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Embedded Computing Design Article: Microchip’s New PolarFire SoC Architecture Provides Real-Time To Linux

By December 5, 2018May 12th, 2021No Comments

Microchip Technology Inc., via Microsemi Corporation, its subsidiary, announced it will expand its Mi-V ecosystem by revealing the architecture for a new class of SoC FPGAs. It will combine the PolarFire FPGA family with a complete MPU subsystem based on the open, royalty-free RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA).
The new PolarFire SoC architecture provides real-time deterministic asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP) means to Linux platforms in a multi-core coherent CPU collection. SiFive collaborated in the development of the PolarFire SoC architecture that has a flexible 2 MB L2 memory subsystem with potential configuration as a cache, scratchpad or a direct access memory. Designers now have the option to implement deterministic real-time embedded applications along with a highly-functioning operating system for a myriad of thermal and space hindered applications in collaborative, networked IoT systems.
“As a fully customizable, programmable RISC-V platform, the PolarFire SoC architecture gives designers the freedom to create innovative Linux-based SoCs in novel and interesting ways tailored for their distinct, domain-specific requirements,” said SiFive CEO Naveed Sherwami. “By leveraging SiFive’s market-leading U54-MC CPU core complex, PolarFire SoC will enable designers to overcome the universal challenge of building real-time systems with predictable behaviors.”
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