Power Semiconductors

RISC-V-based FPGA enters mass production

10 June 2022
The PolarFire system-on-chip FPGA will allow designers to move quickly from prototypes to production on RISC-V designs. Source: Microchip

Microchip Technology Inc. has begun volume production on what it claims is the first system-on-chip field programmable gate array (FPGA) that supports royalty-free RISC-V open instruction set architecture (ISA).

Additionally, Microchip said its Mi-V ecosystem continues to streamline RISC-V adoption while enabling a newer class of smaller, power efficient and less costly devices for industrial, internet of things (IoT) and edge-compute products.

The PolarFire SoC FPGAs give designers opportunities with hardened real-time, Linux-capable RISC-V-based microprocessor subsystems on a fast FPGA fabric. It will allow customizations to enhance power efficiency, security and reliability.

Microchip said the FPGAs will solve challenges to computational power efficiency improvements and compute acceleration at the network edge as well as deliver new capabilities for communications, defense, medical and industrial automation.

Mi-V ecosystem

Microchip’s Mi-V ecosystem spans a variety of intellectual property (IP), hardware, operating systems, middleware, debuggers, compilers and design services.

Microchip has gathered two dozen partners to expand the evaluation platform and accelerate design deployment across industries. The goal of the platform is to remove barriers to entry allowing engineers, software designers and hardware developers to leverage RISC-V ISA and PolarFire SoC FPGAs in small form factors, thermal efficiency and low power consumption.

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