AEC-Q100 qualified and defense-grade PolarFire® FPGAs

March 04, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
AEC-Q100 qualified and defense-grade PolarFire® FPGAs
Expanded FPGA product offering with robust device certification and characterization targets thermally challenging environments.

Automotive- and defense-grade PolarFire FPGAs are now available in volume production quantities for automotive, defense, aerospace and industrial designers. Microchip Technology is shipping PolarFire FPGAs qualified for both the Automotive Electronics Council Q100 (AEC-Q100) specification Grade T2 (-40°C to 125°C TJ) and military temperature grade (-40°C to 125°C TJ).

With their thermal and space design constraints, automotive, industrial and military applications deployed in harsh environments require products that offer power and space efficiency as well as cryptographic security. PolarFire FPGAs offer on-chip security features that enable secure communication, an encrypted bitstream, and a cryptographically secured supply chain, ensuring tamper-proof solutions for these market segments.

Unlike SRAM-based FPGAs, Microchip devices can operate without fans and in some cases without heatsinks, simplifying the thermal design of the system and creating new opportunities for smaller, lighter designs. This is especially important in automotive applications such as blind spot detection, lane change warning systems and back up cameras. Additionally, the extended temperature range of our military grade devices coupled with our state-of-the-art security enables developers to trust and add more compute power within a thermally constrained environments such as those found in advanced strategic weapons systems.

“Removing heat from a system is not free,” said Bruce Weyer, vice president of Microchip’s FPGA business unit. “The less heat you move, the lower your total system costs become. In some cases, complete removal of fans from systems, which often have a low mean time between failure, is possible. Automotive and aerospace design engineers can now develop mid-range FPGA solutions with the lowest total power, highest reliability, and best-in-class security technologies, all at a lower total system cost.”

PolarFire FPGAs deliver up to 50% lower power than competing products. The family of devices pan from 100K Logic Elements (LEs) to 500K LEs and feature 12.7G transceivers.

Further, the Libero® SoC Design Suite, the development tool for designing with Microchip’s FPGAs and SoCs, now supports both AEC-Q100 and military-temperature-grade FPGAs today. The FPGAs are also supported by the VectorBlox™ Accelerator Software Development Kit and IP, plus High-Level Synthesis (HLS) tool for edge computing from Microchip.

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