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LEON5FT and NOEL-V processor available for PolarFire FPGA

Date: 15/12/2020
Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES) made its LEON5FT and NOEL-V processor models available for PolarFire FPGA devices from Microchip. FPGA configuration files are freely available for the Microchip’s PolarFire FPGA Splash Kit for the evaluation of LEON5 and NOEL-V on PolarFire FPGAs.

“Recently, the LEON5 32-bit processor model has been adapted for high-end, space-grade FPGAs, and several new NOEL-V configurations now allow 32- and 64-bit implementations targeted for FPGA,” said Sandi Habinc, General Manager of the Cobham Gaisler Design Center. “Both LEON5 and NOEL-V are high-performance superscalar processors that offer a significant performance increase over our previous processor generations. This provides a RISC-V solution for both the high-end applications and the more resource constrained implementations that were previously only served by LEON3FT.”

“The availability of these new processor cores from Cobham Gaisler will enable our mutual customers to achieve fault-tolerant computing in harsh environments using our latest generation of FPGAs, the PolarFire and RT PolarFire FPGA families,” said Ken O’Neill Associate Director, Space and Aviation Marketing, in Microchip’s FPGA business unit. “Particularly encouraging is the introduction of the NOEL-V processor core, which brings the benefits of the RISC-V open instruction set architecture in a fault-tolerant form intended for the harsh radiation environments of space and aviation applications”.

CAES said throughout the year 2021 it will introduce additional examples and data on targeting both the LEON5FT and NOEL-V to Microchip’s FPGAs, such as the RTG4 that is extensively used in space applications.