PolarBerry – now with Power over Ethernet

RISC-V enabled SBC and SoM for highly secure, low power and thermally efficient embedded systems development

The new revision of the PolarBerry SOM will feature a new ordering option of Power over Ethernet! This feature will allow the already popular PolarBerry to be used in a larger range of embedded applications such as IP cameras, IP TV decoders, Industrial Control Systems, and point to point Microwave systems. Additionally, PoE will facilitate the use of the PolarBerry as a stand alone development platform for projects using both custom firmware and software in a familiar form factor.

• Based on Microchip’s PolarFire® SoC FPGAs, combining FPGA capabilities with a 64-bit, Linux capable multicore RISC-V processor

• Delivers an unparalleled combination of defence-grade security, low power consumption and thermal efficiency for smart, connected systems

• Ideally suited to defence/mil-aero, AI/ML, communications, automotive, industrial automation and imaging applications as well as the Internet of Things


  • SoC: Microsemi PolarFire FPGA MPFS250T-FCVG484
    • 5 x RISC-V cores in a deterministic, coherent cluster
      • 1 x RV64IMAC monitor core
      • 4 x RV64GC application cores
    • 254K x logic elements (4LUT + DFF)
    • 784 x math blocks (18 x 18 MACC)
    • 16 x SERDES lanes at 12.5 Gbps
    • 12 W maximum power consumption
    • Built-in oscillator for configuration, etc.
  • Security:
    • DPA-resistant bitstream programming
    • DPA-resistant secure boot
    • Anti-tamper
    • DPA-resistant crypto-coprocessor
    • CRI DPA countermeasures pass-through license
  • Memory: Micron MT40A1G16WBU-083E:B
    • 4 GB of 32-bit wide DDR4 memory
  • Storage:
    • 128 Mb SPI Serial NOR flash for storing boot image
    • 4 Gb eMMC for general use
  • Clock Sources:
    • 1 x 25 MHz XO with ±10 ppm stability over temperature, as reference
    • 4 x Silicon Labs SI5338A programmable clock sources, providing flexible clocking to FPGA and high-speed transceivers
  • Transceivers:
    • 4 x high-speed, low-power transceivers from 250 Mbps – 12.7 Gbps
  • Expansion Interfaces:
    • High-speed IO: 3 x high-speed Samtec connectors
      • Bank 1 IO from FPGA including ULPI
      • JTAG
      • SPI interface from FPGA
      • 100/1000BASE-T interface
    • Raspbery Pi connector: 40-pin (2 x 20) male headers with standard .1″ (2.54 mm) pitch
      • 1 x I²C from MSS part
      • 1 x UART from MSS part
      • 20 x GPIOs from PL part(can be assigned to SPI, UART, CAN or another interface from MSS)
      • 6 x GPIOs from MSS part
      • All RPI signals are 3.3 V logic
    • CAN: 6-pin (1 x 6) male headers with standard .1″ (2.54 mm) pitch
      • 2 x CAN 2.0 PHY
    • Ethernet: RJ45 connector
      • 100/1000BASE-T
  • Power: Intel EN63A0QA
    • Operates on 5 or 3.3 V input
    • Maximum power consumption of module is 16 W
  • Dimensions: 55 x 85 mm
  • Temperature range: -20°C to +65°C


PolarBerry utilizes the PolarFire FPGA fabic and RISC-V processors to provide high levels of security for real-time applications. It features advanced code and bitstream security and anti-tamper engines. These measures give PolarBerry previously unheard-of, defense-level security for an SBC/SoM.

PolarBerry offers all the important attributes for a strong SoC FPGA design security:

  • Bitstream protection
  • Key management
  • FPGA hardware access control
  • Anti-cloning protection
  • Device-level anti-tamper features
  • Supply chain assurance
  • Secure Boot
  • Physical Memory Protection (PMP)

Support & Documentation

Development Tools

SundanceDSP is part of the Microsemi Mi-V ecosystem, which brings together tools and vendors tailored for the PolarFire SoC, including:

The Microsemi Mi-V ecosystem brings together tools and vendors tailored for the PolarFire SoC, including:

Free Libero Silver License

Developing on the PolarBerry kit requires a Libero Silver license, which is free of charge and valid for one year. Once that license has expired, you will be able to generate a new license each year for free

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