Microsemi Introduces SmartFusion®2 SoC FPGA Starter Kits to Speed Product-Development Efforts

      Microsemi Introduces SmartFusion®2 SoC FPGA Starter Kits to Speed
                         Product-Development Efforts

Worldwide Training Sessions on SmartFusion2 Now Open for Registration

PR Newswire

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Jan. 31, 2013

ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Microsemi Corporation
(Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated
by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the
availability of its SmartFusion^®2 Starter Kit, providing designers with a
basic prototyping platform for the company's SmartFusion2 system-on-chip (SoC)
field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

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The SmartFusion2 Starter Kit supports industry-standard interfaces including
Ethernet, USB, SPI, I2C and UART and includes a comprehensive breadboard to
support unique design requirements. The kit can be used with Microsemi's
Libero SoC v11.0 beta software, which includes a free Libero Gold license and
comes preloaded with a uClinux demo. By using the included USB WiFi adapter,
the kit has support for RaLink 5370 USB wireless radios, allowing uClinux to
setup a wireless access point that serves DHCP WiFi connections.

Users can start a HTTPD server and then access the SmartFusion2 device via a
smart phone web browser or other wireless device. Emcraft Systems' Linux-based
development environment is also supported. The SmartFusion2 device is
available on an Emcraft Systems miniature (34mm x 59mm) mezzanine form factor
system-on-module (M2S-SOM), which connects to the SOM-BSB-EXT baseboard. The
kit is USB powered, includes FlashPro4 programming and features the following
user interfaces and capabilities:

  oSmartFusion2 SoC FPGA in the FG896 package (M2S050T-FG896ES)
  o10/100 Ethernet interface and RJ-45 connector
  oUSB OTG interface and mini-USB connector
  oUSB based Wi-Fi module
  o64MB LPDDR, 16MB SPI flash
  oUser push-button connected to GPIO on the SOM
  oTwo user-controlled LEDs connected to GPIO on the SOM
  oBreadboard area available for GPIO or FPGA I/O connection
  oPower good LED indicating presence of the +3.3 V SOM power
  oReset push button, reset-out LED
  oDepending on the design, can provide necessary power supply voltages (+5
    V, +3.3 V, +1.5 V for power-optimized SOM operation) from external sources
    through dedicated pads on the breadboard

About SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs
Microsemi's next-generation SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs are designed to address
fundamental requirements for advanced security, high reliability and low power
in critical communications, defense, aviation, and industrial and medical
applications. SmartFusion2 integrates inherently reliable flash-based FPGA
fabric, a 166 megahertz (MHz) ARM^® Cortex^™-M3 processor, advanced security
processing accelerators, DSP blocks, SRAM, eNVM and industry-required
high-performance communication interfaces all on a single chip. For more
information about Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs, visit
www.microsemi.com/smartfusion2.

Avent Memec Hosts SmartFusion2 Events Throughout US
Microsemi distributor Avnet Memec North America will host hands-on training
sessions on SmartFusion2 with the new starter kits. Attendees will receive a
SmartFusion2 starter kit at the completion of the training. For more
information on the Avnet Memec North America events, visit
www.em.avnet.com/sf2speedway.

About Microsemi
Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of
semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense & security,
aerospace and industrial markets. Products include high-performance,
radiation-hardened and highly reliable analog mixed-signal integrated
circuits, FPGAs, SoCs andASICs; power management products; timing and voice
processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies
and scalable anti-tamper products;Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as
well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in
Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 3,000 employees globally. Learn
more at www.microsemi.com. 

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related to its new SmartFusion2 Starter Kit, and its potential effects on
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