FPGA / PLD

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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PCIe 3.0 certification for Achronix

Achronix Semiconductor’s 22nm Speedster22i FPGAs have achieved PCI-SIG compliance with the PCI Express 3.0 x8 lane specification.

They also passed interoperability tests at the PCI-SIG workshop and are now included in the PCI-SIG integrators list.

Made on Intel’s 22nm finfet process, the devices are…

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Altera adds hard floating point to FPGAs

Altera is shipping Arria 10 FPGAs with hardened floating-point DSP blocks, but customers will have to wait for design flows.

The DSP block, which is IEEE 754-compliant, will also be in Stratix 10 FPGAs.

Up to 1.5 Tflop is claimed in Arria and 10 Tflop in Stratix…

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Lattice offers 3.25Gbit/s SERDES in low power FPGA

Lattice Semiconductor has announced its ECP5 family of small form-factor FPGAs for small-cell basestations and microservers.

These small devices use small LUT4 based logic slices with enhanced routing architecture, dual-channel SERDES to save on silicon area.

Lattice’s approach is to offer small form-factor (10mm x…

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VadaTech adds 100G processor to Xilinx modules

VadaTech has released a suite of Xilinx FPGA mezzanine card modules cocvering Virtex-5, Virtex-6, Artix-7, Kintex-7, Virtex-7 FPGAs and Zynq All Programmable SoCs.

A Virtex-7 device is used for a 100G processor with an integrated FPGA in the double-module AMC size.

The single…

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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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Avnet offers Rohm power supply for Zynq-7000

Avnet has partnered with Rohm Semiconductor to develop a power supply module board specifically for Xilinx 7 series FPGAs and Zynq-7000 all programmable SoC’s evaluation kits.

Rohm’s power supply module is used with the Avnet-designed Mini-Module Plus Development System.

Based on the BD95601MUV/BD95602MUV power…

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Altera speeds up FPGA compile times

Altera claims the latest version of its Quartus II FPGA design software will cut compile times by 30% on average compared to the previous version.

In some cases compile time can be cut by up to 70% through algorithm optimisation and increased parallelisation, said Altera.

The software also includes the…

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