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Integrated Development Kit Speeds Design of FPGA-Based Satellite Systems

Developers can prototype with the same low-power, high-throughput Radiation-Tolerant (RT) FPGA that will be used in spaceflight

Integrated Development Kit Speeds Design of FPGA-Based Satellite Systems

Developers using FPGAs to meet satellite system payload and throughput requirements can speed designs by prototyping with space-qualified devices rather than commercial off-the-shelf silicon. Microchip Technology (Nasdaq: MCHP) today announces it has combined its flight-ready RT PolarFire® FPGA with the development kit and interfaces for evaluating design concepts based on actual in-flight electrical and mechanical characteristics.


“Our new integrated development platform for space applications includes features and interfaces that are ideal for prototyping,” said Shakeel Peera, vice president of marketing for Microchip’s FPGA business unit. “Using the same package and silicon that final, in-orbit or deep-space units will have, designers can evaluate high-speed transceivers and test all of their control, DSP, communications and image-processing algorithms.”


The RT PolarFire development kit supports various daughter boards and includes two fully populated high-pin count (HPC) FPGA mezzanine card connectors, DDR3 DIMM and RT Gigabit Ethernet connection, SPI flash memory, and SubMiniature Version A (SMA) connectors. Also included is radiation data and the Libero® software tool suite for programming the RT PolarFire FPGA.


Microchip’s RT PolarFire FPGA increases mission-critical computing and connectivity throughput compared to SRAM FPGAs while consuming up to 50 percent less power and offering greater immunity to radiation-induced configuration Single Event Upsets (SEUs). It can be used to solve such difficult spaceflight challenges as reducing satellite signal processing congestion. Microchip has completed MIL-STD-883 Class B qualification for the RT PolarFire FPGA and is in the process of completing Class Q and Class V qualification.


Microchip offers multiple kit options based on four versions of its RTPF500T RT PolarFire FPGA spanning different package pin counts and speed grades.


Microchip’s RT PolarFire development kits are available now. For more information, contact a Microchip sales representative, authorized worldwide distributor or purchase at Microchip’s Purchasing and Client Services website, www.microchipdirect.com.


About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of smart, connected and secure embedded control solutions. Its easy-to-use development tools and comprehensive product portfolio enable customers to create optimal designs which reduce risk while lowering total system cost and time to market. The company solutions serve more than 120,000 customers across the industrial, automotive, consumer, aerospace and defense, communications and computing markets. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com.

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