FPGA & PLD News

Cypress gives Bluetooth platform memory for OTA downloads

Cypress Semiconductor has doubled the memory capacity on its Bluetooth Low Energy enabled PSoC 4 and PRoC programmable radio-on-chip devices. The programmable devices now have 256kbyte of flash and 32kbyte of SRAM. The additional memory capacity is intended to support over-the-air (OTA) firmware upgrades. The PSoC…

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Rochester offers long-term supply of Altera FPGAs

Rochester Electronics is now offering a number of Altera’s mature FPGAs and CPLDs to provide long-term supply of devices for applications with extended lifespans. Rochester will market the products with the manufacturer’s full support. Devices covered by the agreement include select MAX 7000 CPLDs and FLEX, APEX…

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FPGAs for big space satellites

Microsemi has introduced a range of radiation-tolerant FPGAs intended for space applications requiring up to 150,000 logic elements and up to 300MHz of system performance. Typical uses for RTG4 include remote sensing space payloads, such as radar, imaging and spectrometry in civilian, scientific and commercial applications. Other applications…

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Xilinx moves programmable chip design to system-level

Xilinx continues to introduce FPGA development tools which it expects will make design of programmable devices accessible to a range of non-specialist developers. The SDSoC for the company’s Zynq All Programmable SoCs and MPSoCs is configured to simplify device programming by using an Eclipse integrated design environment (IDE…

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SoC development board uses Zynq-7000 FPGA

Pro Design has introduced a system-on-chip development module based around Xilinx Zynq-7000 FPGA. The Zynq XC7Z045 or XC7Z100 combines a user FPGA with an ARM core processor (dual ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore with CoreSight) and several on board peripherals such as USB 2.0 OTG, Gigabit Ethernet…

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Design kit for HDMI to USB 3.0 bridge

Lattice Semiconductor and Cypress Semiconductor have worked together on a reference design for a bridge between USB 3.0 and high definition video interfaces such as HDMI and SDI audio/video. The USB 3.0 Video Bridge development kit combines a LatticeECP3 FPGA and the Cypress EZ-USB FX3 USB…

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Lattice extends iCE40 FPGA family

Lattice Semiconductor has extended its iCE40 low power FPGA family with iCE40 Ultra. The devices are intended for use adding functions to products – for example: infrared remote, barcode, touch, user identification, and pedometer functions. On the silicon are non-programmable blocks including LED drivers, multipliers-and-accumulators, and serial interfaces…

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FPGAs can secure IoT devices, says Microsemi

Embedded microprocessor designs can benefit from safe and secure boot-up code by making use of the trusted boot-up code held in an FPGA. A secure boot reference design from Microsemi uses the security features in its SmartFusion2 SoC FPGAs to securely boot any application processor in an embedded…

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