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Microchip Introduces New Medium Bandwidth FPGA Devices

Date: Oct 09, 2021

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Microchip Introduces New Medium-Bandwidth FPGA Devices to Enable Leaps in Power and Performance for Edge Computing Systems

Edge computing systems require compact programmable devices with low power consumption and a small enough thermal footprint to eliminate the need for fans and other heat sink components while delivering powerful computing power. (Microchip Technology, Inc.) solves these challenges by reducing static power consumption by half, providing the smallest heat area, optimal performance and computational power compared to all comparable devices.

Our new PolarFire FPGAs and FPGA SoCs reduce our customers' system costs while helping them solve thermal challenges without sacrificing bandwidth," said Bruce Weyer, vice president of Microchip's FPGA business unit. The award-winning PolarFire FPGA platform offers the industry's best combination of power and performance. Now we've introduced a lower density product that cuts power consumption by more than half, while maintaining best-in-class functionality. No other product in its category can match this."

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With ultra-low power consumption, Microchip's newest low-density PolarFire FPGA (MPF050T ) and the addition of the PolarFire SoC (MPFS025T) exceed the performance/power metrics of any low-density FPGA or SoC FPGA counterpart on the market, with fast FPGA fabric and signal processing capabilities, the most powerful transceivers, and the industry's only composite processor based on a hardened application-grade RISC-V? architecture with 2 megabytes (MB) of L2 cache and low-power DDR4 (LPDDR4) memory support. The portfolio includes a 25K logic element multicore RISC-V SoC and a 50K logic element FPGA, opening up unlimited possibilities for new applications. They are ideal for low-power intelligent embedded vision applications and heat-constrained automotive, industrial automation, communications, defense and IoT systems where power consumption and performance are hardwired.

The new PolarFire devices can be used with Microchip's range of devices to provide complete system solutions for intelligent embedded vision, machine learning, security, aerospace and defense, and embedded computing applications. They also offer plug-and-play solutions for power and timing designs. Several key customers are using PolarFire devices to solve a variety of design challenges.

As one of the world's leading suppliers of video converter hardware and software, we are constantly striving to meet demanding market requirements and work with our customers to enable exciting new use cases," said Nick Ma, CEO and chief technology officer of Magewell. innovation opportunities in our USB 3.2 video capture product line. It offers ideal size, industry low power consumption and a unique combination of mid-range transceiver, logic, DSP and RAM resources."

Xenics is a pioneer in infrared imaging technology with a 20-year history of delivering a best-in-class portfolio of short-, mid- and long-wave infrared imagers, cores and cameras," said Frederic Aubrun, CCO of Xenics. SWaP (size, weight and power) are extremely important considerations when designing thermal imaging systems. For our customers, these are key differentiators, and Microchip's SmartFusion 2? and PolarFire FPGAs provide the best balance of small size, power efficiency and processing resources needed to support embedded algorithms such as shutterless compensation and image enhancement within very low power budgets in our current and next-generation portfolios. "

Kaya Instruments is committed to designing industrial grade, small form factor, low power cameras that deliver the best video quality under the most challenging and harsh conditions," said Michael Yamposkly, founder and CEO of Kaya Instruments. The PolarFire FPGA-based Iron camera leverages the small size and low-power performance of FPGAs to achieve a compact frame that fits into tight spaces while presenting the gorgeous quality of a state-of-the-art global shutter CMOS sensor with excellent low-light performance."

Availability

Developers can design with Microchip's PolarFire FPGAs and FPGA SoCs now with Microchip's recently released Libero 2021.2 software tool, which is available on Microchip's website. Volume shipments of the chips are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2022.

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