Designers who want to deploy a programmable RISC-V-based SOC FPGA are now able to start development and evaluate the broad network of RISC-V ecosystem products such as Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS), debuggers, compilers, System On Modules (SOMs) and security solutions. The Mi-V RISC-V Partner Ecosystem is a continuously expanding, comprehensive suite of tools and design resources developed by Microchip and numerous third parties to fully support RISC-V designs.
"Microchip is enabling an unprecedented transformation in processor design as the market embraces RISC-V software and silicon," says Bruce Weyer, vice president of the Field-Programmable Gate Array business unit at Microchip. "We are removing barriers to entry through a low-cost evaluation platform that will give embedded engineers, software designers and hardware developers a vehicle to implement designs that leverage the benefits of the open RISC-V ISA combined with Microchip’s best-in-class form factors, thermals and low-power characteristics of PolarFire SoC FPGAs."
"It's exciting to see a low-power RISC-V board for under $500," says David Patterson, vice-chair of the RISC-V International board of directors and 2017 Turing Award winner. "Microchip’s Icicle Kit, with an embedded PolarFire SoC, will accelerate advances in the RISC-V software ecosystem and be a boon to applications that need a low-power mid-range SoC FPGA."
Microchip’s Icicle Kit for PolarFire SoC and the Mi-V ecosystem enables PolarFire SoC FPGAs with a RISC-V processor complex from SiFive and embedded trace macro from UltraSoC, development tools from Adacore, Green Hills Software, Mentor Graphics and Wind River, and a commercial RTOS solutions such as Nucleus and VxWorks that complement Microchip’s Linux and bare-metal solutions. Middleware solutions are available from DornerWorks, Hex Five, Veridify Security and wolfSSL, while SOM and design services can be provided by organizations such as Antmicro, ARIES Embedded, Digital Core Technologies, Emdalo Technologies, Sundance DSP, and Trenz Electronic.
Microchip setup an Mi-V Partner Ecosystem web page for more information.
The Icicle Kit is centered around a 250K Logic Element (LE) PolarFire SoC device and includes a PCIe connector, mikroBUS socket, dual RJ45 connector, Micro-USB connector, CAN bus connector, Raspberry Pi header, JTAG port and SD Card interfaces, which allow developers a full-featured platform for development. The board is supported by Microchip’s fully designed, validated and tested power management and clocking devices, an Ethernet PHY (VSC8662XIC), USB controller (USB3340-EZK-TR) and current sensors (PAC1934T-I/JQ).
The PolarFire SoC FPGA family is available in a variety of packages and sizes to match the performance and power tradeoffs for the application, enabling developers to implement their solutions in package sizes as small as 11 × 11 mm. Applications span accross a wide range of connected devices, including solutions for the smart home and communications.
Microchip’s Icicle Kit for PolarFire SoC FPGAs (MPFS-ICICLE-KIT-ES) is available starting at $489.00. PolarFire FPGAs are in production with early samples of the SoC FPGA available