Microsemi (USA) launched the SmartFusion2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate array (FPGA) family, which is available at MSC (Germany). The FPGAs address requirements for advanced security, reliability and low power in critical industrial, defense, aviation, communications and medical applications.
THE DEVICE INTEGRATES A FLASH-BASED FPGA FABRIC, a 166-MHz ARM Cortex-M3 processor, on-chip 64-KiB eSRAM and 512-KiB eNVM. The MSS (microprocessor sub-system) is enhanced with an embedded trace macrocell (ETM), 8-KiB instruction cache, and peripherals including CAN, Gigabit Ethernet and USB. Device's security capabilities protect against tampering, cloning, overbuilding, reverse engineering and counterfeiting. The devices meet industry standards including IEC 61508, DO254 and DO178B. The FPGA retains its configuration when powered off and enables device "instant-on" performance. The SoC protects its embedded SRAM memories from SEU errors. This is accomplished through the use of single error correction, double error detection protection on embedded memories, CAN, Ethernet and USB buffers, and is optional on the DDR memory controllers.
The SoC FPGA consumes 10 mW of static power. With the FlashFreeze standby mode, power drops to 1 mW (about 100 times lower than of similar SoC FPGAs). The standby power mode can be initiated with one command. In this mode all registers and SRAM retain state, I/O state can be set, the MSS can be operational while low frequency clock and I/Os associated with MSS peripherals can be operational. The device can enter and exit standy mode in approximately 100 µs.
For designing SmartFusion2 devices, system designers may use the Libero SoC software toolset. It integrates synthesis, debug and DSP support from Synopsys, and simulation from Mentor Graphics with power analysis, timing analysis and push button design flow. Firmware development with compile and debug is integrated into the tool. The device drivers and peripheral initialization is auto-generated based on system builder selections. The processor includes operating system support for embedded Linux from EmCraft Systems, FreeRTOS, SafeRTOS and µc/OS-III from Micrium.
Since 1982, MSC is a distributor of electronic components in Europe. It employs over 800 people and focuses on such products as micro-controllers and processors, programmable logic, ASICs, displays and equipment, power and linear products, memory components and modules, electromechanical components, opto-electronics as well as IT solutions. After 30 years, the company founder Manfred Schwarztrauber has left MSC. The new CEO is Lothar Kümmerlin.
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