AEC-Q100 qualified and military-grade FPGAs in volume production

March 03, 2021 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
AEC-Q100 qualified and military-grade FPGAs in volume production
Automotive, defence, aerospace and industrial designers requiring programmable logic devices for their applications can now access Microchip's PolarFire FPGAs in volume production. Versions of the FPGAs are available that are qualified to both the AEC-Q100 specification and the military temperature range.

Automotive, industrial and defence applications operating in harsh environments require solutions that offer power and space efficiency as well as security through encryption due to their thermal and space challenges. PolarFire FPGAs offer built-in security features that guarantee secure communication, encrypted bitstream and cryptographically secured supply chain, ensuring tamper-proof solutions for these market segments.

Unlike SRAM-based FPGAs, Microchip's devices can be operated without a fan, and in some cases without a heat sink. This simplifies the thermal design of the system and creates new opportunities for smaller, lighter solutions. This is particularly interesting in the automotive sector when blind spot detection and lane change warning systems as well as rear view cameras are to be integrated. In addition to the extended temperature range and high security, these military-grade FPGAs offer more computing power in thermally demanding environments such as those found in advanced weapons systems.

"Dissipating heat from a system is not costless," said Bruce Weyer, vice president of the FPGA Business Unit at Microchip. "The less heat that needs to be dissipated, the lower the overall system cost. In some cases, it is possible to remove the fan from the system entirely. Fans can be prone to wear and tear and have a high probability of failure. Automotive and aerospace designers can now use mid-range FPGAs with the lowest overall power consumption, highest reliability and best safety technology for their designs."

According to the manufacturer, PolarFire FPGAs consume up to 50% less power than competing solutions. The series ranges from 100K to 500K logic elements (LE) and features 12.7G transceivers.

The Libero SoC Design Suite, Microchip's development tool for FPGAs and SoCs, now also supports its own AEC-Q100-qualified and military-grade FPGAs.

More information: www.microchip.com/polarfire


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