Ultra-Low Density FPGAs: Always-On Sensor Integration
New iCE40 FPGAs, slashing power consumption 100x and so small they can fit almost anywhere to make always-on sensor integration a reality
HILLSBORO, OR October 22, 2013 - Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced new ultra-low-density iCE40™ FPGAs, delivering the world’s most flexible, single-chip sensor solutions for making a new generation of context-aware, ultra-low power mobile devices possible. The new additions to the iCE40 FPGA family allow customers to integrate more functions into a smaller space. In packages as small as 1.4mm x 1.48mm x 0.45mm, they are small enough and affordable enough to fit almost anywhere, reducing board space and system complexity.
With hard IP for strobe generators, I2C and SPI interfaces, the new iCE40LM FPGAs deliver near-zero latency to the mobile market, enabling context-aware systems with the real-time capturing of user and environmental inputs with minimal delay or error. This gives designers a platform for their mobile products to deliver media-rich experiences based on movement, travel direction, location and other interactions with the environment.
The small size of the new iCE40 FPGAs enables integration of advanced functions such as IrDA, barcode emulation, service LED, and more in a single chip with available logic for additional customer defined functions. Moreover, Lattice has demonstrated that the iCE40LM FPGA solution can reduce power consumption by100x over traditional application processor-only implementations, thus increasing battery life to bring more value to the end user.
“The combination of ultra-low active power and the world’s smallest sensor management solution enables a completely new class of intelligent devices that know where they are and what they are doing,” said Joy Wrigley, senior product line manager for Lattice’s Ultra-Low Density Families. “We’re investing in packaging technologies that integrate more function and shrink system size, allowing OEMs to affordably integrate a greater variety and number of sensors into their mobile systems. Context awareness is truly a game changer in the mobile industry and iCE40LM sensor solutions enable designers to access this differentiation immediately.”
The new iCE40LM FPGAs give mobile device system architects the ability to add and/or customize sensor management functions and capabilities using a single, simple platform that can be implemented across different designs. The new additions include the iCE40LM 4K, iCE40LM 2K, iCE40LM 1K FPGAs and consume very little power, under 1 mW in active mode.
Meanwhile, the iCE40LP FPGA product line is being expanded through the addition of a new 16-ball WLCSP (wafer-level chip-scale) package for both the iCE40LP 640 FPGA and iCE40LP 1K FPGA to further drive down the footprint of the iCE40 family. Critical for ‘the internet of things’ and ‘always-on’ applications, the new additions to the iCE40 family are tiny, measuring just 1.4mm x 1.48mm x 0.45 on an advanced 0.35mm ball pitch packaging.
For more specific product details, visit www.latticesemi.com/iCE40.
Sensor Technology IP Solutions
In addition to making iCE40LM FPGA sensor-based reference designs available, Lattice is teaming up with key sensor technology IP providers to ensure designers have complete solutions for implementing the right algorithms in their designs. Some of the examples of the key IP in support of the iCE40 FPGA family include barcode emulation solutions making use of LEDs, universal remote control solutions using IR (infrared) LEDs, and sensor technologies to interpret a user’s movements and situations and infer the user’s intentions. For more information, please visitwww.latticesemi.com/iCE40.
Design and Development Support
All iCE40 devices are supported by the company’s iCEcube2™ design software (release 2013-08) and Lattice Diamond® Programmer v3.0. Designed to offer a highly-productive, integrated development environment for the mobile designer and optimized for Lattice’s iCE40 FPGA architecture, the easy-to-use iCEcube2 software is a world class design flow for the mobile designer. The Lattice Diamond Programmer is compatible with iCEcube2 software and enables device programming for Lattice devices, simplifying the most common steps, including: setting up device information (cable, port etc); selecting the programming data file to use; and programming single or multiple devices.
Pricing and Availability
The new devices are in production and available through Lattice’s distribution partners. Prices start at under US $1 dollar in high volume quantities. For specific details on where to buy, please go to www.latticesemi.com/iCE40 today.
About Lattice Semiconductor
Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ: LSCC) is the World’s leading provider of ultra-low-power programmable IC solutions for makers of smartphones, mobile handheld devices, small-cell networking equipment, industrial control, automotive infotainment, and much more. With more than 1 billion units sold over the past 10 years, Lattice ships more FPGAs, CPLDs and Power Management solutions than any other programmable solutions vendor. For more information, visit www.latticesemi.com. You can also follow us via Twitter, Facebook, or RSS.
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