Saturday, May 25, 2024

New Solution Stacks For Intelligent Edge Systems

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Ten curated collections cover the industrial, communications, and smart embedded vision domains and motor control and optical access technologies. These sets include intellectual property, reference designs, development kits, application notes, demonstration guides, and additional resources.

Designing for the intelligent edge presents unprecedented challenges in today’s evolving technological landscape. With narrowing market opportunities, increased costs of designs, the importance of thermal considerations and reliability, and a heightened emphasis on comprehensive security, the ability to access specialised technology knowledge becomes paramount. Reinventing the wheel is not an option.

Microchip Technology Inc. announces adding nine fresh technology- and application-centric solution stacks to bolster its extensive mid-range FPGA (field programmable gate array) and SoC (system on chip) support repertoire. These new offerings cater to the diverse needs of the industrial edge, smart embedded vision, and edge communications.

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Shakeel Peera, the Vice President of Strategy for Microchip’s FPGA unit, highlights the intent behind the launch, stating, “We aim to simplify the design process for industrial and communications sectors. The emphasis on the intelligent edge resonates with top system designers, mainly due to the unparalleled power efficiency, security, and reliability of our PolarFire FPGA.” Federic Aubrun, CCO of infrared imaging frontrunner Xenics, notes, “When developing thermal imaging systems, it’s crucial to strike a balance between size, power, and weight. Microchip’s SmartFusion® and PolarFire FPGAs offer the perfect equilibrium for our current and upcoming products.”

This announcement from the company builds on the previous introduction of an industrial edge stack tailored for Open Platform Communications United Architecture (OPC/UA) in June and abundant resources aiding customers in transitioning to PolarFire FPGAs and SoCs. The uniqueness of the PolarFire FPGA intelligent edge solution stacks lies in their meticulous customisation. Contrary to generic solutions that cater to vast application domains, these stacks are fine-tuned for specific technological and market needs, packed with intricate intellectual property, hands-on development kits, reference models, and more.

The company has included new intelligent edge solutions and stacks for its PolarFire FPGA and SoC platforms. These solutions cater to applications such as smart embedded vision with features like H.264 compression, HDMI, Serial digital interface, and CoaXpress. They offer solutions for motor control and OPC/UA for the industrial edge. In edge communications, the solutions are tailored for software-defined radios, USXGMII, SFP+ optical modules, and 5G ORAN.

Akanksha Gaur
Akanksha Gaur
Akanksha Sondhi Gaur is a journalist at EFY. She has a German patent and brings a robust blend of 7 years of industrial & academic prowess to the table. Passionate about electronics, she has penned numerous research papers showcasing her expertise and keen insight.

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