The folks at Lattice Semiconductor say that Quest Innovations has selected the LatticeECP2 and LatticeECP2M FPGAs (collectively, the "LatticeECP2/M family") for use in its next generation Raptor series of scalable, intelligent Gigabit Ethernet cameras.
Quest has integrated its QuadCore IP (intellectual property) into the Lattice FPGA. The QuadCore IP is a multi-core, scalable parallel pixel processing unit. By connecting 10 QuadCore IP cores together, Quest is able to deliver more than 1 Gbyte/second image processing and transfer. This latest version of the Raptor camera system will support more than 2 Mpixels, 500 fps, and 8 Gbytes of memory and is capable of doing pre-processing and storing up to 24 seconds of high speed image data.
About the LatticeECP2/M FPGA family
The LatticeECP2/M FPGA family provides performance-enhancing features that were traditionally available only on more-expensive, "high-end" FPGAs. The LatticeECP2/M family supports logic densities from 6K LUTs up to 95K LUTs, has high performance DSP blocks, supports DDR2 memory interfaces at up to 533 Mbps and up to 840 Mbps generic LVDS performance.
Some of the high-end features incorporated into the LatticeECP2M family specifically include embedded SERDES I/O and the most on-chip memory in its class. The LatticeECP2M family supports up to 16 channels of embedded SERDES operating up to 3.125 Gbps, supporting protocols such as PCI Express, Ethernet (1GbE and SGMII), CPRI and OBSAI.
The LatticeECP2M Embedded Block RAM capacity ranges from 1.2 Mbits to 5.3 Mbits. All ECP2/M family members in all package options are now in full production.