With increasing market demands for highly efficient and reliable PV systems, designers are facing many challenges. SoC platforms help designers to deal with such challenges by reducing many of the board-level parasitics, allowing for more compact, low cost, low power solutions. Microsemi’s SmartFusion cSoC combines a flash FPGA core, a hard ARM Cortex-M3 processor and programmable analog to give integration of control, sensing and power management and communications functions into a single highly-efficient, low power device. All three components are programmable through the convenience of user friendly tools, enabling a rapid design cycle.