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Microsemi Announces a New Ethernet Development

April 13, 2017

Ethernet operations don't run very well without the proper infrastructure to support them. That means some very powerful hardware has to go into these operations in order for the system to deliver to its fullest. Microsemi recently announced one of its latest offerings, the Libero system-on-a-chip (SoC) version 11.8, a system that would offer a variety of tools under one handy umbrella.

Libero, the name for the new SoC, is seeing its newest version, v11.8, and with it comes a slate of new design tools geared toward the field programmable gate array (FPGA) user. The biggest changes here focus around the new tools involved, ranging from mixed language simulations to brand-new debugging capabilities said to be some of the best around, improving Ethernet use for all.

The mixed language operations come, at least in part, from the Mentor Graphics ModelSim Simulator. This tool allows for hardware description language (HDL) code to be gone over line by line, and allows users to more readily spot issues therein. Further, a simple graphical user interface (GUI) allows for easy debugging of problems that appear, making systems that it's used to develop with run much better overall.

A variety of users are turning to these tools; reports note that FPGA users ranging from the aerospace and defense industries to the data center and automotive markets are all turning to these designs to help improve output and make for better quality systems.

All that is downright spectacular, but it gets better; Microsemi is even making it easier for users to try these systems out in current operations by offering a new evaluation license. Those with such a license will be able to try out not only the SoC FPGA systems, but also the flash-based FPGA operations, giving a lot of users access to the various systems available.

Essentially, users are not only being offered a much more powerful new system with a lot of great tools, but also, said users are being offered the ability to try these tools out firsthand. There's no greater selling mechanism than a first-hand demonstration—particularly if the potential buyer can operate the demonstration him- or herself—because this shows absolutely how a system will behave in the real world. A sales rep can tell a potential buyer whatever is needed, but a demonstration sells product.

With so much value at hand, Microsemi's Libero system is likely to catch a lot of Ethernet developers' attention, and pull in plenty of sales. Many of these will likely be driven by that terrific demo package, and Microsemi might well be putting on a clinic as to how to get sales accomplished in tighter economic circumstances.

Edited by Alicia Young

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