Aries, Emdalo Team Up To Develop RISC-V FPGA Module

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ARIES Embedded and Emdalo Technologies team up to develop modules based on Microchip’s PolarFire SoC architecture Copyright: Shutterstock/ARIES Embedded GmbH

Aries will incorporate PolarFire FPGA architecture for its two M100PF and M100PFS system-on-modules (SoM). 

Germany-based Aries Embedded has partnered with Emdalo Technologies to develop embedded modules based on Microchip’s PolarFire RISC-V SoC and FPGA architecture.

The PolarFire FPGA architecture, used by Aries, includes multiple embedded RISC-V processors, for its M100PF and M100PFS system-on-modules (SoM). These are already used in a wide range of applications, including smart embedded vision, industrial automation, communications, and IoT.

“The PolarFire SoC combines a high-performance 64-bit RISC-V multicore processor subsystem with low-power FPGA technology,” stated Andreas Widder, managing director of Aries Embedded.

The M100PF SoM family implements the PolarFire FPGA and spans from 100K logic elements (LEs) to 300K LEs. It features 12.7G transceivers and offers up to 50% lower power than competing mid-range FPGAs. The M100PFS SoM integrates a hardened real-time, Linux-capable, RISC-V-based MPU subsystem on the mid-range PolarFire SoC-FPGA family, bringing low power consumption, thermal efficiency, and defence-grade security to embedded systems. Aries will provide evaluation platforms for both SoMs.

The RISC-V CPU microarchitecture implementation is a simple five-stage, single-issue, in-order pipeline that doesn’t suffer from the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities found in out-of-order machines.

Ivan Griffin, Director at Emdalo Technologies, added, “Our cooperation with Aries Embedded perfectly fits our focus on delivering excellent solutions in embedded systems, machine learning, AI, information security, and IIoT applications. We’re proud to provide intelligent software for Aries’ high-performance system-on-modules with PolarFire inside.”

Ireland-based Emdalo specialises in embedded firmware for different microprocessors and microcontrollers in ASICs and FPGAs for clients across North America, Ireland and the UK.

Aries Embedded provides hardware and software development and standard products for industrial and agricultural sectors. The German company focuses on FPGA technology and open-source software. Its portfolio comprises modular systems for flexible and fast use in functional prototypes, pilot series and mass production.


 

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