|Microsemi's SmartFusion2 Starter Kit provides designers with access to SmartFusion2 system-on-chip (SoC) FPGAs, which integrate inherently reliable. Flash-based FPGA fabric; a 166 MHz ARM Cortex-M3 processor; advanced security processing accelerators; DSP blocks; SRAM; eNVM; and industry-required, high-performance communication interfaces all on a single chip.
The SmartFusion2 starter kit supports industry-standard interfaces including Ethernet, USB, SPI, I2C, and UART. It also includes a comprehensive breadboard to support unique design requirements. The kit uses Microsemi’s Libero SoC v11.0 beta software, which includes a free Libero Gold license and comes preloaded with an uClinux demo. Emcraft Systems’ Linux-based development environment is also supported. The SmartFusion2 device is available on an Emcraft Systems miniature (34 mm x 59 mm) mezzanine-form-factor, system-on-module (M2S-SOM), which connects to the SOM-BSB-EXT baseboard. The kit is USB powered and includes FlashPro4 programming.