Lattice Certus-NX FPGAs optimised for automotive applications

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Lattice Semiconductor has expanded its portfolio of automotive products with new versions of the Lattice Certus-NX FPGA family, optimised for infotainment, ADAS, and safety-focused applications.

Built on the Nexus platform, these devices combine automotive-grade features with best-in-class I/O density, power efficiency, small size, reliability, and instant-on performance, according to Lattice. They also support fast PCI Express (PCIe) and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.

“Demand for automotive semiconductors is increasing as the ongoing trends towards automotive system electrification, autonomy, and connectivity have manufacturers looking for ways to deliver the advanced features and user experiences drivers are looking for in their next vehicle,” said Jay Aggarwal, Director of Silicon Product Marketing, Lattice Semiconductor. “With class-leading performance and power efficiency, support for popular I/O standards in a small form factor, and high reliability, our Certus-NX general purpose FPGAs make a compelling silicon platform for the next-generation automotive applications car makers are eager to provide to their customers.”

The Certus-NX FPGAs are intended for automotive applications like motor control, LED control in in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, in-vehicle networking (IVN), and sensor data co-processing in ADAS applications.

Key features include:

  • Low power consumption – Up to 4X lower power use than similar FPGAs, with a programmable back bias that enables user-selectable high performance or low power operating modes, depending on the needs of the application.
  • Small form factor – Up to 3X smaller with up to 2X the I/O density per mm2 in comparison to competing FPGAs.
  • Instant-on performance – Ultra-fast device configuration from SPI memory up to 12X faster than similar competing FPGAs, with individual I/Os able to configure in just 3 ms, and full-device startup in only 8-14 ms, depending on device capacity.
  • Robust I/O interfacing capability – The Certus-NX I/O IP library includes: 1.5 Gbps differential I/O with performance up to 70 percent higher than competing FPGAs and 5 Gbps PCIe, 1.5 Gbps SGMII, and 1066 Mbps DDR3.
  • Automotive certification and high reliability – Certus-NX FPGAs are AEC-Q100 qualified.
  • Authentication and encryption – Certus-NX FPGAs support AES-256 encryption with ECDSA.

Ease of use/design – Lattice Radiant and Lattice Propel software tools help simplify and accelerate automotive system design.

Certus-NX FPGAs are also supported by the Lattice mVision and Lattice sensAI solution stacks so designers will be able to leverage the stacks’ modular hardware platforms, reference designs, neural network IP cores, and custom design services to accelerate automotive vision system design.