SmartFusion starter kit speeds system development with breadboard and smartphone access

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The Kit supports industry-standard interfaces including Ethernet, USB, SPI, I2C and UART and includes a comprehensive breadboard to support unique design requirements. The kit can be used with Microsemi’s Libero SoC v11.0 beta software, which includes a free Libero Gold license and comes preloaded with a uClinux demo. By using the included USB WiFi adapter, the kit has support for RaLink 5370 USB wireless radios, allowing uClinux to setup a wireless access point that serves DHCP WiFi connections.
Users can start a HTTPD server and then access the SmartFusion2 device via a smart phone web browser or other wireless device. Emcraft Systems’ Linux-based development environment is also supported. The SmartFusion2 device is available on an Emcraft Systems miniature (34mm x 59mm) mezzanine form factor system-on-module (M2S-SOM), which connects to the SOM-BSB-EXT baseboard.
The kit is USB powered, includes FlashPro4 programming and features the SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA in the FG896 package (M2S050T-FG896ES) with a USB based Wi-Fi module, 64MB of LPDDR system memory and 16MB of SPI flash memory. A user push-button is connected to GPIO on the module and two user-controlled LEDs are connected to GPIO on the SOM as well, with a breadboard area available for GPIO or FPGA I/O connection. Depending on the design, developers can provide necessary power supply voltages (+5 V, +3.3 V, +1.5 V for power-optimized SOM operation) from external sources through dedicated pads on the breadboard


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