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Microsemi Collaborates with Solectrix to Introduce SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA-Based System-on-Module for Low Power and Secure Digital Signal Processing

Update Time: 2020-01-15 15:20:01

Microsemi Collaborates with Solectrix to Introduce SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA-Based System-on-Module for Low Power and Secure Digital Signal Processing

SoM Enables Faster Time to Market for Imaging and Video Processing Systems

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, and Solectrix, an independent service provider specializing in the development of embedded systems, today announced the availability of Solectrix's SXoM-SF2, a high performance, low power, secure and ultra-compact digital signal processing (DSP) system-on-module (SOM) solution based on Microsemi's SmartFusion™2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate array (FPGA) devices. SXoM-SF2 SOM, with a SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA and DDR3 memory, enables numerous higher performance applications to be built quickly-- significantly reducing customers' time to market.

"We are pleased the team at Solectrix has successfully leveraged the unique capabilities of our SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA devices, as its SXoM-SF2 complements Microsemi's efforts to build a robust portfolio of products and solutions for video and imaging applications," said Prem Arora, director of marketing for Microsemi. "FPGA-based DSP and high-speed PCIe streaming are ideal for many image processing applications, particularly within the industrial, medical and defense and markets where these capabilities combined with the SmartFusion2's security and low power are a compelling combination."

At a compact size of 55 mm x 30 mm, SXoM-SF2 can be deployed across a wide range of applications including motion capturing and analysis, medical and scientific imaging, security and surveillance, high-end machine vision, traffic monitoring and airborne imaging. The device functions as a modular system core for high performance DSP applications and uses a carrier board with a PCIe interface to enable high-speed streaming of processed data to the host (PCIe streaming server). Users can leverage the SXoM-SF2 module for their own design and benefit from Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA, which combine a flash-based FPGA fabric featuring 56K logic elements (LEs) with an ARM-based hard processor system running at 166 megahertz (MHz).

"Our SmartFusion2-based SOM allows customers in the broad imaging market to easily build high performing, secure and low power DSP systems with the ability to integrate functions like imaging processing, video capture and high-speed PCIe streaming to the host," said Stefan Schuetz, Managing Director at Solectrix. "In addition to its ultra-compact form factor, low power embedded architecture, and metadata and audio extraction, leveraging Microsemi's SmartFusion2 device enables the development of a wide variety of higher performance applications."

According to Chaitanya Kumar, CEO of market research firm IndustryArc, which published a report titled, "Global Machine Vision Market," "Surging demand for image processing and video analytics capabilities in various end user industries such as food processing, industrial automation, medical and automotive, are likely to proliferate the adoption for high performance SOMs in these markets. Significant innovations and developments in image processing techniques on the back video analytics initiatives and big data are the key drivers of the machine vision market, which is witnessing remarkable growth rate of 11 percent and is projected to reach $8.6 billion by 2021, subsequently driving the market for SOM in machine vision."

Solectrix offers a high definition serial digital interface (HD-SDI) to PCIe base board to help demonstrate its SXoM-SF2's capabilities for customers. This board set can capture HD video and perform audio extraction, scaling, etc. Customers looking to leverage the device for their specific applications can purchase the SOM for a single power conversion system (PCS). In addition, Solectrix provides design services and turnkey development for custom designs.

Application example based on the SXoM-SF2 device:

    --  Dual 3G/HD-SDI receivers (connectors and PHYs on carrier board),
        supporting 1280 × 720 pixels, 4:2:2 and 1920 × 1080 pixels, 4:2:2
    --  High-quality scaling and RAW bypass for image data
    --  PCIe-based streaming server for image data
    --  PCI Express 2.0 x1 interface to host (5 Gbit/s)

About Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs
Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs deliver more resources in low density devices, with the lowest power, proven security and exceptional reliability. These devices are ideal for general purpose functions such as Gigabit Ethernet or dual PCI Express control planes, bridging functions, input/output (I/O) expansion and conversion, video/image processing, system management and secure connectivity. Microsemi SoC FPGAs are used by customers in communications, industrial, medical, defense and aviation markets. PCIe Gen 2 connectivity starts at just 10K logic elements. SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs offer 5K-150K LEs with 166MHz ARM Cortex-M3 processor with up to 512KB of embedded flash, Triple Speed Ethernet, USB 2.0 OTG, CAN controllers and general purpose peripherals, with the highest max I/O per LE density. Microsemi also offers a broad range of military, automotive and space grade FPGAs and SoC FPGAs.

About Solectrix
Solectrix, based in Nuremberg, Germany, was launched in 2005 as an independent service provider specializing in high-end electronics solutions. Its expertise with advanced hardware, software and FPGA design enables Solectrix to operate in diverse markets, ranging from medical and industrial products to automotive applications and camera electronics, working closely with leading companies in their respective fields.

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 and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world's standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 4,800 employees globally.

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