Lattice Upgrades FPGA Design Software Platforms, Focuses on Ease of
Use, Low Power
Extensive Improvements Simplify, Accelerate Design of Ultra-Low and
Low Density FPGAs
HILLSBORO, OR -- (Marketwire) -- 01/21/13 -- Lattice Semiconductor
Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced an array of advancements
to its software platforms, debuting new versions of Lattice
Diamond(R) and iCEcube2(TM) design tools. The updated software
prominently features several notable advancements that improve power
calculations and design productivity aimed at the creation of mobile
and consumer, communication, and industrial systems that undergo fast
design cycles, demand power efficiency, and have aggressive cost
"These refinements address the tough combination of power, size,
cost, and connectivity requirements for such high-volume markets as
smart phones, tablets, and mobile computing,'' said Mike Kendrick,
Director of Software Marketing at Lattice
"Fine-tuned for the unique architecture of our low power, low cost,
low density and ultra-low density FPGAs, this software release marks
a significant step forward in the design of power-sensitive devices.
The tools enable an in-depth understanding of total power usage and
simplify design exploration to achieve product goals faster than
Lattice Diamond 2.1
New Insights into Low Power Design
Diamond Power Calculator contains a matrix that displays the power
consumption of each block and each power supply. Also, the detailed
power analysis for multiple design implementations can now be easily
compared side by side in a new chart, extending the benefits of
design exploration. For power-aware FPGAs such as the Lattice
MachXO2(TM) device, designers, designers can view the detailed power
analyses for the two power modes side by side.
Enhanced Design Exploration
Lattice Diamond software is designed to
simply, create, and explore different design implementations to
achieve the aggressive design goals of low cost, high volume designs.
New algorithms further speed timing closure for multipass runs. By
dynamically fine tuning the netlist during placement to meet the
characteristics of the device, innovative algorithms for the
LatticeECP3(TM) FPGA family achieve faster p
erformance in the target
device without incurring area penalties and increasing cost.
Moreover, timing reports now include enhanced information on
unconstrained timing paths that accelerates the analysis of design
constraints and timing results.
New Upgrades Boost Ease of Use
Lattice Diamond 2.1 software's
Hierarchy view is now automatically available alongside the File List
and Process views. It displays design resource usage at various
stages of the implementation process, and allows the user to move
directly to the HDL source for each level of hierarchy, to designate
any level of the hierarchy as the top of the design, and to generate
symbols for any level of hierarchy.
Verification and debug has also been upgraded. The Reveal(TM)
debugger now supports debug insertion into a mixed language design at
the HDL level, preserving buses and type information. The Simulation
Wizard has new options that allow users unfamiliar with simulators to
easily start simulations and trace signals.
To further help designers, updated documentation includes an expanded
FPGA Design Guide with more information on HDL coding guidelines and
timing analysis. A new tutorial provides in-depth information to help
new users to begin working with the Lattice Diamond software.
The LatticeMico(TM) System's capability for generating system
platforms has also been improved. Now, designers can easily expand
the peripheral s
et of their microcontroller by connecting it to an
FPGA that contains a peripheral-only platform generated by the
Ultra-Low Density FPGA Design Software for iCE40(TM)
software is the design environment for the Lattice iCE40 family of
ultra-low density FPGA devices. The updated iCEcube2 software
includes improvements that increase accuracy. For example, the new
version of iCEcube2 software now includes final timing and power data
that enable design analysis under worst case as well as typical
conditions. The updated data also reflect wider temperature ranges to
support both commercial and industrial devices, which gives designers
greater confidence that their design will operate correctly in a
variety of conditions. The power estimator also has improved data and
algorithms that increase the accuracy of dynamic and static power
Third-Party Tool Support
Lattice Diamond 2.1 includes:
-- Synopsys' Synplify Pro advanced FPGA synthesis for Windows and Linux.
-- Aldec's Active-HDL Lattice Edition II simulator for Windows.
Lattice iCEcube2 includes;
-- Synopsys' Synplify Pro advanced FPGA synthesis for Windows
-- Aldec's Active-HDL Lattice Edition II simulator for Windows.
-- Synopsys Synplify PRO's OEM and full versions' support all Lattice
-- Aldec supports all Lattice FPGAs in the full and OEM versions of
Active-HDL and in the full version of the Riviera-PRO advanced
-- Mentor Graphics ModelSim SE simulator supports all Lattice devices.
Operating Systems Support
Lattice Diamond 2.1 software supports
Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 operating systems, and
is also available in a 64-bit application for Windows 7 to increase
memory capacity. For Linux users, Diamond 2.1 has supported Red Hat
4, 5, 6, and Novell SUSE 10.1. New in this release is 64-bit support
for Red Hat 4, 5, and 6 for increased memory capacity. Lattice
iCEcube2 software supports Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista and
Windows 7 operating systems.
Pricing and Availability
Two versions of the Lattice Diamond 2.1
design software can be downloaded from the Lattice website for
Windows and Linux. Once downloaded and installed, the software can be
used with either the Lattice Diamond free license or the Lattice
Diamond subscription license.
The Lattice Diamond free license can be generated immediately upon
request from the Lattice website. It provides free access to many
popular Lattice devices such as the MachXO2 and Platform Manager(TM)
families. It also fully enables Synopsys Synplify Pro for Lattice
synthesis as well as the Aldec Lattice Edition II mixed-language
simulator. Priced at $895 per year, the Lattice Diamond subscription
license includes all Lattic
e FPGAs including the LatticeECP3 FPGA
iCEcube2 software for Windows Operating System can be downloaded from
the Lattice website, and is fully enabled at no cost with the Lattice
Diamond free license.
About Lattice Semiconductor
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innovative low cost, low power programmable design solutions. For
more information about how our FPGA, CPLD and programmable power
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