Microchip launches tailored PolarFire FPGA and SoC solution stacks

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Microchip Technology has added nine new technology- and application-specific solution stacks to its growing collection of mid-range FPGA and System-on-Chip (SoC) support.

The stacks span the industrial edge, smart embedded vision and edge communications.

“We’re making it much easier to create industrial and communications designs,” said Shakeel Peera, vice president of strategy for Microchip’s FPGA business unit. “And our intelligent edge focus is getting significant traction with leading system designers because they get the full benefit of PolarFire FPGA’s unequalled power efficiency, security and reliability.”

The announcement follows the June unveiling of an industrial edge stack for OPC/UA (Open Platform Communications/Unified Architecture) and extensive resources to help customers switch to PolarFire FPGAs and SoCs.

Unlike many alternatives that offer baseline support for overly broad application categories, PolarFire FPGA intelligent edge solution stacks are highly tailored to specific technologies and vertical-market requirements and include detailed intellectual property (IP), reference designs, development kits with sample designs, application notes, demo guides and more.

Microchip is offering new PolarFire FPGA and SoC intelligent edge solutions and stacks for the following applications:

Smart embedded vision:

  • H.264 compression
  • HDMI
  • Serial digital interface
  • CoaXpress

Industrial edge:

  • Motor control
  • OPC/UA

Edge communications:

  • Software-defined radios
  • Small Form-factor Pluggable (SFP+) optical module
  • 5G ORAN

The PolarFire family can, according to Microchip, provide twice the power efficiency of FPGAs in its category with the highest reliability and military-grade security.

These FPGAs are the first RISC-V SoC FPGAs shipping in production volumes.

PolarFire SoC devices create new configurable processing capabilities through hardened RISC-V core complexes in a fast FPGA fabric and are playing an integral role as computer workloads move to the power-sensitive intelligent edge.

These device’s capabilities will be extended further so as to increase compute capability in ever-smaller and less costly industrial, IoT and other edge-compute products.

All PolarFire devices are in full production and developers can access the software tools to begin designing with them here. The devices, solution stacks and tools are complemented by Microchip’s total system solutions spanning hardware, software, services and other support.