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Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, develops semiconductor technologies that it monetizes through products, solutions, and licenses. Products, Services, and Competition The company delivers three types of semiconductor devices to help solve its customers' problems: programmable logic devices (PLDs), video connectivity application specific standard products (ASSPs), and mmWave devices. The company also serves its customers with intellectual property (IP) licensing and various other services. PLDs PLDs are regular arrays of logic that could be custom-configured by the user through software. This programmability allows the company’s customers flexibility and reduced time to market while allowing the company to offer the chips to various customers in various markets. Four product family lines anchor the company’s PLD offerings. The ECP families are the company’s ‘Connectivity & Acceleration FPGAs’. They offer customers the lowest cost per gate, digital signal processing capability, and serialize-deserialize connectivity. ECP devices are optimized for the communications market but also find significant use in the industrial market. The MachXO families are known as ‘Bridging and Expansion FPGAs’. They are control oriented and offer the lowest cost per IO. MachXO families are used across its three primary target markets: communications, industrial, and consumer. iCE40 families are known as the ‘World’s Smallest FPGAs’. Their small size and ultra-low power, make them the optimal products for customizing consumer mobile and industrial handheld products. Programmable Mixed Signal devices, such as the company’s Platform Manger 2 and L-ASC10 combine programmable digital logic with analog functionality to help customers manage power, thermal, and control planes in real time. To enable its customers to get to market faster, the company supports the PLDs with intellectual property cores, reference designs, development kits, and design software. Competition: The company’s main PLD competitors are Xilinx and Intel Corporation/Altera. Video Connectivity ASSPs In the consumer market, consumers need to connect various audio-video devices and expect them to work together. The company refers to these connections as ‘Video Connectivity’. Industry standards, such as HDMI, MHL, and USB Type-C, ensure that consumers are able to successfully make those connections. The company’s Video Connectivity ASSPs implement these standards along with value-added features and allow consumer original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) manufacturers to get products to market. The company’s Video Connectivity ASSPs perform various functions, including ensuring interoperability, improving picture quality, converting between resolutions, and transmitting/receiving content without the need for additional components. Specific device types include port processors, port controllers, video processors, transmitters, receivers, bridges, and converters. These devices are used in products, such as mobile phones, HD TVs, home theater systems, automotive infotainment, PCs, accessories, projectors, and monitors. mmWave Devices The company’s mmWave devices and modules allow customers to wirelessly transfer data and UHD video content at gigabit speeds. Built using its proprietary 60 GHz SiBEAM technology, the company’s mmWave transceivers, processors, and antenna arrays are divided into three groups, differentiated by their transmission range. Gigabit Connector devices ‘eliminate the connectors on mobile products’. Built with SiBEAM Snap technology, these devices under development connect consumer products. The company’s Gigabit Indoor devices and modules ‘cut the wires in home, office, and factory’. Geared around the consumer and industrial markets these devices reach distances measured in meters. Gigabit Outdoor products provide ‘wireless fiber for network backhaul’. Achieving a range of 100’s of meters these devices provide the communications market with ultra-high speed links for point-to-point connectivity. Sales and Marketing The company primarily sells its products to end customers from the company or its wholly-owned subsidiary, Lattice SG Pte. Ltd. It sells both directly and through a network of independent manufacturers' representatives. Additionally, the company sells indirectly through independent sell-in (primarily Japan) and sell-through distributors. It also employs a direct sales management and field applications engineering organization to support its end customers and indirect sales resources. The company’s end customers are primarily OEMs in the communications, consumer and industrial end markets. It has established sales channels in approximately 50 foreign countries and maintains a network of 10 international sales representatives. A substantial portion of the company’s sales are made through distributors. Suppliers The company sources silicon wafers from its foundry partners, Fujitsu Limited and Seiko Epson in Japan, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. and United Microelectronics Corporation in Taiwan, pursuant to agreements with each company and their respective affiliates. Research and Development The company’s research and development expenses included $136.9 million in 2015. Patents The company holds various United States and international patents and has patent applications pending in the United States and internationally. Its patents would expire at various times between 2016 and 2034. History Lattice Semiconductor Corporation was founded in 1983. The company was incorporated in Oregon in 1983 and reincorporated in Delaware in 1985.

 

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