The trend towards compute-intensive gateways and edge devices is driving the integration of traditional deterministic control applications with additional embedded processing capabilities needed for smart and secure connected systems. In response, Microchip is opening the Early Access Programme (EAP) for the PolarFire System-on-Chip (SoC) Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). The platform offers a hardened real-time, Linux capable, RISC-V-based microprocessor subsystem on the PolarFire FPGA family, bringing low power consumption, thermal efficiency and defence grade security to embedded systems.  

Qualified EAP customers can start designing now with Microchip’s Libero SoC 12.3 FPGA design suite and SoftConsole 6.2 integrated development environment for the embedded developer. Customers can also debug their embedded applications today using Renode, a virtual model of the microprocessor subsystem.

“Delivering a RISC-V-based SoC FPGA along with our Mi-V ecosystem, Microchip and its Mi-V partners are giving designers the ability to develop new, power-efficient applications,” said Bruce Weyer, vice president of the FPGA business unit at Microchip: “This in turn will allow our clients to add unprecedented capabilities at the edge of the network for communications, defence, medical and industrial automation.”

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