FPGAs To Future-Proof Your Control PLD And Bridging Designs

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Lattice Semiconductor recently added two new FPGAs in its MachXO3 FPGA series targeting the server, communications, industrial and display markets. The new devices bring expanded I/O and logic support for control PLD applications, while an increased on-chip memory improves picture clarity for low cost video bridging in large monitor applications, says the company.

According to the announcement, “the new MachXO3L-9400 and MachXO3LF-9400 FPGA devices are ideally suited for control PLD and bridging, offering the smallest, lowest cost and instant-on programmable platform to enable the integration of critical functions demanded by today’s advanced processors and SoCs. The new products offer 35 percent increase in LUTs and 15 Per cent more I/Os, and continue to offer the lowest cost per I/O device.”

Up to 9400 LUTs and 384 I/Os integrate more capabilities into MachXO3 devices and simplify control PLD design and debug. The new MachXO3-9400 is the largest density member which delivers more I/Os and on-chip memory.

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The devices integrate support for improved security and reliability, with an ability to protect the designs from malicious attacks using password protection, and mitigate soft errors through the Soft Error Detection and Soft Error Correction features. The SED/SEC/SEI features enable recovery from a soft error event in milliseconds.

The FPGAs are ideal for high-resolution video applications and act as a bridge between multiple 4K sensors and displays. High-speed 900 Mbps I/Os can be used to implement MIPI D-PHY, CSI-2 or DSI interfaces.

An important feature of the devices is Hitless I/O which enables in-system hardware upgrade along with a switch over from its old configuration to the newly programmed configuration without interrupting the circuit board operation – a feature that is mandatory in high volume systems.

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The chips are available in amazingly small 2.50mm x 2.50mm WLCSP packages and BGA packages with 0.50 mm and 0.80mm pitch.

For more informaion, view the full Press release.

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