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FPGAs tout power, speed, size enhancements

Posted: 27 Jan 2012     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA  SERDES  DDR3 

Lattice Semiconductor Corp. reveals Low Power, High Speed, and Mini Package additions to its LatticeECP3 FPGA family targeting power and space limited applications in professional cameras, surveillance cameras, medical imaging, video communication, and small-form-factor wireline and wireless appliances.

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The LatticeECP3 FPGA family touts low power, high speed and compact form factor additions.

According to the company, the LatticeECP3 Low Power FPGAs consume on the average 30 per cent lower power compared to the standard devices and the High Speed FPGAs run 10 per cent faster. The new family additions also boast the industry's smallest FPGA with high-speed SERDES and DDR3 memory interface. The Mini FPGA with SERDES is said to be 66 per cent smaller than the standard LatticeECP3 device of the same logic capacity.

Low Power Mid-range FPGAs with SERDES and DDR3 Interface
The new Low Power devices consume 40 per cent lower static power compared to the standard LatticeECP3 devices. This results in up to 30 per cent lower total power consumption than the competing devices in the mid-range FPGA category. Lattice Semiconductor is offering Low Power versions for each member of the LatticeECP3 family. It includes Low Power versions for each existing speed grade (-6L, -7L, -8L) and for both 'Commercial' and 'Industrial' temperature grades. The LatticeECP3 Low Power devices are said to be the industry's lowest power mid-range FPGAs with high-quality 3.2G SERDES and high-speed DDR3 memory interface. They enable designers to take the flexibility of FPGAs to power-budget limited professional consumer, communication, and video applications.

Mini FPGA with SERDES for Compact Products
Lattice Semiconductor also touts the industry's tiniest FPGA with high-speed 3.2G SERDES and 800Mbps DDR3 memory interface. The 10mmx10mm device with 17K LUTs and 116 user input/output is 66 per cent smaller than the current LatticeECP3 FPGA of the same logic density. The Mini FPGA with SERDES is targeted at space-limited applications that need to process high-speed Video and Internet data. The LatticeECP3 Mini FPGAs are available in all three speed grades (-6, -7, -8), two power grades (Standard and Low-Power) and both temperature grades ('Commercial' and 'Industrial'). These "Mini" FPGAs are said to allow designers across industries to build size, weight, power, and cost (SWaP-C) constrained embedded systems.

High-speed Mid-range FPGAs for Complex Designs
The LatticeECP3 High Speed devices are 10 per cent faster than the current highest speed-grade (-8) LatticeECP3 FPGAs. The High Speed parts (-9) are available for the four members of the LatticeECP3 family (35K, 70K, 95K, and 150K LUT FPGAS) in both the 'Commercial' and 'Industrial' temperature grades. These high-speed devices will enable designers to route complex FPGA designs, where a specific application or critical path has a time dependent requirement that cannot be facilitated by the standard devices.

All new members of the LatticeECP3 FPGA family have been fully qualified and released to volume production. Prices for the LatticeECP3-17K Mini Device in 328csBGA package in 500K unit volumes start at Rs.252.55 ($4.95) for delivery in Q4 13.

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