Embedded edge vision development kit for RISC-V FPGA

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By Nick Flaherty

Microchip Technology has launched a second development kit to simplify the development of AI embedded vision application on its PolarFire RISC-V FPGA.

The PolarFire mid-range FPGA supports dual 4K video processing and has quad core RISC-V application-class processors running both the Real Time Operating System (RTOS) and rich operating systems such as Linux.

The Smart Embedded Vision development platform joins the VectorBlox software development kit (SDK) and IP for using the PolarFire devices to program a trained neural network without prior FPGA expertise.

The new tool simplifies edge-compute solution development in low power environments of the IIoT and factory automation applications.

The Embedded Vision tool supports dual 4K MIPI CSI-2 cameras, HDMI 2.0 FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) and CoaXPress 2.0; SDI (6 Gbps and 12 Gbps) interface as well as a Universal Serial 10 GE Media Independent Interface (USXGMII) MAC IP with auto-negotiation; and USB 3.1 Gen 1 and Gen 2 protocols.

For IIoT and factory automation designs the tool supports WiFi/Bluetooth, USB 2.0, SD Card and Embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC) sorage as well as a fully integrated Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) endpoint and root port functionality configured for four lanes. There is also a mikroBUS connector that can be used with Microchip’s Trust&GO platform for secure cloud connectivity.

The platform includes support for Microchip’s Mi-V RISC-V ecosystem including development tools from AdaCore, Green Hills Software, Mentor Graphics and Wind River. Commercial RTOS solutions are available including VxWorks and Nucleus, as well as Zephyr and FreeRTOS. Middleware solutions are available from DornerWorks, Hex Five and Veridify Security.

The PolarFire SoC FPGAs combine thermal efficiency, and defense-grade security for smart, connected systems with half the power consumption of alternatives. The PolarFire SoC and the Smart Embedded Vision Platform offer designers the choice of rich operating system-based edge compute, hard real-time, with 2MByte memory and mixed real-time plus rich OS support. Users can learn one platform and serve three applications.

The Smart Embedded Vision development platform is available now and PolarFire SoC FPGAs are in production.

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