There are lots of great things about SmartFusion2 -- I'm particularly interested in anything to do with security and reliability (in the case of reliability I'm very interested in anything to do with regard to creating radiation tolerant designs).
But did you sport the one glaring omission between the original SmartFusion Mixed-Signal FPGAs/SoCs and the new SmartFusion2 offerings?
That's right -- in addition to the hard core ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller, the original devices sported both programmable analog and programmable digital fabric. By comparison, the SmartFusion2 devices contain the M3 core and programmable digital, but no programmable analog.
So now the only programmable device vendors left standing with analog capability are Cypress with their PSoC devices (hard processor core, interesting programmable analog, but limited CPLD-level programmable digital), Lattice with their power and platform-management devices, and Xilinx with the Agile Mixed-Signal (AMS) capabilities in their 7 Series 28nm FPGAs.
As we unveil EE Times’ 2015 Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. Panelists Dan Armbrust (investment firm Silicon Catalyst), Andrew Kau (venture capital firm Walden International), and Stan Boland (successful serial entrepreneur, former CEO of Neul, Icera) join in the live debate.