Extendable Platform Kit Drives FPGA-Based RISC-V Designs

Microsemi and Imperas Software Ltd. launch the Extendable Platform Kit for Microsemi Mi-V RISC-V soft central processing units (CPUs). The collaboration delivers the first commercially available instruction set simulator (ISS) for Microsemi's Mi-V ecosystem, a program designed to increase adoption of Microsemi's RISC-V soft CPU product family utilizing RISC-V open instruction set architectures (ISAs).

 

Imperas' Virtual Extendable Platform Kit provides a software simulation environment for the development, debugging and testing of software running on Microsemi's RISC-V soft core. This environment, with improved controllability, visibility, repeatability and ease of automation, accelerates software development. This enables higher quality software, particularly for applications demanding reliability, safety and security. As the first commercially supported ISS for RISC-V processors, with debug integrated with SoftConsole, the kit is also an example platform running the FreeRTOS operating system. Customers can now choose commercially supported ISS for their software development tasks versus an open source, self-support-style ISS.

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In addition to enabling agile software development and testing, the EPK provides enhanced visibility into the processor subsystem, offering software debug, test and analysis capabilities not typically found in silicon. The EPK is ideal for developing a wide variety of applications within the aerospace and defense, communications and industrial markets, including strategic weapons platforms, secure communications, wireline aggregation and machine vision.

 

The Extendable Platform Kit is available now. For more information, visit the Extendable Platform Kit page.

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