Lattice Semiconductor introduced new power management solutions based on their Power Manager II devices. The solutions simplify and increase the reliability of power failure protection circuitry in Solid State Drives (SSD). The Lattice Power Manager II device simplifies and reduces the cost of power failure protection circuitry by integrating the charging and power switchover circuit of the hold-up capacitor. In the case of tantalum hold-up capacitor applications, it eliminates the need for a voltage boost converter.
Lattice Semiconductor released four new reference designs for their low cost, low power MachXO2 family of programmable logic devices (PLDs). Lattice’s entire portfolio of reference designs optimized for the MachXO2 family can be downloaded at no cost from the Lattice website. Five new demonstration designs and three updated application notes focused on the embedded, Flash memory-based EFB are also now available.
Xilinx introduced the Kintex-7 FPGA Embedded Kit. The Xilinx Kintex-7 Embedded Kit includes the components of the Kintex-7 KC705 Base Evaluation Kit plus all additional soft content that embedded system designers need to quickly design their high-performance embedded systems. This includes the embedded targeted reference design and relevant tools such as ISE Embedded Edition software. The Kintex-7 FPGA Embedded Kit is priced at $1895.
Maxim Integrated Products introduced a reference design that will protect Xilinx Spartan-6 field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). The reference design features security software (from Maxim or Xilinx) and the Maxim DS28E01-100 1-Wire secure memory device. Engineers can easily add a level of design security to products with the Maxim DS28E01-100 1-Wire secure memory device. In the future, the reference design will support Artix-7, Kintex-7, Virtex-7 and the Zynq-7000 FPGA devices.
Microsemi recently introduced a LCD display reference design for industrial and medical applications. The reference design is based on the SmartFusion customizable system-on-chip. The SmartFusion cSoC integrates FPGA technology with a hardened ARM Cortex-M3 processor and programmable analog blocks. The SmartFusion display reference design source files and user’s guide are available now.
Lattice Semiconductor introduced the Sony IMX136 image sensor bridge. The new image sensor bridge design utilizes the low power, low cost Lattice MachXO2 PLD (programmable logic device) to interface to the Sony IMX136 image sensor. The Sony IMX136 image sensor bridge design helps engineers to quickly introduce cameras based on the Sony IMX136. The image sensor bridge design is available now for download, and the MachXO2-1200 PLD is in full production.
Lattice Semiconductor and Aptina will showcase a low cost, dual image sensor design at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 10-13, 2012. The dual image sensor design helps ISP vendors to quickly offer multiple camera solutions for the consumer market. Lattice’s private hospitality meeting suite will be held in the Las Vegas Hilton, North Hall, 28th Floor, Suite 127.
Xilinx introduced reference designs and a development baseboard for speeding the development of next-generation, 3D and 4K2K display technologies. The 4K2K Mosaic and HDTV-to-4K2K up-converter targeted reference designs are based on the new 28nm Kintex-7 Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). The new ACDC (Acquisition, Contribution, Distribution and Consumption) 1.0 Baseboard also uses Kintex-7 FPGA devices. The targeted reference designs and ACDC 1.0 Baseboard with the Kintex-7 FPGA will be available in Q2 2012.
Valens Semiconductor introduced a HDBaseT camera reference design solution. The LatticeECP3 FPGA device can be used for multiplexing the video streams and formatting the data to the Valens HDBaseT Tx driver. The LatticeECP3 FPGA device has the necessary memory blocks, FPGA logic, SERDES and configurable I/O to implement a variety of applications. The LatticeECP3 FPGA gives manufacturers the flexibility to adapt and format interfaces to leverage the Valens HDBaseT bandwidth capability.
Xilinx has acquired Modelware, which is a provider of traffic management/packet processing silicon intellectual property (IP) cores and reference designs that simplify system development and enable greater differentiation for networking applications supporting 10G, 40G, 100G and beyond. Xilinx also announced a FPGA-based 100G traffic management reference design for speeding evaluation and implementation of high bandwidth packet processing applications.