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Dev Kit for MachX02 FPGA enables low-cost prototyping

Posted: 25 Oct 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Control Development Kit? MachX02? look up tables? human interfaces? digital and analogue control?

A Control Development Kit for the MachX02 family of ultra-low density FPGAs has been recently made available by Lattice Semiconductor Corporation. The company's latest kit enables low cost prototyping of complex system control and video interface designs.

The newly included MachXO2-4000HC device includes 4320 look up tables (LUTs) of programmable logic and 222 Kbits of on-chip memory, which meet the demands of system control and interface applications in communications, computing, industrial, consumer and medical markets.

The kit offers a wealth of other built-in system resources that engineers can use to build realistic system prototypes with both digital and analogue control, human interfaces (electret microphone, speaker/headphone, LED) and a wide variety of interfaces to external devices and systems (USB 2.0, microSD, GPIO). Engineers have on-board access to a Lattice Power Manager II POWR1014A analogue/digital power-supply monitor and sequence controller, 4MB SPI Flash and 256MB LPDDR SDRAM memories.

Engineers can use the MachXO2 Control Development Kit as a low cost, full featured development platform for system control functions such as power supply sequencing and monitoring, reset distribution and data logging. The kit is also ideal for video interface and processing designs with its built-in DVI and 7:1 LVDS (Camera Link) Video input and output connectors. The control kit accommodates complex system requirements for control and interface with a growing number of sensors, actuators and indicators on every board. The programmable logic and on-chip memory of the MachXO2-4000HC device also enables high quality image processing and buffering for low cost video applications.

To accelerate development time, over 35 popular reference designs and IP cores, a low cost Breakout Board, and easy to use Pico and Control Development Kits are available for prototyping cost sensitive, ultra-low density designs with MachXO2 FPGAs. Using the preloaded Control SoC design in the Control Development Kit, engineers can test within minutes board control functions such as power supply sequencing, reset distribution, power supply monitoring and data logging using the included Power Manager II POWR1014A device and 8bit LatticeMico8 soft microcontroller, then explore other design options with a known good starting point.

The MachXO2 Control Development Kit is available immediately with a suggested price of $189. All MachXO2 FPGAs are fully production qualified and have been shipping since 2011.

- Paul Buckley
??EE Times Europe

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