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FPGA family provides low total system cost

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 3:54pm

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Microsemi Corporation unveiled its IGLOO2 field programmable gate array (FPGA) family for industrial, commercial aviation, defense, communications and security applications. The non-volatile flash-based IGLOO2 FPGAs have the highest number of mainstream FPGA features including general purpose input/outputs (GPIOs), 5G SERDES interfaces, and PCI Express endpoints of any similar device on the market today, and feature the industry's only high-performance memory subsystem.

When compared to other 5G SERDES-based FPGAs under 150K logic elements (LEs), IGLOO2's high level of integration provides the lowest total system cost versus competitive FPGAs while improving reliability, significantly reducing power and systematically protecting valuable customers' design IPs. 

The IGLOO2 FPGA family requires only two power supplies, versus three for competitive devices. Additionally, the non-volatile configuration of IGLOO2 eliminates the requirement for external flash memory, providing the system architect with a higher level of system integration, performance and reliability.

Microsemi has already engaged with lead customers who plan to use IGLOO2 in a broad range of products including industrial controllers, Ethernet switches, FADEC engine controllers, missile systems, and other applications.

About the IGLOO2 FPGAs

Microsemi's IGLOO2 FPGAs address industry needs for mainstream FPGA features by providing a LUT-based fabric, 5G transceivers, high-speed GPIO, block RAM and DSP blocks in a differentiated, cost- and power-optimized architecture. The new IGLOO2 FPGA architecture offers up to five times more logic density and three times more fabric performance than the previous generation IGLOO family.

The IGLOO2 family offers best-in-class mainstream FPGA features including:

  • highest number of GPIOs for any given density node for 5G SERDES FPGAs;
  • highest number of 5G transceivers density;
  • highest number of PCI compliant 3.3V I/Os in the industry; and
  • highest number of PCIe endpoints.

For cost-optimized FPGAs below 150K LEs, IGLOO2 provides the high level of I/O and SERDES integration—which is necessary for I/O expansion, bridging, system management and co-processing— allowing customers to use smaller devices for I/O expansion and bridging solutions. This, coupled with the need for only two power supplies and no external configuration devices, reduces overall system cost and board complexity. 

For the vast number of applications in the communications, industrial, defense and aviation markets that require highly integrated premium features for I/O expansion, bridging and co-processing at a lower cost, IGLOO2 provides a best-in-class solution.

IGLOO2's FPGA features are complemented by a unique built-in high-performance memory subsystem (HPMS) that embeds common user functions such as the industry's largest monolithic embedded SRAM memory blocks. These memories provide fast, predictable low latency to time critical embedded applications such as video, embedded graphics functions and real time Ethernet. Included in the HPMS is up to 512Kbytes of flash memory which allows users to store pertinent system data such as Ethernet MAC IDs, user keys, system configuration and system personalization data. This feature also enables secure boot functions for industry leading processors by storing secondary boot loaders securely on-chip. In addition, the HPMS integrates two DMA controllers and a two-port memory cache (DDR bridges) to efficiently move data within and in-and-out of IGLOO2 to external DDR3 memories for these embedded time critical applications.

Low power

The IGLOO2 FPGA family delivers the industry's lowest static power by providing 10 times lower static power than comparable FPGAs by utilizing a unique Flash*Freeze real-time power management mode.

Security

To protect valuable customer IP, the family includes built-in design security for all devices including root-of-trust applications. Additionally, IGLOO2 FPGAs continue Microsemi's dominance in SEU immunity due to the inherently reliable flash-based FPGA fabric, ideal for safety critical, mission critical and high temperature systems. IGLOO2 FPGAs are tailored to customers' needs by offering more resources on a smaller device.

IGLOO2 Family

 

 

Features

M2GL005

M2GL010

M2GL025

M2GL050

M2GL090

M2GL100

M2GL150

Logic/DSP

Maximum Logic Elements (4LUT + DFF)*

6,060

12,084

27,696

56,340

86,316

99,512

146,124

Math Blocks (18x18)

11

22

34

72

84

160

240

PLLs and CCCs

2

6

8

SPI/HPDMA/PDMA

1 each

Security

AES256, SHA256, RNG

AES256, SHA256, RNG, ECC, PUF

Memory 

eNVM (K Bytes)

128

256

512

LSRAM 18K Blocks

10

21

31

69

109

160

236

uSRAM1K Blocks

11

22

34

72

112

160

240

eSRAM (K Bytes)

64

Total RAM (K bits)

703

912

1104

1826

2586

3552

5000

High Speed  

DDR Controllers  

1x18  

2x36  

1x18

2x36  

SERDES Lanes

0

4

8

4

8

16

PCIe End Points

0

1

2

4

User I/Os  

MSIO (3.3V)

115

123

157

139

306

292

292

MSIOD (2.5V)

28

40

40

62

40

106

106

DDRIO (2.5V)

66

70

70

176

66

176

176

Total User I/O

209

233

267

377

412

574

574

* Total logic may vary based on utilization of DSP and memories in your design. Please see the IGLOO2 Fabric UG for details.

Design Now with IGLOO2 FPGAs

Designers can leverage the Libero SoC software toolset for designing IGLOO2 FPGAs. Libero SoC includes FPGA development tools from leading EDA vendors such as Mentor Graphics and Synopsys. These tools, combined with tools developed by Microsemi, allow customers to quickly and easily manage their Microsemi FPGA designs. An intuitive user interface and push button design flow guide users through the flow while organizing design files and seamlessly managing exchanges between the various tools.

Pricing and availability

Customers can start designing with IGLOO2 FPGAs now. The M2GL050 is shipping in volume production now with subsequent device configurations rolling out throughout 2013 and early 2014. IGLOO2 FPGAs will be available in extended temperature offerings of up to 125 degrees centigrade temperature junction. The low-cost IGLOO2 Evaluation Kit will be available in August 2013. Pricing for IGLOO2 starts at less than $7USD for high volume orders. For more information about Microsemi's IGLOO2 FPGAs, visit www.microsemi.com/igloo2-fpga

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