Lattice to Showcase Automotive Programmable Logic Devices at Convergence

Lattice Semiconductor (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced that it will demonstrate multiple automotive design solutions at Convergence 2006, October 16-18, in Booth 1034 at Detroit’s Cobo Hall. The demonstrations will showcase the “Lattice Automotive” programmable logic devices that have been characterized and qualified to meet the certification requirements of the AEC-Q100 standard as defined by the Automotive Electronics Council (AEC). Lattice also will feature several new products, including FPGAs, CPLDs, embedded microprocessors, mixed-signal power management devices and software design tools, which target specific automotive design applications.

“Lattice has provided both commercial and industrial programmable logic products to the automotive industry for many years, and our programmable devices are used in many applications, ranging from Video Camera Systems and Occupant Safety to Telematics and Digital Radio,” said Stan Kopec, corporate vice president of marketing. “Our AEC-Q100 certified Lattice Automotive products, our initiative to certify our quality systems consistent with ISO/TS-16949 and our robust product portfolio of silicon, software, IP and embedded processors are tangible examples of our corporate “More of the Best” mission to serve our customers in the automotive industry,” Kopec concluded.

A Broad Range of Products and Demonstrations for Automotive Design
Lattice will showcase its automotive design products and applications in four demonstrations:

The LatticeECP2(TM) FPGA family’s I/O support for 7:1 LVDS and Camera Link interfaces
This demonstration focuses on a reference design for an LVDS video interface, and the benefits of designing video controllers and interfaces with the LatticeECP2 low cost 90nm FPGA family. Video output from a camera is converted to LVDS signals and transmitted directly into the LatticeECP2 device. A video processing logic block inside the FPGA allows modification of the 3 color signals, and the output is sent to an LCD display using LVDS signals.

The LatticeMico32(TM) 32-bit soft processor running on a LatticeECP(TM) FPGA evaluation board
This demonstration will show the LatticeMico32 Open Source soft processor reference design, running within a LatticeECP FPGA, providing the performance and flexibility suitable for the automotive market. Using a RISC architecture, the processor core consumes minimal device resources (a mere 2000 Look-Up Tables, or LUTS)), yet delivers the performance required for a broad set of automotive applications.

The LatticeMico8(TM) 8-bit soft processor running on a non-volatile Lattice MachXO(TM) evaluation board
The LatticeMico8 IP core is an 8-bit microcontroller optimized for Lattice FPGAs and Crossover Programmable Logic Device architectures. The demonstration will use the smallest LatticeMico8 configuration (under 200 LUTS) operating within a Lattice MachXO Crossover PLD device. Combining a full 18-bit wide instruction set with 32 General Purpose registers, the LatticeMico8 core is a flexible Verilog reference design.

The ispPAC-POWR1014A Power Manager evaluation board
This demonstration shows how to use the PAC-Designer(R) software design tools with the ispPAC-POWR1014A device to generate a power supply start-up sequence and output control system. The ispPAC-POWR1014A device is a member of Lattice’s ispPAC(R) Power Manager II family. It is a general-purpose power-supply monitor and sequence controller, incorporating both in-system programmable logic and in-system programmable analog functions implemented in non-volatile E2CMOS(R) technology. The ispPAC-POWR1014A device integrates many automotive power management functions that typically require multiple ICs, lowering cost and improving reliability.

About Convergence
For over 30 years, the Convergence Conference and Exhibition has served the automotive and transportation electronics community by delivering relevant technology solutions and an electrifying line-up of invited speakers and presenters addressing “hot-button” topics. Taking place biennially in Detroit, Michigan, Convergence has earned worldwide recognition as the premier transportation electronics event, attracting over 8,000 leading executives, engineers and technologists from around the globe.

About Lattice Semiconductor
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation provides the industry’s broadest range of Programmable Logic Devices (PLD), including Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), Complex Programmable Logic Devices (CPLD), Mixed-Signal Power Management and Clock Generation Devices, and industry-leading SERDES products. Lattice continues to deliver “More of the Best” to its customers with comprehensive solutions for system design, including an unequaled portfolio of high performance, non-volatile and low cost FPGAs. Lattice products are sold worldwide through an extensive network of independent sales representatives and distributors, primarily to OEM customers in communications, computing, industrial, consumer, automotive, medical and military end markets.

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