Microsemi expands industrial ecosystem for SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGAs

Microsemi expands industrial ecosystem for SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGAs

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Customers now have a broader choice of operating systems and communication protocols for implementation on SmartFusion FPGAs, enabling the acceleration of their designs in industrial and networking applications.

“The range of peripherals SmartFusion devices offer for the ARM Cortex-M3 processor and the flexibility of their FPGA fabric make them an ideal choice for industrial automation and networking,” said Rich Kapusta, Vice President Terrestrial Products, SoC Products Group at Microsemi “By leveraging the programmable analog for sensing and analog outputs, SmartFusion can also be used in industrial control applications, including gateways, sensing, actuators and I/O devices.”

Each capable section of the SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGA device enables targeted solutions addressing multiple aspects of an integrated industrial automation system.

SmartFusion FPGA Ecosystem:

  • Emcraft delivers the first port of uClinux to the SmartFusion device including a development platform available for purchase online
  • Inicore offers the CAN core for SmartFusion, supported on the SmartFusion Development Kit
  • FreeRTOS is available as a reference design on both the SmartFusion Evaluation Kit and the SmartFusion Development Kit. FreeRTOS includes two options for Ethernet connectivity lwIP and uIP
  • TCP/IP is offered on SmartFusion devices by two partners, Keil and Micrium
  • Keil TCP/IP is available with or without the RTX real-time kernel
  • Micrium TCP/IP is used in conjunction with their μC/os-III
  • Modbus IP and Modbus 485 available from Microsemi

Industrial automation applications supported by SmartFusion include:

  • Power Metering and Smart Grid Applications
  • Motor Control: PMSM, BLDC, Stepper
  • Human-Machine Interfaces: Touch Screens, Keypads
  • Displays
  • Field Devices: I/Os, Sensors, Actuators

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