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Microchip PolarFire SoC FPGA Icicle Kit

MPFS-ICICLE-KIT-ES Development kit supports rapid prototyping with the PolarFire® SoC FPGA

Microchip has introduced a new SoC Icicle Kit, which provides a rich application environment for evaluation of the features of its PolarFire® SoC FPGA.

The Icicle kit, which has the orderable part number MPFS-ICICLE-KIT-ES, enables evaluation of the PolarFire SoC FPGA’s five-core RISC-V microprocessor sub-system, innovative Linux® operating environment, real-time, low-power capabilities and its rich set of peripherals. These sophisticated features make the PolarFire SoC ideally suited to secure, reliable and power-efficient computing functions across a wide range of applications, including imaging and vision functions which use artificial intelligence.

The Microchip PolarFire SoC Icicle kit’s main board includes LPDDR4 DRAM, SPI Flash non-volatile memory and eMMC storage to enable the PolarFire FPGA to run the Linux operating system off-the-shelf. The MPFS-ICICLE-KIT-ES is also supplied with a multi-rail power sensor to monitor multiple power domains. A PCIe root port and Raspberry Pi and mikroBUS expansion ports, alongside a number of wired connectivity options, support quick system prototyping using a wide choice of peripheral function boards.


Microchip — PolarFire® SoC FPGA Icicle Kit Diagram

Microchip’s MPFS-ICICLE-KIT-ES: Multiple interfaces to expansion boards and serial data connections


The PolarFire SoC Icicle kit Includes:

  • MPFS250T-FCVG484EES PolarFire SoC
  • USB cable
  • QuickStart card
  • 12V/5A AC power adapter and cord
  • Ethernet cable

PolarFire SoC Icicle Kit Features

  • Secure boot
  • 4 x 12.7Gbits/s SERDES interfaces
  • PCIe interface
  • USB 2.0 interface
  • UART/SPI/I2C interface
  • CAN interface
  • Power sensor

PolarFire SoC Icicle Kit Applications

  • Imaging
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Industrial automation
  • IoT devices
  • Wireline access networks
  • Aerospace
  • Defense equipment
  • Automotive systems


PolarFire SoC: The Low-Power, High-Security, Multi-Core FPGA

The PolarFire® SoC FPGA family offers a combination of low power consumption, thermal efficiency and defense-grade security for smart, connected systems.

The PolarFire is the first system-on-chip FPGA to feature a deterministic, coherent RISC-V CPU cluster and a deterministic L2 memory sub-system, enabling the execution of real-time functions on a Linux® operating platform.

Built on the mid-range, low-power PolarFire FPGA architecture, the PolarFire SoC devices can consume 50% less power than alternative FPGAs. They are available in versions featuring between 25,000 and 460,000 logic elements. They include 12.7Gbits/s transceivers.

Security features of the PolarFire SoC FPGA include:

  • Secure hardware
    • Secure wafer sort and packaging
    • Spectre- and Meltdown-immune CPUs
  • Design security
    • DPA-resistant bitstream programming
    • Anti-tamper
    • DPA-resistant secure boot
  • Data security
    • CRI DPA countermeasures pass-through license
    • DPA-resistant cryptography co-processor
  • RISC-V Physical Memory Protection (PMP)


Microchip — PolarFire® SoC FPGA Icicle Kit