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Libero SoC v11.2 targeted at FPGA, SoC designers

13 Dec 2013

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Microsemi has released the Libero System-on-Chip (SoC) version 11.2 comprehensive FPGA design software suite. The company says the software reduces compile time for mainstream IGLOO2 FPGAs and SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs by up to 50 per cent, thus boosting ease-of-use and productivity for designers. The software also provides power analysis and debug features to FPGA and SoC designers.

Designers new to Microsemi FPGAs will benefit from enhancements to System Builder, the easy-to-use and correct-by-construction, step-by-step guide for configuring and implementing system designs, according to the company. Additional productivity improvements include SmartDesign design canvas tool updates, SmartPower maximum process power analysis and thermal analysis capabilities, and SmartDebug SERDES physical media attachment (PMA) analysis features.

"Given the significant number of new customers adopting IGLOO2 and SmartFusion2 devices, we focused development on enhanced ease-of-use, faster run time, and expanded debug and analysis capabilities to improve customer productivity," said Shakeel Peera, director of Product Line Marketing for Microsemi's SoC product group. "In addition, designers of applications where power efficiency is a key concern can benefit from the new capabilities in the SmartPower analysis tool that demonstrates our mainstream FPGA families' industry-leading, ultra-low power consumption."

Libero SoC v11.2 software toolset is now available for download from Microsemi's website.

Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs are devices that address fundamental requirements for advanced security, high reliability, and low power in various industrial, military, aviation, communications, and medical applications. SmartFusion2 integrates a flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166MHz (MHz) ARM Cortex-M3 processor, advanced security processing accelerators, DSP blocks, SRAM, eNVM, and industry-required communication interfaces all on a single chip. Microsemi's IGLOO2 FPGAs continue the company's focus on addressing the needs of today's cost-optimised FPGA market by providing a LUT-based fabric, 5G transceiver, high speed GPIO, block RAM, high-performance memory sub-system, and DSP blocks in a differentiated, cost- and power-optimised architecture. This next generation IGLOO2 architecture offers up to five times more logic density and three times more fabric performance than its predecessors and combines a non-volatile Flash-based fabric with the highest number of general purpose I/O, 5G SERDES interfaces, and PCIe end points when compared to other products in its class, the company touts. IGLOO2 FPGAs offer feature integration coupled with the lowest power, highest reliability, and most advanced security in the industry.

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