$99 RISC-V dev board adds Raspberry Pi, Clik board interfaces

$99 RISC-V dev board adds Raspberry Pi, Clik board interfaces

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By Nick Flaherty

Microchip Technology has developed a low cost FGPA development kit for RISC-V designs with Raspberry Pi and MikroBus interfaces for HATs and Clik board peripherals.

The $132 PolarFire Discovery kit is based on a Microchip MPFS095T FPGA with a quad-core, RISC-V 64bit processor that supports Linux  and real-time applications and 95K of low-power, high performance FPGA logic elements.

The board includes support for Microchip’s Mi-V ecosystem, a MikroBUS expansion header for Click boards from MikroE  and a 40-pin Raspberry Pi  connector, as well as a MIPI video connector and the expansion boards can be controlled using protocols like I2C and SPI. 

A large L2 memory subsystem can be configured for performance or deterministic operation and supports an asymmetric multi-processing (AMP) mode while an embedded FP5 programmer is included for FPGA fabric programming and debugging, and firmware applications development.

The embedded industry is seeing an increased demand for open-source RISC-V -based processor architectures, but there are still limited options when it comes to commercially available silicon or hardware. The PolarFire Discovery kit is priced to provide students and developers at all levels with an accessible, user-friendly, feature-rich environment for embedded processing and compute.

In addition to traditional sales channels, PolarFire SoC Discovery Kits are being made available through a pilot project as part of the Microchip Academic Programme later this year at $99.

By offering the Discovery Kit at a reduced price to universities, Microchip is ensuring that the future generation of engineers have direct access to state-of-the-art technology. This approach not only enhances the practical learning experience for students but also aligns academic studies with the latest industry trends.

“We are dedicated to helping support the growth of embedded systems that require low-power, igh-performance FPGA fabrics. The PolarFire SoC Discovery Kit is a pivotal step in our journey towards creating more accessible, smart, secure and high-performing computing solutions for a wide range of applications,” said Shakeel Peera, vice president of marketing for Microchip’s FPGA business unit.

“With the new Discovery Kit, experienced and new design engineers, as well as university students, will have access to a low-cost RISC-V and FPGA development platform for learning and rapid innovation.”

“Preparing students for the work world, a capstone project is a unique opportunity for students to develop practical applications. Several ASU students are using the PolarFire SoC Discovery Kit in their projects this year and it’s been an invaluable experience for them to have access not only to development boards, but also the amazing mentorship provided through Microchip’s academic programme,” said Steven Osburn, professor at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

“The students are getting hands-on experience working with new technology to complete real world engineering projects, finding innovative solutions to real-world problems.”


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