SmartFusion2 Maker Board now available globally from Digi-Key

January 10, 2018 //By Ally Winning
SmartFusion2 Maker Board now available globally from Digi-Key
In an exclusive deal, Digi-Key can now offer Microsemi’s low-cost SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA maker board to its global customer base.

The evaluation board is the lowest cost entry point for developers that wish to create applications for the ARM Cortex-M3 processor and 12K logic elements (LE) FPGA fabric in the SmartFusion2 SoC. The evaluation kit includes the board, a USB cable for power, programming and communications and a QuickStart Guide.


Microsemi’s SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA family allows the hardware flexibility of low-density FPGA fabric, while also delivering low power consumption, security features and single event upset (SEU) FPGA configuration immunity. The SoC also offers GigE MAC, USB OTG, DDR2/3 controller and supporting peripherals. Features on the board include 1000BASE-T PHY and connector, two unpopulated interfaces for ESP32 and the ESP8266 (not included) and USB connectivity.


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Digi-Key lures students with free online design resources


October 04, 2017 // By Julien Happich

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Digi-Key Electronics' branding strategy expands to future engineers, by nurturing students throughout their education with the provision of a complete online portfolio of free, easy-to-use engineering tools, including a full suite of low-cost EDA and design tools.

The design tool solutions are formulated to help designers at all levels through the entire design cycle to shorten the time from design to production. The portfolio includes free diagramming tools all the way to the most robust professional full PCB schematic capture and layout functionality. 
Four unique and complementary tools offered on the distributor's website include the company’s circuit drawing tool Scheme-It; the industry-proven PCB design tools Mentor PADS Maker/MakerPro; the Quadcept advanced processing tools for ERC/DRC, and Ultra Librarian which contains automated and manual footprint, symbol and 3D model creation for about 90% of Digi-Key-covered parts.

Students can also access Digi-Key's reference design library; conversion calculators; BOM manager; and a variety of tutorial videos, how-to demos, and in-depth design articles.

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Digi-Key lures students with

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