FPGA Reference Design For Machine Learning


Lattice Semiconductor has launched new reference designs based on its iCE40 UltraPlus FPGA devices to address machine learning and sensor-to-cloud security solutions for intelligence at the edge.

iCE40 UltraPlus reference design accelerates innovation in smartphones, wearables, drones, 360 cameras, human-machine interfaces (HMIs), industrial automation and IoT security

The reference designs support LoRa communication, ECC security, signal aggregation, machine learning & graphics acceleration.

Key applications for the new reference designs include:

  • Machine Learning / On-device Artificial Intelligence – Employs trained neural network algorithms for always-on, low power human face detection using a low resolution image sensor
  • Graphics Acceleration – Supports always on graphics such as clocks in mobile and wearable device displays at ultra-low power, while the application processor is dormant
  • ECC Security – Encrypts sensor data before transmission to the Cloud or setup an authenticated communications protocol between two systems
  • LoRa – Controls a LoRa compatible radio to send processed sensor data miles away

“The new iCE40 UltraPlus solutions underscore our commitment to continuously provide our customers with updated resources for designing solutions for new markets quickly,” said C.H. Chee, senior director of marketing at Lattice Semiconductor. “With improved DSP performance, flexible I/Os and increased memory for buffering, the iCE40 UltraPlus brings added intelligence to smartphones and IoT Edge products, and security to the Cloud.”

The iCE40 UltraPlus is a highly energy-efficient computing solution for sensor stitching and repetitive number crunching, making it ideal for offloading power hungry application processors in battery-powered devices. The iCE40 UltraPlus is claimed to deliver eight times more memory (1.1 Mbit RAM), twice the digital signal processors (8x DSPs), and improved I/Os over previous iCE40 Ultra solutions.

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“The FPGAs used in the design feature small form factor, low cost and low power and offer enhanced memory and more DSPs to improve system performance and extend battery life”, stated the firm..

For more information about iCE40 UltraPlus IP solutions and reference designs, click here.

To view the full Press release, click here




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