Future Electronics and Microsemi Introduce the Lowest Cost Board on the Market Using Microsemi's Latest FPGAs

Montreal, QC and Aliso Viejo, California - Future Electronics and Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) announced the Future-designed Creative Development Board, featuring Microsemi’s IGLOO™2 field programmable gate array (FPGA) or SmartFusion™2 system-on-a-chip (SoC) FPGA and Microsemi’s LX series power devices. The Future - Microsemi Creative Development Board boasts a 25k logic element (LE) FPGA, offering the lowest cost of entry for both software and hardware engineers who want to evaluate and implement their own unique designs.

The Future - Microsemi Creative Development Board features either an IGLOO2 or SmartFusion2 25k LE device, DDR2 and SPI flash memory, delta sigma ADC, USB and expansion connectors. The USB interface allows one to communicate, program and power the board. Users can add functionality via one of three expansion connectors: an Arduino connector, a MikroBUS click connector, or a PMOD connector. Microsemi’s LX7167 is an efficient power switcher that provides the board all the power necessary for a variety of applications. To further promote the capabilities of Microsemi FPGAs, Future Electronics is sponsoring hands-on design workshops in numerous cities across North America this fall.

“Future Electronics is excited to offer the Future - Microsemi Creative Development Board,” said Martin Bernier, Director of the Engineering Support Group for Future Electronics. “Microsemi has made significant progress with its Libero Development software and this board allows users to experience the capability of both its FPGAs and software at the lowest possible cost. We look forward to working with our customers on this highly capable board.” 

Microsemi’s IGLOO2 FPGAs and SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs are ideal to implement a wide array of functions, including PCIe Gen2 control plane, image processing, motor control, I/O expansion and bridging. They also address fundamental requirements for advanced security, high reliability and low power in industrial, military, aviation, communications and medical applications.

“We are thrilled to have a sub $50 development board that customers can utilize to see all the additional resources Microsemi has in our IGLOO2 and SmartFusion2 devices,” said Ted Marena, director of SoC marketing at Microsemi. “The Future - Microsemi Creative Development Board will be a showcase to demonstrate the rich feature set of our award-winning FPGAs and is an ideal platform for customers and the maker community to implement their own designs.”

The Future - Microsemi Creative Development Board retails for $49.95 and it is available in two versions for immediate delivery. Ordering numbers are: FUTUREM2GL-EVB (IGLOO2-based board) and FUTUREM2SF-EVB (SmartFusion2-based board).

About Future Electronics

Future Electronics is a global leader in electronics distribution, ranking 3rd in component sales worldwide, with an impressive reputation for developing comprehensive global supply chain solutions. Found in 1968 by Robert Miller, President, Future Electronics has established itself as one of the most innovative organizations in the industry today, with 5,000 employees in 169 offices in 44 countries around the world. Future Electronics is globally integrated, with one worldwide IT infrastructure providing real-time inventory availability and access, while enabling full integration of its operations, sales, and marketing worldwide. Offering the highest level of service, the most advanced engineering capabilities, and technical solutions through all stages of the design production cycle, and the largest available-to-sell inventory in the world, Future’s mission is always to Delight the Customer®. For more information about Future Electronics, visit www.FutureElectronics.com

About Microsemi

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for aerospace defense, communications, data center and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world’s standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; enterprise storage and communication solutions, security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, and has approximately 4,800 employees globally. Learn more at www.microsemi.com.

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