For the last couple of years, I've been stopping by the Actel (now Microsemi) booth at trade shows to ask if they had any plans for a mil-temp version of their SmartFusion chips - the ones with the nice Cortex-M3-based MCU with canonical peripherals sharing a die with a chunk of FPGA and some other goodies.
Well! I got an e-mail today announcing that they'd gone and done it!
'Course, at this point I don't have anything in the pipeline that requires such a thing, but it's nice to know it's available, so when a requirement does come along - and it will - for an extreme-environment, subcompact, super-smart toaster controller, there's a chip I can use.
And that's maybe an excuse to dust off the SmartFusion eval kit that's been sitting idle these past couple of years. Well... when I have some free time again. I need to learn how that thing and its development environment work, so that once AGROS is up on the Cortex-M platform, I can write a few device drivers for the SF platform and be ready to go when the opportunity arises.
And, even in the non-extreme space, I've thought of a couple of good uses for the SF chips, just waiting for me to do something about them.