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First radiation-tolerant system-on-chip (SOC) based on RISC-V FPGA

Microchip has introduced the radiation-tolerant (RT) system-on-chip (SoC) PolarFire FPGA for space applications.

PolarFire is a family of reusable, medium logic-capacity FPGAs with the industry's lowest power consumption.

The PolarFire SoC is the industry's first RISC-V-based embedded microprocessor subsystem (MSS) with real-time Linux support on the flight-proven, radiation-tolerant PolarFire FPGA fabric. Unlike SRAM-based alternatives, these devices offer low power consumption and no embedded system configuration failures. These devices are supported by Microchip's extensive Mi-V ecosystem for developing a RISC-V-based solution stack.

The RT PolarFire FPGA has already been listed on the Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) Class Q, based on specific performance and quality requirements as mandated by the Defense Logistics Agency. In addition, this device has a good chance of qualifying for QML Class V, the highest qualification standard for space microelectronics.