Microsemi FPGA kit expidites prototyping and app development

July 08, 2014

Bernard Cole-July 08, 2014

Microsemi Corporation  has just made available its new SmartFusion 2 SoC FPGA Evaluation Kit

According to Venkatesh Narayanan, director of software and systems engineering at Microsemi, it has a range of new features designed to accelerate accelerate evaluation or prototype their application.

A prime example, he said, is that the new SmartFusion2 Evaluation Kit allows for simplified development of transceiver I/O-based FPGA designs 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," he said, "which can be used on any desktop PC or laptop with a PCIe slot. "

He said, Microsemi’s new kit provides the key mainstream features developers need most, and incorporates a 25K LE SmartFusion2 mainstream FPGA and SERDES evaluation capabilities.

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.

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