FireAnt: An Efinix-Based FPGA Dev Board That’s Breadboard Friendly

DeFireAnt: An Efinix-Based FPGA Dev Board That’s Breadboard Friendly

A new FPGA board has been spotted on Crowd Supply that looks to launch in the coming weeks and is touted as being the first Efinix authorized third-party development board for makers and hardware designers. The FireAnt is thumb-sized, breadboard-friendly, and packs Efinix’s Trion T8 FPGA, which is built on SMIC’s 40LL process, giving it a logic density range of 7384 LEs (Logic Elements).

The FireAnt development board features an Efinix Trion T8 FPGA with 7384 LE counts, eight embedded multipliers, and a low-power oscillator.

“The breadboard-friendly design allows for fast application deployment with sensors, peripherals, or other interfaces. It’s the perfect solution for manufacturers to create their projects or digital design students to learn FPGA development using the new Efinix platform quickly. The power/performance/size advantages of the Trion T8 FPGA also make it ideal for embedded AI.”

As mentioned earlier, the FireAnt is loaded with Efinix’s T8 FPGA with 7384 Les, eight embedded multipliers, a PLL, 128Kb of RAM, and a 33.333MHz crystal oscillator. There’s also an FTDI FT232HQ UART/FIFO IC chip, Winbond W25Q80DV Serial NOR Flash, a 3.3V LDO Regulator, 35 GPIOs, six LEDs (four user configurable), JTAG, USB 2.0 port, and three buttons.

The FireAnt development board packs an FTDI FT232HQ UART/FIFO IC, Winbond W25Q80DV Serial NOR Flash, 3.3V LDO Regulator, and more.

On the software side, the FireAnt can be programmed via the Efinity IDE, which can be used with Efinix Trion series of FPGAs. The platform offers a complete tool package for the entire RTL development process — including synthesis, PNR (Place-and-Route), timing analysis, and bitstream generation. It also comes packed with a command-line interface and Tcl command console.

There’s no word yet on pricing, or when the FireAnt will launch; however, those interested can sign up on the board’s crowdfunding page for updated information.

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Original article: FireAnt: An Efinix-Based FPGA Dev Board That’s Breadboard Friendly
Author: Cabe Atwell