What is SmartFusion2?

SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA Architecture SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs offer 5K-150K LEs with a 166MHz ARM® Cortex™-M3 processor, including ETM and Instruction Cache with on-chip eSRAM & eNVM and a complete Microcontroller Subsystem with extensive peripherals including CAN, TSE, USB.

What is an SoC FPGA?

SoC FPGA devices integrate both processor and FPGA architectures into a single device. Consequently, they provide higher integration, lower power, smaller board size, and higher bandwidth communication between the processor and FPGA.

What is the maximum data rate for the PolarFire transceiver?

PolarFire FPGAs include up to 24 high-speed full-duplex transceiver channels with unique features unavailable in competing devices. The SerDes transceiver was specifically optimized for PolarFire mid-range FPGAs, supporting baud rates from 250 Mbps to 12.7 Gbps, covering the full SDI range of applications.

Does FPGA have memory?

The FPGA fabric includes embedded memory elements that can be used as random-access memory (RAM), read-only memory (ROM), or shift registers. These elements are block RAMs (BRAMs), LUTs, and shift registers. The data of the ROM is written as part of the FPGA configuration and cannot be modified in any way.

Is FPGA an emulation?

The only difference between hardware emulation and FPGA prototyping is in the name. While emulators may use and, indeed, some do use FPGA devices, the differences between the two tools are staggering. FPGA prototypes are designed and built to achieve the highest speed of execution possible.

Are FPGA faster than CPU?

A FPGA can hit the data cell faster and more often than a CPU can do it meaning the FPGA causes more results to occur during an attack. It all goes faster when an FPGA is used. And as a side benefit, no trace of all this is left on the CPU because it’s never touched when an FPGA is used.

Is FPGA a microprocessor?

Microprocessor vs FPGA: A microprocessor is a simplified CPU or Central Processing Unit. An FPGA doesn’t have any hardwired logic blocks because that would defeat the field programmable aspect of it. An FPGA is laid out like a net with each junction containing a switch that the user can make or break.

Is FPGA better than emulation?

But this is the general difference between software emulators and hardware emulation with an FPGA along with a high level overview as to why FPGA emulation can be more accurate and performant than software emulation.

Can FPGA replace CPU?

Yes, FPGA can outperform modern CPU (like Intel i7) in some specyfic task, but there are easier and cheaper methods to improve neural network performance. By cheaper – I mean total effort, not FPGA IC cost, but also very fast memory for FPGA (you would need it for neural network) and whole development process.

Why is FPGA faster?

So, Why can an FPGA be faster than an CPU? In essence it’s because the FPGA uses far fewer abstractions than a CPU, which means the designer works closer to the silicon. He doesn’t pay the costs of all the many abstraction layers which are required for CPUs.

Is FPGA faster than CPU?