FPGA-based board enables smart connectivity for IoT applications

4th November 2015
Posted By : Jordan Mulcare
FPGA-based board enables smart connectivity for IoT applications

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation and Mikroprojekt have announced availability of a ECP5-based development platform to accelerate system design of communications and industrial applications at the network edge, including HetNet small cells, industrial IoT gateways and IP cameras. Mikroprojekt’s Kondor AX development platform features Lattice’s ECP5 device, a low power, small form factor FPGA with flexible interface connectivity.

The ECP5 device also features high-performance DSP for image filtering and data analytics and a versatile discrete CPU with Linux OS support for system control. The ECP5 FPGA supports many popular interface standards, including CPRI, JESD204B and PCI Express. To facilitate connecting the platform to networks, displays and other peripherals, the platform features several standard interfaces like HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, USB OTG, FMC, SFP, LVDS and GPIO. The development platform also bundles a Linux-based operating system with a large existing base of applications and software libraries.

“There is a growing need for smart connectivity and computing at the network edge, from HetNet small cells, microservers and millimeter wave backhaul applications in communications, to IP video surveillance cameras, HMI displays and IoT gateways in the industrial market. System designers of such applications are typically challenged with stringent power consumption, form factor, and cost requirements,” said Deepak Boppana, Director, Product Marketing, Lattice Semiconductor. “The Kondor AX development platform featuring Lattice’s low power, small form factor ECP5 FPGA enables designers to easily implement programmable connectivity and compute acceleration in these applications.”

“We are excited to partner with Lattice to deliver an advanced development platform that meets connectivity requirements for emerging applications such as HetNet and IoT,” said Damir Jezic, Managing Director, Mikroprojekt. “By combining Lattice’s robust ECP5 FPGA with support for a broad set of external interfaces, the Kondor AX platform will enable our customers to accelerate their network edge system design.”

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