Lattice Wins Product of the Year Award for LatticeECP2M FPGAs

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) announced that its LatticeECP2M(TM) FPGA family has been named Product of the Year by the editors of analogZONE. The LatticeECP2M family previously garnered Product of the Year recognition from Electronic Products magazine.

“This is an undemocratic process,” said Editor-in-Chief Paul McGoldrick. “While our readers will have a chance to vote later in the year for a ‘Reader’s Choice’ Product of the Year, these annual Product of the Year awards are based on our personal analysis. No vendor involvement or persuasive essays as to why a given manufacturer’s product should win are involved – as always at analogZONE, we put our money where our mouth is with these awards, just as we do with every review we write.” McGoldrick also said that he and editorial colleague Lee Goldberg believe the products selected “will make significant bottom line numbers for the companies involved” because of their strong technical merit, design innovation and marketability.

“The last few years have seen the emergence of FPGAs that are now inexpensive enough to use in high-volume, cost-sensitive applications but, until now, there has always been a big price/performance/feature gap between these ultra-low-cost products and the high-end devices,” said Lee Goldberg, editor of sister-site connectivityZONE. “This has changed with the new LatticeECP2M product family, which is well-suited for high-volume applications that employ 8B/10B-coded SERDES interfaces such as cellular base stations, broadband access infrastructure such as DSLAMs, PON boxes and WiMAX, and server-based products using PCIe.”

“We are very pleased that our 90nm LatticeECP2M FPGA product family is receiving widespread industry recognition, and we are honored to accept this award from analogZONE,” said Stan Kopec, corporate vice president of marketing. “Our customers also are voting for the LatticeECP2M family, based upon the number of design-ins we are experiencing.”

About LatticeECP2M FPGAs
LatticeECP2M FPGAs are an innovative response to the broad range of customers who have been clamoring for low-cost SERDES capability for chip-to-chip and small form-factor backplane applications. The LatticeECP2M family maintains all of the compelling features of the 90nm LatticeECP2Ô family that are required for high-volume, cost-sensitive applications, while dramatically increasing memory capacity (ranging from 1.2 Mbits to 5.3 Mbits) and DSP resources (ranging from 24 to 168 multipliers).

The five devices in the series, ranging in size from 19K to 95K lookup tables (LUTs), provide an inexpensive alternative for implementing PCI Express, Ethernet, Serial RapidIO and CPRI/OBSAI interfaces. The SERDES integrated into the LatticeECP2M devices has been engineered as a quad-based architecture with 1 to 4 quads (up to 16 SERDES channels maximum per device), depending on the size of the device. Each quad features 4 SERDES channels (4 complete TX and RX channels), with each channel typically operating on just 100mW at full speed and supporting data rates from 270 Mbps to 3.125 Gbps.

A flexible PCS layer that includes 8b/10b encoding, an Ethernet link state machine and rate matching circuitry also are built onto the chip. The SERDES/PCS combination is designed to support today’s most common packet-based protocols, including PCI Express, Gigabit Ethernet, Serial RapidIO and wireless interface standards (OBSAI and CPRI).

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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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