First RISC-V-based system-on-chip (SoC) FPGA enters mass production

08 June 2022

Microchip’s Mi-V ecosystem has enabled customers to ramp products based on PolarFire® devices more quickly, from prototypes to production.

The first SoC FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) to support the royalty-free RISC-V open instruction set architecture (ISA) has entered volume production, marking a major milestone in the evolution of embedded processors. As customers continue to adopt PolarFire® SoC FPGAs at a rapid pace, microcontroller (MCU) & integrated circuit (IC) manufacturer, Microchip Technology has announced the production qualification for the MPFS250T and the previously announced MPFS025T. Microchip also announces that its Mi-V ecosystem continues to streamline RISC-V adoption, while enabling a new class of smaller, more power-efficient and less-costly industrial, IoT and other edge-compute products.

We now have a large funnel of customers who have designed in the PolarFire SoC family with our suite of Mi-V tools and solutions,” said Shakeel Peera, Vice President of Marketing for Microchip’s FPGA business unit. “These customers have developed innovative products that bring best-in-class solutions to market with superior thermal and power efficiency, as well as unprecedented compute capability in small form factors. We are now writing a new chapter in the history of RISC-V with the availability of production-qualified SoC PolarFire devices.

PolarFire SoC FPGAs unlock new configurable processing opportunities with their hardened real-time, Linux®-capable RISC-V-based microprocessor subsystem on a fast FPGA fabric, backed by Microchip’s commitment to a product roadmap and long-term availability. They also leverage customisations enabled by the open-standard RISC-V ISA to enhance power efficiency, security and reliability as compared to alternative processing options, while introducing valuable new capabilities such as the deterministic Asymmetric Multiprocessing (AMP) mode allowing users to run a Linux OS while running a maximum-performance, real-time application. The PolarFire SoC’s innovation enables new solutions to challenges such as improving computational power efficiency and delivering compute acceleration at the network edge, delivering unmatched capabilities for communications, defence, medical and industrial automation applications.

The Mi-V ecosystem is equally important to RISC-V adoption, spanning a comprehensive variety of IP, hardware, operating systems, middleware, debuggers, compilers and design services. More than two dozen partners are working with Microchip to continuously expand this low-cost evaluation platform and accelerate design deployment across a variety of industries.

It removes barriers to entry, enabling embedded engineers, software designers and hardware developers to leverage the advantages of the RISC-V ISA and the PolarFire SoC FPGA’s combination of small form factors, thermal efficiency and low power consumption.

Microchip’s PolarFire SoC FPGA and Mi-V ecosystem provide an excellent platform to evaluate a Linux-capable multicore RISC-V-based SoC,” said Calista Redmond, CEO – RISC-V International. “The market now has a production-qualified RISC-V solution to procure and adopt in their designs. The FPGA fabric is an innovative platform that enables hardware acceleration for system design.

About the PolarFire SoC FPGA family
Microchip’s PolarFire SoC FPGAs include a combination of mid-range transceivers, logic, digital signal processing (DSP) and random access memory (RAM) resources, and are ideal for safety-critical applications because of their immunity to Single Event Upset (SEU) issues and inclusion of Single Error Correction Double Error Detection (SECDED) for all memories. They enable highly integrated designs and are two times more power efficient per watt than competitive devices. Power and thermal efficiency eliminate the cost and complexity of active cooling, fans or heatsinks, enabling applications that demand thermal efficiency along with higher levels of integration, defence-grade security and reliability.

The production qualification for Microchip MPFS250T, and the previously announced MPFS025T, extend the PolarFire SoC portfolio of multi-core RISC-V SoC FPGAs, delivering an even smaller thermal footprint for low-power smart embedded vision applications and automotive, industrial automation, communications, defence and IoT (internet of things) systems, where power and performance cannot be compromised. The MPFS250T and MPFS025T are available to purchase now.

Availability
PolarFire SoC FPGAs are available to order now in production volumes and supported by the Mi-V Partner Ecosystem and development tools including its Libero® 2022.1 SoC Design Suite. Complete information about the Microchip PolarFire SoC FPGA family is available at: www.microchip.com/en-us/products/fpgas-and-plds/fpgas/polarfire-fpgas/polarfire-soc-fpgas

Mi-V Virtual Summit 2022
Sixteen Mi-V partners will be demonstrating their solutions for Microchip’s PolarFire SoC FPGA at the Mi-V Virtual Summit, July 20-21, 2022. To learn more about the solutions for PolarFire SoC FPGA, register for free at: www.microchip.com/mi-vsummit


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