Lattice Showcase FPGA Design Solutions for Consumer and Mobile Devices at CES

Lattice Semiconductor will host a private meeting suite at the Consumer Electronics Show January 8-11 in Las Vegas. At CES, Lattice will demonstrate several new FPGA-based design solutions for consumer and mobile devices. According to Lattice, the company is enabling continuous mobile innovation with the lowest power, smallest form factor FPGAs available for mobile and consumer product design. Lattice will be in suite 2980 in the East Tower, Las Vegas Hotel.

In the Lattice suite, designers will have the opportunity to speak directly with Lattice senior executives and technical specialists about their own design requirements, in addition to viewing demonstrations of design solutions that leverage Lattice’s broad portfolio of ultra-low density FPGA devices.

Lattice CES Demonstrations

  • MIPI CSI-2 image sensor bridge solution that enables low cost, high quality image sensors to be used in applications such as home security cameras
  • Smart sensor hub design that manages sensor traffic, minimizing the application processor workload
  • Conversion algorithm that converts standard 2D video to simulated 3D video without the need for glasses
  • Image sensor extender for remotely locating a camera up to 10 meters from an ISP — ideal for adding a camera on top of a large screen TV

Excerpt from the Lattice Semiconductor press release:

The relentless demand to design consumer and mobile products with new and differentiating features produces very short product development cycles, and the pressure to meet these schedules leads to more reliance on standard chips — i.e. fully loaded application processors. But this creates a dilemma: application processor chipsets take two to three years to develop, which means that any device available today was defined two or three years ago — and that, given the breakneck pace of consumer demand, is an eternity.

So, what is the designer of consumer and mobile products to do? In order to meet unforgiving schedules, readily available chipsets must be used. But yesterday’s application processors often fail to meet today’s market demands.

One approach would be to use an FPGA as a “companion” to the application processor, enabling designers to respond to contemporary consumer demand without waiting years for new chipsets. But, until recently, this was not an option. FPGAs were simply too big, too expensive and too power-hungry for use in consumer devices.

Now, however, ultra-low density FPGAs like the Lattice MachXO2 and iCE40 devices are specifically targeted at the needs of small, inexpensive, power-sensitive consumer devices. This new breed of FPGA can be used to supplement an application processor and enable designers to pursue continuous “mobile innovation.”

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