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FPGAs from Lattice target automotive apps

Posted: 02 Jul 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Lattice Semiconductor  AEC-Q100  LatticeECP3  FPGA  SERDES 

Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has unleashed the AEC-Q100-certified "Lattice Automotive (LA)" devices as the latest addition to its LatticeECP3 FPGA family. According to the company, the six devices leverage Lattice's expertise in low power, small size and cost optimized FPGAs to deliver programmable technology that can be used for all classes of automobile as well as automotive aftermarket products.

The compact automotive qualified LA-LatticeECP3 FPGA family claims to offer a versatile programmable platform that includes SERDES. The power optimized SERDES uses half of the power of comparable multi-protocol SERDES, noted Lattice. The devices also includes powerful digital-signal processing, high-density on-chip memory, programmable DDR3 memory interfaces and offers up to 35K look-up tables (LUTS). Moreover, the LatticeECP3 family includes up to six banks of configurable I/O and four 3Gb/s SERDES to efficiently link automotive based networks, components and technologies, added the company.

The LA-LatticeECP3 Automotive FPGA family allows designers to implement optimized driver assistance systems such as the replacement of side mirrors with high resolution camera systems. Lattice provides its HDR-60 Video Camera Development Kit so engineers can easily develop solutions in areas such as collision avoidance, driver assistance, infotainment and telematics. In addition to providing increased safety the elimination of mirrors improves automobile aerodynamics to dramatically increase fuel efficiency, the firm stated.

The range of solutions now possible using the LA-LatticeECP3 FPGA family also includes cost effectively extending the number of sensors throughout the automobile by enabling power efficient pre-processing for a distributed system. These devices also enable advanced cloud based, high resolution infotainment systems and in-cabin integration of mobile devices such as smartphones that can be deployed throughout all classes of vehicles.

Optimized for the company's architecture, Lattice Diamond v.2.2 software boasts leading-edge design and implementation tools optimized to allow automotive electronic designers meet their power, size and cost goals.

The HDR-60 development kit allows designers to quickly prototype camera systems using a choice of image sensors and various combinations of camera technologies. The development kit also makes it easy to optimize image-processing code, use Ethernet or HDMI interfaces to display images, drive lenses, or add daughter boards.

Lattice is offering 17K LUT and 35K LUT-capacity versions of LA-LatticeECP3 FPGAs in BGA packages ranging from 256 balls to 484 balls. Devices are qualified for immediate production. The LA-LatticeECP3-17 device is available in a 10 x 10mm 328-ball csBGA for Rs.325.54 ($5.99) each in 50Kunit quantities.





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