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Microsemi SmartFusion2 Evaluation Kit (M2S-EVAL-KIT)

Main Features of Kit or Board
Base componentMicrosemi
Category, bit32-bit
Supported families
  • Cortex-M3
  • SmartFusion2
Board peripherals
  • RS-232 driver
  • I/O pins
  • I2C interface
  • SPI
  • USB
  • USB-device
  • USB-Host
  • Ethernet
  • PCI-E
  • Flash
  • user buttons
  • user LEDs
  • Power Management

Part NumberM2S-EVAL-KIT

Microsemi's SmartFusion2 Evaluation Kit (M2S-EVAL-KIT) is the lowest cost SoC FPGA platform for developing cost-optimized SoC FPGA designs using Microsemi's SmartFusion2 System-on-Chip(SoC) FPGAs, which integrate inherently reliable flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166 MHz ARM Cortex-M3 processor, advanced security processing accelerators, DSPblocks, SRAM, eNVM, and industry-required high-performance communication interfaces, all on a single chip. The SmartFusion2 Evaluation Kit makes it easy to develop transceiver I/O-based FPGA designs to build PCI Express and Gigabit Ethernet-based systems. The board is also small form-factor PCIe compliant, which will allow quick prototyping and evaluation using any desktop PC or laptop with a PCIe slot.


Detailed Description

The kit enables you to:

  • Develop and test PCI Express Gen2 x1 lane designs
  • Test signal quality of the FPGA transceiver using the full-duplex SERDES SMA Pairs
  • Measure the low power consumption of the SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA
  • Quickly create a working PCIe link with the included PCIe Control Plane Demo

Hardware Feature Overview

  • 25K LE SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA in the FGG484 package (M2S025T-1FGG484)
  • 64 Mb SPI Flash memory
  • 512 MB LPDDR
  • PCI Express Gen2 x1 interface
  • Four SMA connector for testing of full-duplex SERDES channel
  • RJ45 interface for 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • JTAG/SPI programming interface
  • Headers for I2C, SPI, GPIOs
  • Push-button switches and LEDs for demo purposes
  • Current Measurement Test Points

The board includes an RJ45 interface to 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 512MB of LPDDR, 64MB SPI Flash, and USB-UART connections, as well as I2C, SPI, and GPIO headers. The kit includes a 12V power supply but can also be powered via the PCIe edge connector. Also included is a free Gold License for the LiberoSoC software toolset to enable FPGA development and to utilize the reference designs made available with the kit. In addition, a FlashPro4 JTAG programmer is included for programming and debugging.

Kit Contents

  1. SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA 25K LE M2S025T-1FGG484
  2. 12V Wall-Mounted Power Supply
  3. FlashPro4 JTAG programmer for programming
  4. USB 2.0 A male to mini-B Y-cable for UART/power interface (up to 1A) to PC
  5. Quickstart Guide
  6. Libero SoC Gold Software License
  7. PCIe Control Plane Demo Design

SmartFusion2 Evaluation Kit User Guide

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