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FPGAs Suit Many Apps

FPGAs Suit Many Apps

The IGLOO®2 field programmable gate array (FPGA) family from Microsemi Corp. is 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'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.

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.

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.

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