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Lattice Announces World's Smallest FPGA for Miniature Systems

Lattice Announces World's Smallest FPGA for Miniature Systems 
Tiny iCE40(TM) LP384 Simplifies Innovation in Compact, Portable
Solutions by Delivering System Functionality at Hardware-Accelerated
Speeds With 25-Microwatt Power Consumption 
HILLSBORO, OR -- (Marketwire) -- 03/11/13 --  Lattice Semiconductor
Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced the iCE40 LP384 FPGA, the
smallest member of its expanding iCE40 family of ultra-low density
FPGAs. Enabling designers to rapidly add new features and
differentiate cost-sensitive, space-constrained, low-power products,
the new small footprint FPGA is ideal for applications such as
portable medical monitors, smartphones, digital cameras, eReaders,
and compact embedded systems.  
The tiny, low-power, low-cost iCE40 LP384 FPGA has a capacity of 384
LUTs; consumes 25-Microwatts static core power; comes in packages as
small as 2.5 mm x 2.5 mm with a migration path to 2.0 mm x 2.0 mm;
and costs less than 50 cents per unit in multi-million unit
quantities.  
"While system footprints continue to shrink, designers must
constantly search for new ways to add more functionality so they can
process more information," said Brent Przybus, Senior Director of
Corporate and Product Marketing at Lattice Semiconductor. "The iCE40
LP384 FPGA offers the perfect architecture for capturing and
processing large amounts of data at hardware speeds while using very
little power and board space. It deftly handles system tasks such as
managing sensor interfaces, adapting to new interface standards, and
offloading the CPU without requiring fully custom-designed chips." 
New Applications Drive Hardware Innovation 
 The exponential growth
of handheld applications is creating new challenges for hardware
designers. Many new applications today connect end users with data
collected from a growing number of sensors that measure natural
phenomena such as temperature, moisture, light, and positioning. At
the same time the growing use of video is driving the deployment of
new low power, display technology that not only enhances the visual
experience, but does so without breaking stringent power budgets.  
Moreover, small automated control units are now being used to
maximize energy efficiency and security in buildings and homes by
responding to light, 
infrared, noise, and by adjusting fans, blinds,
and temperature controls. Designers of these types of equipment must
find ways to shrink the size of their systems while differentiating
their products from competitive market offerings.  
The iCE40 LP384 Solution  
The iCE40 LP384 FPGA includes the programmable logic, flexible IO,
and on-chip memory necessary to process data at speeds greater than
ASSPs or companion microprocessors while simultaneously reducing
power consumption for an equivalent cost. Lattice also provides
reference designs and application notes to accelerate development and
reduce time-to-market by several months.  
Development Software
 Lattice's iCEcube2(TM) development software is
a feature-rich development platform for Lattice's iCE40 FPGAs. It
integrates a free synthesis tool with Lattice's placement and routing
tools. It also includes the Aldec Active-HDL(TM) simulation solution,
with Waveform Viewer and an RTL/gate-level mixed-language simulator. 
The iCEcube2 design environment also includes key features and
functions that help facilitate the design process for mobile
applications. These features and functions include a project
navigator, constraint editor, floorplanner, package viewer, power
estimator, and static timing analyzer. Please contact your local
Lattice sales representative for information on how to download a
free license for Lattice iCEcube2 software for use with iCE40 LP384
FPGAs. 
Development Kits:
 Lattice iCE40 development kits minimize the time
and cost of starting designs. These platforms simplify the evaluation
of device performance and the development of custom designs. Free
reference designs are also available.  
Availability
 The iCE40 LP384
devices are available in sample quantities for customers beginning
design evaluation. Present packaging options include: 32-pin QFNs
(5.0 mm x 5.0 mm); 36-ball ucBGAs (2.5 mm x 2.5 mm); and 49-pin
ucBGAs (3.0 mm x 3.0 mm).  
About Lattice Semiconductor
 Lattice is a service-driven developer of
innovative low cost, low power programmable design solutions. For
more information about how our FPGA, CPLD and programmable power
management devices help our customers unlock their innovation, visit
www.latticesemi.com. You can also follow us via Twitter, Facebook, or
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Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, Lattice (& design), L (& design),
iCE40, iCEcube2, and specific product designations are either
registered trademarks or trademarks of Lattice Semiconductor
Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other
countries. 
GENERAL NOTICE: Other product names used in this publication are for
identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their
respective holders. 
For more information contact:
Matthew Quint
Corporate Communications Manager
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation
408-826-6292
matt.quint@latticesemi.com 
 
 
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