), an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of a broad range of
high-reliability and analog/mixed signal integrated circuits, has
introduced a new design tool, System Builder, in support of the
SmartFusion2 SoC field programmable gate array (FPGA) device
System Builder is a powerful new design tool within the Libero
System-on-Chip (SoC) Design Environment version 11.0, which helps
design engineers to configure and interconnect the ARM processor
and its related peripherals implemented in the FPGA devices. The
tool has been created to simplify the design process for
Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs in embedded system
FPGAs are semiconductor devices that allow
programming/reprogramming even after the device has been
installed. This flexibility makes the devices more expensive
compared to regular programmable logic devices (PLDs), so their
use is relatively restricted.
System on Chips or SOCs are integrated circuits that
incorporate programmable logic, temperature or power sensing and
management plus communication functions into a single, low-power
The new tool has few IP functions available within its System
Builder, which can easily be used to create specific SoCsto be
used in a wide range of applications such as flight data
recorders, weapons systems, defibrillators, handheld radios,
communications management systems and industrial motor control.
Additionally, the tool can configure a growing set of IP blocks
for high-performance interfaces and serial interfaces using 5Gbps
SERDES for PCIe, XAUI (10 GbE) and SGMII.
Since the introduction of SmartFusion2 in October last year,
the device has been widely accepted by customers in the
communications, industrial and defense markets where accurate,
reliable and flawless results are vital. Therefore, the System
Builder enhancement tool will shorten the time to design complex
SoC FPGAs, which should increase adoption.
Demand for FPGAs are increasing since they allow increased
flexibility when creating designs and enable electronic device
manufacturing companies to minimize their research and
development (R&D) costs. This can prove to be a long-term
growth driver for Microsemi.
Microsemi's revenues in the second quarter of fiscal 2013 were
$235.3 million, down 5.0% sequentially and 5.6% year over year.
However, adjusted earnings per share came in at 32 cents, beating
the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2 cents or 6.7%.
Microsemi has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Other stocks that have
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