Mid-range FPGAs for edge compute systems

Mid-range FPGAs for edge compute systems

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By Rich Pell

The company says that it cut the static power consumption for its mid-bandwidth PolarFire field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and FPGA system-on-chip (SoC) devices in half, giving them the smallest thermal footprint and best performance and compute horsepower compared to all alternative devices in their class. The devices are aimed at edge compute systems that need compact programmable devices with low power consumption and a small enough thermal footprint to eliminate fans and other heat mitigation while providing robust compute horsepower.

“Our new PolarFire FPGAs and FPGA SoCs reduce our customers’ system costs while enabling them to solve difficult thermal management challenges without having to forfeit bandwidth,” says Bruce Weyer, vice president of Microchip’s FPGA business unit. “The award-winning PolarFire FPGA platform already delivered the industry’s best combination of power and performance, and now we have reduced power consumption by up to 50 percent or more with the introduction of lower density offerings, while maintaining best-in-class capabilities on these platforms.”

The low-density PolarFire FPGAs (MPF050T) and PolarFire SoC (MPFS025T) additions are claimed to exceed the performance/power metrics of any low-density FPGA or SoC FPGA alternatives in the market. The devices, says the company, feature fast FPGA fabric and signal processing capabilities, the most capable transceivers, and the industry’s only hardened application class RISC-V architecture-based processor complex with 2 megabytes (MB) of L2 cache and low-power DDR4 (LPDDR4) memory support.

Extending the portfolio with a 25K logic element multi-core RISC-V SoC and a 50K logic element FPGA opens new application possibilities. The devices are offered as being ideal for low-power smart embedded vision applications and thermally constrained automotive, industrial automation, communications, defense and IoT systems where neither power nor performance can be compromised.

The new PolarFire devices are complemented by a suite of the company’s devices for complete systems solutions for applications including smart embedded vision, machine learning, security, aerospace and defense, and embedded compute. They also provide plug-and-play solutions for power and timing designs.

Developers can begin designing with the PolarFire FPGAs and FPGA SoCs now using the company’s recently released Libero 2021.2 software tools, which are available on the company’s website. Volume shipment of production silicon is scheduled for the first calendar quarter of 2022.

Microchip Technology

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