Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ: LSCC) introduced their new PCI Express development kit for its LatticeECP2M[tm] family of low cost 90nm FPGAs. Based on a new PCI Express x1/x4 evaluation board, the kit accelerates development of PCI Express designs using the LatticeECP2M family. The kit has been developed from the ground up to accelerate the evaluation of Lattice PCI Express technology, demonstrate a range of solutions matching typical application requirements and speed users to design exploration. The development kit is available now, with a list price of $895.00.
The new kit includes four key capabilities for quick evaluation and rapid, low cost PCI Express system design. First, the kit enables users to bring up running PCI Express hardware in thirty minutes or less. Second, various demo executables address control plane through data plane performance requirements. Third, source files for the demos are available that enable rebuilding designs up to a known good starting point. Finally, the kit enables a rapid transition to design exploration through the included software tools, IP enabled evaluation process and project source directories.
LatticeECP2M PCI Express Development Kit
- LatticeECP2M PCI Express x1/x4 Solutions Board
This board features a LatticeECP2M50 FPGA device, PCI Express x1 and x4 edge connectors, and other useful features that enable easy PCI Express evaluation.
- LatticeECP2M PCI Express Development Kit Documentation
Complete documentation including the development kit quick start guide and user’s guide, IP core user’s guide, solutions board user’s guide, and user’s guides for all demos, is included.
- PCI Express Basic Demo
The demo includes a simple GUI-based application along with an API and device drivers for use on any Windows or Linux-based PC with a compatible PCI Express slot. It enables typical PCIe card functionality in a PC, showing simple interaction between the demo running on the PC and the PCI Express IP core on the evaluation board.
- PCI Express Throughput Demo
This demo demonstrates and measures performance bandwidth between the PCI Express IP core and the LatticeECP2M SERDES, specifically measuring data rates for reads from PC memory and writes to PC memory.
- PCI Express Scatter-Gather DMA Demo #1 – Color Bar
The demo makes use of both the Lattice PCI Express and Scatter-Gather DMA IP cores. The demo transfers an color bar gradient image from the evaluation board memory to PC memory for display, showing simple block transfers graphically through the change in colors.
- PCI Express Scatter-Gather DMA Demo #2 – Image Transfer
This demo also makes use of the Lattice PCI Express and Scatter-Gather DMA IP cores. It shows the capability of the cores to perform large block transfers by transferring an image from the PC to the board and back to the demo application.
- ispLEVER Design Software
The development kit includes a 60-day license of the ispLEVER 7.1 SP1 software for both Windows and Linux platforms. ispLEVER is the design environment for all Lattice FPGAs. ispLEVER also includes the IPexpress software for configuration of custom IP designs (such as the PCI Express IP core). Upgrades to a permanent ispLEVER license are available separately.
- ispDOWNLOAD Cable
This is used to program the LatticeECP2M50 FPGA on the evaluation board.
More information: Lattice Semiconductor Development Kits