MEMS and Sensors

Video: Expanding RSIC-V and FPGA design availability

20 February 2024

Microchip Technology Inc. has launched a development kit for embedded processing and compute acceleration based on its line of PolarFire field programmable gate array (FPGAs).

Called the PolarFire SoC Discovery Kit, the open-source development platform features a quad-core, RISC-V application-class processor that supports Linux and real-time applications. This includes a set of peripherals and 95L of low-power, FPGA logic elements.

The development kit can be used for rapid testing of concepts, developing firmware applications or programming and debugging user code.

The kits are being offered through Microchip’s Academic program to offer these developer boards at a reduced price to universities. The program is set to launch in the second half of 2024. The program can be used by educators, researchers and students globally to integrate technology into the curriculum.

The Discovery Kit include the following devices:

  • Quad-core 64-bit CPU cluster
  • L2 memory subsystem
  • Microchip’s Mi-V ecosystem
  • mikroBUS
  • 40-pin Raspberry Pi connector
  • MIP video connector
  • USB Type C port
  • Ethernet PHYU
  • Power LEDs
  • 7-segment display connector

Additionally, expansion boards can be controlled using I2C and SPI.

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