Aldec Unveils Modular, Versatile TySOM-M PolarFire SoC Growth Board and Add-Ons

Digital design automation agency Aldec has launched a growth board constructed across the newly-qualified Microchip PolarFire SoC, aiming to supply a compact however full-feature different to Microchip’s personal Icicle Equipment with modular expandability: the TySOM-M.

“Our TySOM-M debut board inherits all of the options and advantages of the PolarFire SoC FPGA. These, mixed with the board’s personal options and advantages, present engineers with a extremely versatile platform for creating functions that may price lower than in the event that they had been to focus on Arm cores,” claims Aldec’s Zibi Zalewski of the launch. “Additionally, the board’s capacity to hook up with two FMC daughter playing cards means it may be utilized in nearly any trade sector with out having to develop customized {hardware}. This actually is a robust plug-and-play resolution.”

Constructed round Microchip’s PolarFire SoC MPFS250T-FCG1152 half, the TySOM-M consists of 4 SiFive U54 RISC-V utility cores, an E51 monitor core, and an FPGA with 254k logic cells and a complete of 17.6Mb of RAM — alongside 16Gb of DDR4 for the FPGA and one other 16Gb of ECC DDR4 for the system.

The board’s principal declare to fame: expandability, utilizing high-density FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC) connectors to interface with non-compulsory add-on boards — together with FMC-ADAS, for these creating Superior Driver Assistant System (ADAS) tasks with interfaces for cameras, radar, LIDAR, and ultrasonic sensors, the FMC-INDUSTRIAL for industrial Web of Issues (IIoT) tasks, and the FMC-IOT board for extra normal IoT functions with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, sub-GHz, and Zigbee radios plus wired Ethernet.

The bottom board, in the meantime, consists of two Ethernet ports, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI video output, a full-size PCI Categorical x4 Gen. 2 slot, CAN bus, PMOD connectivity, 4 user-programmable LEDs, 4 user-accessible DIP switches, an in-built present and voltage monitor, and on-board temperature and accelerometer sensors.

On the software program entrance, Aldec is offering a board help bundle (BSP), which features a meta layer for the Yocto Mission to construct a suitable Linux distribution, reference designs, a reference bare-metal utility, and configurations for each the Microprocessor Subsystem (MSS) and Hart Software program Companies (HSS) facets of the PolarFire SoC.

Microchip’s personal PolarFire SoC Icicle Equipment launched two years in the past, although the chip at its coronary heart solely grew to become manufacturing certified earlier this yr. Designed to attraction to these working with FPGA and RISC-V applied sciences, the event board provided a variety of capabilities together with help for Linux and real-time working methods — even concurrently — and is the main target of our FPGAdventures sequence.

The TySOM-M is now obtainable with extra data on the product web page, although Aldec has not publicly confirmed pricing; it has, nevertheless, revealed plans to launch extra PolarFire SoC designs — in addition to TySOM-M variants with higher-specification PolarFire SoC chips when obtainable.

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