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PCIe chip with CAN module

Microsemi (USA) has announced PCIe implementations based on FPGAs. The products, which are compliant to PCI express specifications, also provide CAN connectivity.

The Igloo 2 field-programmable gate array (FPGA) are available in volume production (Photo: Microsemi)

ACCORDING TO THE PROVIDER, THE SMART-FUSION 2 AND IGLOO 2 FPGAs consume ten times less power than products from competitors. "By leveraging the integrated PCIe blocks in our FPGAs designers can meet the high system bandwidth and programmable systems integration requirements needed in communications, industrial, aviation and defense applications at significantly lower power than competitive devices," said Venkatesh Narayanan from Microsemi's SoC Products Group. "Certifying the embedded hard IP in our groundbreaking solutions also helps our customers accelerate time-to-market, while providing an added level of assurance that our products deliver the performance called for in key industry standards."

In addition, the company recently attained industry compliance certifications for hard intellectual property (IP) embedded in its FPGAs including CAN)and USB 2.0. The on-chip CAN has been tested by the C&S group (Germany) according to ISO 16845 and some additional test cases.

The Smart-Fusion 2 integrates an 166-MHz Cortex-M3 processor, security processing accelerators, DSP blocks, SRAM, eNVM, and above-mentioned serial interfaces. The Igloo 2 features 5G transceivers, general-purpose I/O, block RAM, memory subsystem, and DSP blocks. According to the manufacturer it offers up to five times more logic density and three times more fabric performance than its predecessors.