Microchip Releases Icicle Dev Kit for PolarFire FPGAs

September 30, 2020 Perry Cohen

Microchip Technology announced the release of the Icicle Development Kit for PolarFire (SoC) FPGAs, what they are calling the first RISC-V-based SoC FPGA development kit. It brings together a wide range of Mi-V partners to help speed design deployment.

Per a company press release, Icicle Kit for PolarFire SoC and Mi-V ecosystem enables PolarFire SoC FPGAs with:

  • RISC-V processor complex from SiFive and embedded trace macro from UltraSoC
  • Development tools from Adacore, Green Hills Software, Mentor Graphics and Wind River
  • Commercial RTOS solutions such as Nucleus and VxWorks that complement Microchip’s Linux® and bare-metal solutions
  • Middleware solutions from DornerWorks, Hex Five, Veridify Security and wolfSSL
  • SOM and design services from organizations such as Antmicro, ARIES Embedded, Digital Core Technologies, Emdalo Technologies, Sundance DSP, and Trenz Electronic

As mentioned, the kit is based on a 250K LE PolarFire SoC. It also includes a PCle connector, a mikroBUS socket, a dual RJ45 connector, a micro-USB connector, a CAN bus connector, a Raspberry Pi header, a JTAG port, and an SD card interface.

Further, the board is supported by an Ethernet PHY (VSC8662XIC), USB controller (USB3340-EZK-TR), and current sensors (PAC1934T-I/JQ).

For more information, visit www.microchip.com.

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