wide range of new functions with off-the-shelf daughter cards, which significantly reduces design time and cost when creating new applications for communications, industrial, defense and aerospace markets.

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"Microsemi's new SmartFusion2 150K LE Advanced Development Kit is ideal for designers developing low power, high security and highly reliable SoC applications," said Shakeel Peera, senior director of product line marketing at Microsemi. "With our largest density 150K LE device onboard, the development kit will enable customers to design applications for the complete SmartFusion2 family. Additionally, designers can accelerate their time-to-market and reduce development costs for high density designs by leveraging the two industry-standard FMC headers to develop or access pre-designed functional blocks on off-the-shelf daughter cards."

The new SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA Advanced Development Kit offers a full featured 150K LE device SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA. This industry-leading low power 150K LE device inherently integrates reliable flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166 MHz Cortex™ M3 processor, digital signal processing (DSP) blocks, static random-access memory (SRAM), embedded nonvolatile memory (eNVM) and industry-required high-performance communication interfaces—all on a single chip. Microsemi estimates its market for FPGAs to be around $2.5 billion. This is based on estimates garnered from iSuppli and competitive financial reports which report on revenue for individual product families. 

The new FMC headers provide designers additional cost savings, the ability to accelerate design development, and helps significantly reduce time-to-market on designs by providing the opportunity to leverage a wide range of standard off-the-shelf daughter cards for applications such as image and video processing, serial connectivity (SATA/SAS, SFP, SDI) and analog (A/D, D/A). The release of this kit also complements Microsemi's expertise and IP in JESD204B, supporting the growing enterprise market for high speed data conversion for applications such as radar, satellite, broadband communications and communications test equipment.

Also included with the kit is a one-year platinum license for Microsemi's advanced Libero SoC design software, valued at $2,500. With the Libero SoC design software Microsemi has created enhanced ease-of-use and design efficiencies with leading edge design wizards, editors and scripting engines that allow customers a faster time-to-market for SmartFusion2 and IGLOO2 FPGA-based designs.

About SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA Advanced Development Kit
The SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA Advanced Development Kit board has numerous standard and advanced peripherals such as: PCIe®x4 edge connector, two FMC connectors for developing solutions offered with off-the-shelf daughter cards, USB, Philips inter-integrated circuit (I2C), two gigabit Ethernet ports, serial peripheral interface (SPI) and UART. A high precision operational amplifier circuitry on the board helps to measure core power consumption by the device.

The SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA memory management system is supported by 1GB of onboard double data rate3 (DDR3) memory and 2GB SPI flash—1GB connected to the Microcontroller Subsystem (MSS) and 1GB connected to the FPGA fabric. The serializer and deserializer (SERDES) blocks can be accessed through the peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) edge connector or high speed sub-miniature push-on (SMA) connectors or through on-board FMC connector.

Key SmartFusion2 150LE SoC Advanced Development Kit Features

  • Largest 150K LE development device
  • 2x FMC connectors (HPC and LPC)
  • Purchase of kits comes with a free one-year Libero SoC design software platinum license (valued at $2,500)
  • 2x Gigabit Ethernet connectors
  • SMA connectors
  • PCIe x4 edge connector
  • Power measurement test points

For more information on Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA Evaluation Kit, visit www.microsemi.com/fpgaevaluationkit. Customers can also contact Microsemi's sales team at Email Contact.

About SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs
SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs integrate inherently reliable flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166 megahertz (MHz) ARM Cortex-M3 processor, advanced security processing accelerators, DSP blocks, SRAM, eNVM and industry-required high performance communication interfaces, all on a single chip. Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs are designed to address fundamental requirements for advanced security, high reliability and low power in critical communications, industrial, defense, aviation and medical applications.

About Microsemi

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world's standard for time; 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 3,400 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.

Microsemi and the Microsemi logo are registered trademarks or service marks of Microsemi Corporation and/or its affiliates. Third-party trademarks and service marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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