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FPGA kit simplifies evaluation for bridging & I/O expansion

21st January 2015
Barney Scott

To allow easy evaluation and design for its family of MachXO3L instant-on, non-volatile FPGAs, Lattice Semiconductor has released the MachXO3L Starter Kit. Product developers can immediately deploy programmable bridging and I/O expansion with breakthrough I/O density, at Lattice's lowest cost per I/O offering.

Lattice’s next-gen, small form factor FPGA family can provide essential bridging and I/O expansion functions needed to accommodate the increasing connectivity requirements of mobile-influenced applications in the communications, computing, consumer and industrial markets. The Starter Kit enables designers to evaluate and demonstrate LED drive, SPI, I2C, CMOS I/O, programming via JTAG or I2C, dual-boot operation using SPI Flash and other capabilities.

The MachXO3L Starter Kit consists of reference designs pre-loaded onto a LCMXO3L-6900C-5BG256C device for demonstration and easy bring-up of the embedded I2C and SPI controllers as well as the oscillator and programmable I/O used for LED drive. The kit also includes a USB connector for power and programming, LEDs, prototyping area and an expansion header landing for SPI, I2C and JTAG, supported by 3.3 and 1.2V supply rails.

The MachXO3L device featured on the board is supported by Lattice Diamond development tools, available for download on Lattice's website.

“The low cost MachXO3L Starter Kit gives customers an affordable tool to evaluate most of the MachXO3L device’s basic functions - a good way for anyone to start evaluating our MachXO3L non-volatile FPGAs,” said Abul Nuruzzaman, MachXO Product Line Manager, Lattice Semiconductor.

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