Designing systems for the intelligent edge has never been more challenging. Market windows are shrinking, the costs and risks of new designs are rising, thermal constraints and reliability are twin priorities, and the need for cradle-to-grave security continues to grow. Satisfying these simultaneous demands requires immediate knowledge of unique technology and vertical-market expertise. There’s no time to start from scratch. Today, Microchip Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MCHP) adds nine new technology- and application-specific solution stacks to its growing collection of mid-range FPGA and System-on-Chip (SoC) support. The stacks span the industrial edge, bright embedded vision, and edge communications.
“We’re making it much easier to create industry-leading industrial and communications designs,” said Shakeel Peera, vice president of strategy for Microchip’s FPGA business unit. “And our intelligent edge focus is getting significant traction with leading system designers because they benefit from PolarFire FPGA’s unequaled power efficiency, security, and reliability.”
“Size, weight, and power are critical considerations in designing a thermal imaging system,” said Frederic Aubrun, CCO of Xenics, a pioneer in infrared imaging, with best-in-class products for short-, mid- and long-wave IR imagers, cores, and cameras. “Microchip SmartFusion® and PolarFire FPGAs provide the best balance between small form factor, power efficiency, and processing resources within a meager power budget in our current and next-generation products.”
“We use PolarFire FPGAs because of their small footprint and energy efficiency,” said Michael Yampolsky, founder and CEO of KAYA Instruments. “They enable our cameras to fit into tight spaces while getting high quality, low noise, excellent dynamic range, and a large feature set utilizing the latest CMOS sensor technology. Using PolarFire FPGAs on our platform allows us to quickly market our latest vision technology for our customers’ needs.” KAYA designs industrial-grade imaging equipment, including small-form-factor and low-power cameras and frame grabbers that provide outstanding video quality in average to extreme ambient light conditions.
The news of Microchip’s expanded solution stack collections follows the June announcement of an industrial edge stack for OPC/UA (Open Platform Communications/Unified Architecture) and extensive resources to help customers switch to PolarFire FPGAs and SoCs.