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Become FPGA Ready with Microchip's Hello FPGA Kit

Low-cost and compact-sized, this field-programmable gate array knowledge kit is backed by Microchip’s SmartFusion®2 FPGA with its leading embedded Flash-based Arm® Cortex®-M3 processor.

The Hello FPGA kit allows the development of many applications – simple or complex – ranging from data acquisition and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to image and signal processing. The kit allows users to freeze the design while maintaining the I/O state for low-power applications, using Flash Freeze mode. The Hello FPGA board also includes a Microchip PIC32 MCU that is used to monitor power, program the SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA, and perform general housekeeping functions.

It also comes with Arduino and mikroBUS connectors to support additional expansion boards for even more prototyping capabilities. This makes the platform serviceable as a standalone unit or as an extension to existing Microchip kits over the PICkit Header.

The kit includes:

  • FPGA Mainboard with SmartFusion2 M2S010-1VF256
  • Camera Sensor Board (LI-0V7725-MICRO v1.0)
  • LCD Board
  • USB 2.0 A to mini-B cable
  • QuickStart Card

Features (Included in the SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA):

  • Artificial intelligence: Uses parallel processing to do real-time hand-written digit recognition
  • Digital Signal Processing: Creates FIR/FFT filters
  • Power monitor GUI: Shows how fast the instant-on wake-up time is while displaying power consumption for both operational and flash-freeze modes


  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Dual PCI Express control planes
  • Bridging function
  • I/O expansion and conversion