Three new devices extend the power efficency, package size, and performance of the popular LatticeECP3 FPGA family

24th January 2012
Written by : Eleanor Burns

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation today announced the immediate availability of Low Power, High Speed, and Mini Package additions to the highly successful LatticeECP3 FPGA family. The new value added devices are ideal for power and space limited applications in professional cameras, surveillance cameras, medical imaging, video communication, and small-form-factor wireline and wireless appliances.

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

The new low power, high speed, and small form-factor devices expand the range and depth of our popular LatticeECP3 FPGA family for a variety of professional consumer and communication applications”, said Shakeel Peera, Director of Silicon/Solutions Marketing at Lattice Semiconductor. “They allow our customers to build emerging class of compact products capable of cost-effectively handling high-speed Video and Internet data.”

Low Power Mid-range FPGAs with SERDES and DDR3 Interface
The new Low Power devices consume 40% lower static power compared to the standard LatticeECP3 devices. This results in up to 30% 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 the industry’s lowest power mid-range FPGAs with high-quality 3.2G SERDES and high-speed DDR3 memory interface. They empower designers to take the flexibility of FPGAs to power-budget limited professional consumer, communication, and video applications.

Industry’s Smallest FPGA with SERDES for Compact Products
Lattice Semiconductor is also announcing industry’s tiniest FPGA with high-speed 3.2 G SERDES and 800 Mbps DDR3 memory interface. The 10mmx10mm device with 17K LUTs and 116 user input/output is 66% smaller than the current LatticeECP3 FPGA of the same logic density. The Mini FPGA with SERDES is ideal for 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 will 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% 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.

For more information about the new Low Power, High Speed, and Mini Package members of the LatticeECP3 FPGA family.

Availability
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 $4.95 for delivery in Q4-2013.


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