New development tool for designers using low-power PolarFire RISC-V SoC FPGAs for embedded vision applications at the edge

23 November 2021

Microchip PolarFire SoC Smart Embedded Vision
Microchip PolarFire SoC Smart Embedded Vision

Second development tool platform from Microchip extends customer options for designing secure & reliable embedded vision systems in edge applications ranging from neural network inferencing to industrial internet of things (IIoT) & factory automation.

Microcontroller & integrated circuit (IC) manufacturer, Microchip Technology has announced the second development tool offering in its Smart Embedded Vision initiative for designers using its PolarFire® RISC-V® System on Chip (SoC) Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). The industry’s lowest-power SoC FPGA in its class, the PolarFire device is the only mid-range device of its kind that simultaneously supports dual 4K video processing and quad core RISC-V application-class processors running both Real Time Operating Systems (RTOSs) and rich operating systems like Linux®.

Microchip’s Smart Embedded Vision development platform joins the company’s previously announced VectorBlox™ software development kit (SDK) and IP for using the PolarFire devices to program a trained neural network without prior FPGA expertise. The latest offering simplifies edge-compute solution development in the thermally challenging environments of the IIoT and factory automation applications. The platform’s IP, hardware and tools for these solutions include:
•    Embedded Vision – Supports the following: dual 4K MIPI CSI-2 cameras; HDMI® 2.0 with expansion based on the FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC); CoaXPress® 2.0; SDI (6 Gbps and 12 Gbps); Universal Serial 10 GE Media Independent Interface (USXGMII) MAC IP with auto-negotiation; and USB 3.1 Gen 1 and Gen 2 protocols.
•    IIoT & factory automation – Enables: Wi-Fi®/Bluetooth®; USB 2.0; SD Card; Embedded MultiMediaCard (eMMC); fully integrated Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe®) endpoint and root port functionality configured for four lanes; and a mikroBUS™ connector that can be used with Microchip’s Trust&GO platform for secure cloud connectivity.

The platform includes support for Microchip’s Mi-V RISC-V ecosystem, including development tools from AdaCore, Green Hills Software, Mentor Graphics and Wind River. Commercial RTOS solutions are available including VxWorks® and Nucleus®, and free ones include Zephyr® and FreeRTOS™. Middleware solutions are available from DornerWorks, Hex Five and Veridify Security.

Microchip’s PolarFire SoC FPGAs combine thermal efficiency, and defense-grade security for smart, connected systems with half the power consumption of alternatives. The PolarFire SoC and the Smart Embedded Vision Platform offer designers the choice of rich operating system-based edge compute, hard real-time, with large 2 MB memory and mixed real-time plus rich OS support. Users can learn one platform and serve three applications.

Microchip’s Smart Embedded Vision development platform is available now and PolarFire SoC FPGAs are in production. For more information, contact

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