Lattice targets performance wireless designs with ECP4 FPGAs
Lattice Semiconductor has significantly increased performance with its next generation LatticeECP4 FPGA family, which features a 6Gbit/s serialiser/deserialiser (SERDES) and new DSP capability. Lattice believes it has a lower cost programmable platform with the performance for traditional FPGA applications in wireless basetstations and video systems. The firm has also designed hardwired IP-based communications engines for wireless, wireline, video, and computing applications. ECP4 FPGAs are up to 50% faster than previous generation devices and feature 1066Mbit/s DDR3 memory interfaces and 1.25Gbit/s LVDS I/Os that are also capable of being provisioned as serial Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. "The ECP4family has 66% more logic resources and 42% more embedded memory," said the company.