Arrow Electronics and Microsemi Announce New, Arrow-Built SF2+ Development Kit

Professional-Grade Board Designed and Built with Top Chipmaker Microsemi

CENTENNIAL, Colo. & ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — December 21, 2015 — Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) and Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) today announced the latest addition to Arrow’s growing portfolio of development tools: the Arrow-built SF2+ Development Kit, featuring Microsemi’s SmartFusion2 system-on-a-chip (SoC) field-programmable gate array (FPGA), Microsemi’s Timberwolf audio processor and Microsemi’s LX series power devices. The SF2+ Development Kit is ideal for both software and hardware engineers looking to jumpstart next-level integrated designs.

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“The SF2+ is a full-feature hardware development kit that enables software and hardware engineers to reduce not only the area of their board, but also the cost and complexity of working with multiple sensors and interfaces,” said Chakib Loucif, vice president of engineering at Arrow Electronics. “The SF2+ kit is a great addition to Arrow’s growing portfolio of development tools.”

Arrow collaborated with top semiconductor and system solutions provider Microsemi to design and build the SF2+. Microsemi’s SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs are ideal for implementing a wide array of functions like PCIe Gen2 control plane, image processing, I/O expansion and bridging. They also address fundamental requirements for advanced security, high reliability and low power in industrial, military, aviation, communications and medical applications. Additionally, SmartFusion2 devices integrate an inherently reliable flash-based FPGA fabric, a 166 MHz ARM® CortexTM-M3 processor, advanced security processing accelerators, DSP blocks, SRAM, eNVM and industry-required high performance serial communication interfaces—all on a single chip.

“Customers appreciate that Microsemi has produced the fullest featured low-density FPGA family on the market,” said Ted Marena, director of SoC marketing at Microsemi. “The SF2+ Development Kit is an excellent platform for customers to begin the implementation of their own design.”

The Microsemi Timberwolf audio processor is ideal for today’s growing need of low-power, hands-free communications in security camera, communications and connected home applications. The field upgradable firmware enables far field microphone, beam forming, sound location estimation, Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), noise reduction and a variety of other voice enhancements to deliver clear voice quality in harsh environments.

Microsemi’s LX7186A, an efficient switching regulator, and its LX8213, a low-power, fast-responding LDO, provide the SF2+ Development Kit with all of the power necessary for a variety of applications.

The SF2+ Development Kit also features Emcraft Systems’ SmartFusion2 system-on-module (SOM), along with Micron memory and Samtec connectors to help evaluate Microsemi’s Timberwolf audio processor and an array of Adruino compatible shields.

Arrow is hosting a series of workshops in 2016 to demonstrate how to optimize design performance and accelerate development time with the SF2+. Attendees will receive in-depth technical training on the SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA and step-by-step instructions on design techniques and board use. The $75 registration fee includes one SF2+ Development Kit and two ST Micro X-NUCLEO boards: the ST Micro MEMS and environmental sensor evaluation board and the ST Micro Bluetooth Low Energy evaluation board. Workshops launch in North America on January 12, 2016. For more information and to register, please visit

About Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics ( is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 100,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 460 locations in 56 countries.

About Microsemi

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC) offers a comprehensive portfolio of semiconductor and system solutions for communications, defense & security, aerospace and industrial markets. Products include high-performance and radiation-hardened analog mixed-signal integrated circuits, FPGAs, SoCs and ASICs; power management products; timing and synchronization devices and precise time solutions, setting the world's standard for time; voice processing devices; RF solutions; discrete components; security technologies and scalable anti-tamper products; Ethernet solutions; Power-over-Ethernet ICs and midspans; as well as custom design capabilities and services. Microsemi is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and has approximately 3,600 employees globally. Learn more at

Microsemi and the Microsemi logo are registered trademarks or service marks of Microsemi Corporation and/or its affiliates. Third-party trademarks and service marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Any statements set forth in this news release that are not entirely historical and factual in nature, including without limitation statements related to the latest addition to Arrow’s growing portfolio of development tools: the Arrow-built SF2+ Development Kit, featuring Microsemi’s SmartFusion2 SoC FPGA, Microsemi’s Timberwolf audio processor and Microsemi’s LX series power devices, and its potential effects on future business, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations and are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, such factors as rapidly changing technology and product obsolescence, potential cost increases, variations in customer order preferences, weakness or competitive pricing environment of the marketplace, uncertain demand for and acceptance of the company's products, adverse circumstances in any of our end markets, results of in-process or planned development or marketing and promotional campaigns, difficulties foreseeing future demand, potential non-realization of expected orders or non-realization of backlog, product returns, product liability, and other potential unexpected business and economic conditions or adverse changes in current or expected industry conditions, difficulties and costs of protecting patents and other proprietary rights, inventory obsolescence and difficulties regarding customer qualification of products. In addition to these factors and any other factors mentioned elsewhere in this news release, the reader should refer as well to the factors, uncertainties or risks identified in the company's most recent Form 10-K and all subsequent Form 10-Q reports filed by Microsemi with the SEC. Additional risk factors may be identified from time to time in Microsemi's future filings. The forward-looking statements included in this release speak only as of the date hereof, and Microsemi does not undertake any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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