Microsemi: 300K LE PolarFire device delivers lowest power at mid-range densities

Microsemi Corporation announced its first cost-optimized, low power, mid-range PolarFire FPGA device is now production-qualified. With 300K logic elements (LEs), the second largest device in the family targets a variety of applications in the communications, defense, industrial and aviation markets. The company also announced full Libero SoC Design Suite support for PolarFire devices, giving designers the ability to design in any member of the family.

PolarFire FPGAs have now been adopted by dozens of customers in key communications, defense and industrial infrastructure market segments, and early access customers are moving into early production qualification with the family. These systems have a substantially lower cost of ownership, as the PolarFire family enables significantly lower power consumption and an ability to operate in harsher thermal environments.

Microsemi’s PolarFire FPGA enables customers to forego purchasing higher end FPGAs to obtain the SerDes performance needed for their designs while offering lower power, mid-range capabilities that offer significant advantages over competing devices in several application areas. The PolarFire family provides a variety of solutions for mid-range and low-density FPGAs as well as complex programmable logic devices.

Microsemi’s new cost-optimized PolarFire FPGAs deliver the industry’s lowest power at mid-range densities with exceptional security and reliability. The award-winning product family features 12.7 Gbps SerDes transceivers at up to 50 percent lower power than competing FPGAs. Densities span from 100K to 500K logic elements and are ideal for a wide range of applications within wireline access networks and mobile infrastructure, defense and commercial aviation markets, as well as industry 4.0 which includes the industrial automation and internet of things (IoT) markets.

PolarFire FPGAs’ transceivers can support multiple serial protocols, making the products ideal for communications applications with 10Gbps Ethernet, CPRI, JESD204B, Interlaken and PCIe. In addition, the ability to implement serial gigabit Ethernet (SGMII) on general purpose input/output (GPIO) enables numerous 1Gbps Ethernet links to be supported. PolarFire FPGAs also contain the most hardened security IP to protect customer designs, data and supply chain. The non-volatile PolarFire product family consumes 10 times less static power than competitive devices and features an even lower standby power referred to as Flash*Freeze.

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