Open source MCU + eFPGA dev kit fits in USB port

February 10, 2021 // By Rich Pell
Open-source MCU + eFPGA dev kit fits in USB port
Semiconductor and IP solutions company QuickLogic has announced a tiny form factor open source Arm Cortex-M4F MCU + eFPGA combination that fits into a USB Type A port.

Optimized for the the company's Open Reconfigurable Computing (QORC) initiative, the Qomu development kit is supported by a wide variety of vendor-supported open source development tools, including Zephyr, FreeRTOS, SymbiFlow and Renode. The kit's broad support and tiny form factor, which fits in USB Type A ports found on almost every computer, enables portability and development anywhere, says the company.

"The Qomu dev kit is a milestone for the industry in many ways," says Mao Wang, senior director of marketing at QuickLogic. "It packs an incredible amount of functionality in the size of a USB port. More importantly, this open source dev kit was designed in close collaboration with one of the most respected designers in the open source community, Sean Cross."

The Qomu development kit contains the company's EOS S3 MCU + eFPGA SoC, which, says the company, enables an incredible amount of processing capability for such a tiny development kit. The MCU enables seamless software development while the embedded FPGA (eFPGA) can be used to accelerate or offload algorithms from the MCU, or to simply implement custom IP or provide glue logic.

While the kit can implement a wide range of functionality for a broad set of market segments, it is especially well-suited to edge IoT applications – especially those requiring ultra-low power consumption and artificial intelligence or machine learning capabilities. Open source development tools for the kit include SymbiFlow synthesis, place & route, and bitstream generation.

Many example applications and gateware are readily available for free. In addition to standard Verilog support with SymbiFlow, Qomu supports nMigen for a Python-to-FPGA design flow. Additional open source tools include Zephyr, FreeRTOS and Renode.

The Qomu development kit is available on an exclusive basis through Crowd Supply .

QuickLogic


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