Lattice Slashes Cost, Speeds Development of Mobile Devices With New Plug-In-&-Go USB iCEstick FPGA Evaluation Kit

Lattice Slashes Cost, Speeds Development of Mobile Devices With New Plug-In-&-
Go USB iCEstick FPGA Evaluation Kit 
On-Board Hardware Supported by Design Software and Reference Designs
Accelerates Realization of Infrared, Sensor Applications, and More
Using Low-Cost iCE40 FPGAs 
HILLSBORO, OR -- (Marketwired) -- 08/20/13 --   Lattice Semiconductor
Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced its iCEstick Evaluation
Kit, an easy-to-use USB thumb drive form factor development board
that allows engineers and system architects to rapidly evaluate and
develop mobile solutions based on the company's iCE40(TM)
mobileFPGA(TM) family, the world's first and only FPGAs built to
address the mobile devices market. The kit speeds solution
development by including, along with the FPGA, hardware features and
reference designs targeting infrared and sensor functions for
smartphones, tablets, gaming devices and a host of other applications
that have demanding requirements for low-cost, low-power and
"The explosion of mobile devices available on the market today is
creating challenges for equipment designers, who need to define,
implement, and deploy differentiated capabilities in their next
generation devices before the next market window closes," said Ted
Marena, Director of Solutions Marketing at Lattice. "The Lattice
iCE40 FPGA family provides the programmable technology to enable
breakthrough differentiation with the world's smallest FPGAs.
iCEstick development kit takes innovation to a new level by providing
a plug-in-and-go development environment that allows designers to
innovate and deploy faster than ever before."  
Using the iCEstick Evaluation Kit, designers can implement a solution
that replaces virtually any high-end remote control to interface to
TVs, LED lighting systems or other infrared-controlled devices.
Additionally, the iCEstick Evaluation Kit provides a simple starting
point to design infrared data transfer between mobile devices such as
PCs, tablets, gaming devices, and more. The iCEstick Evaluation Kit
enables this by using the iCE40 FPGA to implement a fully
programmable Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) function and bridge to an
infrared LED.  
To streamline and accelerate development, the kit includes reference
designs that enable wireless transmission of data or control signals.
This is done via an interface to an IrDA transceiver or a Digilent
Pmod(TM) Compatible peripheral connector, all while using a minimal
number of I/O from the iCE40 FPGA. This is just one example of what
the iCEstick enables; more reference designs are included as detailed
The iCEstick Evaluation Kit's Pmod(TM) Compatible peripheral
connector also enables designers to connect an accelerometer to the
board so that designers can easily develop solutions for sensor
interfacing, monitoring and data management. This capability is key
for mobile platforms as accelerometers are becoming more mainstream
in mobile designs to facilitate measurement of speed and impact for
context aware applications such as gaming controllers and
Getting started with the iCEstick Evaluation Kit is easy because it
simply connects to a laptop or PC like a USB thumb drive, giving
users immediate access to the onboard iCE40HX-1k FPGA. The kit is
supported by Lattice's iCEcube2(TM) design software for HDL
development and Lattice Lattice Diamond(R) Programmer software
enabling programming via the device's SPI flash.  
Reference Designs Accelerate Development
 iCEstick customers can
download free reference designs that simplify the process of
developing complete custom solutions. Along with the user guide,
these reference designs are available at
and include:  

--  Self-check default demo: Plugging in the iCEstick automatically
    configures and performs self-check which blinks the LEDs in a circular
    pattern. Customers can immediately validate the HDL design template
    and modify and add functionality as required.

--  IrDA Tx & Rx reference design: Simplifies the evaluation and
    development of a wide variety of applications involving wireless
    transmission of data or control signals.

--  Accelerometer reference design: This HDL design enables designers to
    evaluate how the iCE40 device can interface to a sensor using a
    separately-purchased accelerometer. This can be used as a starting
    point for integrating additional sensors for their particular

Pricing and Availability 
 The iCEstick evaluation kit is available now
for purchase from Lattice distributors and costs $24.99. For specific
details on where to buy, please go to
and order your iCEstick today. 
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