), an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of a broad range of
high-reliability and analog/mixed signal integrated circuits,
announced the launch of SmartFusion 2 Starter Kit, a platform for
its SmartFusion2 system-on-chip (SoC) field programmable gate
Field programmable gate arrays are semiconductor devices that
allow programming/reprogramming even after the device has been
installed. This flexibility makes the devices more expensive
relative to regular programmable logic devices (PLDs), so their
use is relatively restricted.
Systems 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 starter kit comes with a USB and a WiFi adapter, so users
can access a SmartFusion2 device via any smartphone web browser
or other wireless device.
Microsemi's SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA is designed for challenging
and critical operations in industrial, defense, aviation,
communications and medical applications where accurate, reliable
and flawless results are vital. Microsemi has developed its next
generation SoC FPGA to meet the requirements of industry
manufacturers, which include security, power efficiency and speed
at the lowest possible cost for each application.
The FPGA market is witnessing growth, as it is proving useful
in wireless communications. Further, the vendors are adopting
this technology for complex designs. According to a report by
TechNavio, the global FPGA market will grow at a compound annual
growth rate (CAGR) of 10.4% from 2011 to 2015, driven by the
growing demand for customizable integrated circuits (ICs).
Therefore, Microsemi's new products could do quite well.
Microsemi's revenue in the first quarter of 2013 was $247.6
million, down 5.9% sequentially but up 2.8% year over year.
The defense, aerospace and medical markets largely consume
Microsemi's high reliability chips, while the other markets use
its analog/mixed signal products.
Microsemi has a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell). However, not all
semiconductor companies are in the doldrums. A few that are
currently doing well include
MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp.
Silicon Laboratories Inc.
Microchip Technology Inc (
. While MagnaChip and Silicon carry a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy),
Microchip carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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