Lattice unveils Embedded Vision FPGA for automotive applications

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Lattice Semiconductor has expanded its Crosslink-NX family with new FPGAs specified for automotive applications such as ADAS and IVI systems.

These CrossLink-NX FPGAs provide a combination of best-in-class low power, small form factor, high-performance I/O, and reliability to embedded vision applications for advanced automobiles. They are currently the only FPGAs in their class to support embedded MIPI D-PHY interfaces with speeds up to 10 Gbps.

“As automotive systems grow in capability and complexity, the number of integrated sensors and displays is increasing which presents a challenge to automotive system designers that need to quickly and reliably process image data to deliver real-time performance to enable a compelling - and safety-focused - user experience,” explained Jay Aggarwal, Director of Silicon Product Marketing, Lattice. “With support for automotive operating temperatures, class-leading dedicated high-performance MIPI interfaces, low power consumption, and high reliability, these CrossLink-NX FPGAs provide a platform for automotive embedded vision systems.”

The CrossLink-NX FPGAs have achieved AEC-Q100 qualification up to Grade 2 and a Soft Error Rate (SER) up to 100 times lower than similar competing FPGAs.

Built on the Lattice Nexus FPGA platform, they are able to deliver up to 75 percent lower power consumption in comparison to similar competing FPGAs which in turn provides extra thermal headroom for ADAS and IVI applications running at higher temperatures.

These devices are intended for embedded vision applications and are able to provide support for multiple fast I/Os, including MIPI, PCIe (5 Gbps Gen 2), and DDR3 memory and they also enable ultra-fast I/O configuration in 3 ms and total device configuration in less than 15 ms.

CrossLink-NX FPGAs are up to 10 times smaller than similar competing FPGAs, making them suitable for space-constrained automotive systems that need the smallest ICs possible.

To facilitate the design of FPGA-based systems, CrossLink-NX automotive FPGAs support the latest versions of the Lattice Radiant (version 2.2.1) and Lattice Propel (version 1.1) software tools to simplify and accelerate embedded vision system design.

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