Lattice Semiconductor Corporation has released its third generation FPGAs, the mid-range 65nm LatticeECP3 family, which claims to offer the industry's lowest power consumption and price of any SERDES-capable FPGA device.
The LatticeECP3 FPGA family offers multi-protocol 3.2G SERDES with XAUI jitter compliance, DDR3 memory interfaces, DSP capabilities, high density on-chip memory and up to 149K LUTS, all with half the power consumption and half the price of competitive SERDES-capable FPGAs. The entire LatticeECP3 family is manufactured using Fujitsu's advanced low power process technology, and is the only 65nm mid-range, high value FPGA family in the industry.
"Like our award winning LatticeECP2M devices before it, our LatticeECP3 family once again redefines mid-range, value-based FPGAs, not only by further reducing costs, but also by reducing static power consumption by 80 percent and total power consumption by over 50 percent for typical designs, compared to competitive SERDES-capable FPGAs. By making careful design choices and minimizing die size, we are able to offer designers the benefits of high speed serial I/O and processing capabilities, without the power and cost premiums typically associated with these types of devices," said Sean Riley, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of High Density Solutions.
The five devices that comprise the low power LatticeECP3 FPGA family all offer standards-compliant multi-protocol 3G SERDES, the industry's only DDR3 memory interface for low cost FPGAs and high performance, cascadable DSP slices that are ideal for high performance RF, baseband and image signal processing. Toggling at 1Gbps, the LatticeECP3 FPGAs also feature the fastest LVDS I/O available in a mid-range FPGA family, as well as embedded memory of up to 6.8 Mbits. Logic density varies from 17K LUTs to 149K LUTs with up to 586 user I/O.
The LatticeECP3 FPGA family's high performance features include:
3.2Gbps SERDES with 10GbE XAUI jitter compliance and the ability to mix and match multiple protocols on each SERDES quad. This includes PCI Express, CPRI, OBSAI, XAUI, Serial RapidIO and Gigabit Ethernet.
The SERDES/PCS blocks have been designed specifically to enable the design of the low latency variation CPRI links that are found in wireless basestations with Remote Radio Head connectivity.
Compliance to the SMPTE Serial Digital Interface standard, with the unprecedented ability to support 3G, HD and SD video broadcast signals independently on each SERDES channel. The triple rate support is performed without any oversampling technique, consuming the least possible amount of power.
DSP blocks allowing up to 36x36 Multiply and Accumulate functions running at 500MHz. The DSP slices also feature innovative cascadability for implementing wide ALU and adder tree functions without the performance bottlenecks of FPGA logic.
800Mbps DDR3 memory interfaces, with built-in read and write leveling.
1Gbps LVDS I/O, with Input Delay blocks, allows interfacing to high performance ADC and DACs.
The LatticeECP3 FPGA family is designed for use in high volume, cost- and power-sensitive wireless infrastructure and wireline access equipment, as well as video and imaging, applications.
Design Tool Support
The LatticeECP3 FPGA family is supported by the ispLEVER design tool suite, version 7.2 Service Pack 1. The ispLEVER design tool suite is the flagship design environment for the latest Lattice FPGA products. It provides a complete set of tools for all design tasks, including project management, IP integration, design planning, place and route, in-system logic analysis and more. The ispLEVER software is provided on CD-ROM and DVD for Windows, UNIX or Linux platforms. The ispLEVER design tool suite includes Synopsys' Synplify Pro synthesis for all operating systems supported and Aldec's Active-HDL Lattice Edition simulator for Windows.
Availability and Pricing
Production devices are available now. In 25K unit volume and the FN484 wirebond package, the LatticeECP3-70 is priced as low as $35 and the LatticeECP3-95 is priced as low as $50.
Datasheet for: LatticeECP3 FPGA family