Lattice Semiconductor Corporation
) recently unveiled the MachXO3 FPGA (Field Programmable Gate
Array) family, priced below $1.00 in high volume.
FPGAs are semiconductor devices that allow
programming/reprogramming even after the device has been
installed and hence referred to as "field-programmable." This
flexibility makes them more expensive compared to regular
programmable logic devices (PLDs), often limiting their usage.
The MachXO family has been a key player, especially in the low
end programmable market. It aims to connect multiple network
segments and has a pretty low power dissipation rate. It is
equipped with multi-time programmable technology that facilitates
instant-on operation and in-field upgrades for storage,
communications and other applications where the I/O interface
should be up and running prior to the rest of the system.
Moreover, the hot-swap I/O feature enables the swapping of
components without the need to reboot the system. The
MachXO has been built with an eye to cater to the needs of mobile
devices and data-center switching platforms.
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MachXO's usage in mobile devices helps Lattice's growth to become
highly dependent on the prosperity of the mobile devices sector.
As per the latest research report from Strategy Analytics, things
seem to look up for Lattice with the global mobile phone
shipments having risen 4% annually to 386 million units in the
second quarter of 2013, driven by the growing demand for
entry-level Android devices in Asia and Latin America.
Lattice Semiconductor designs, develops and markets
high-performance PLDs and related development system software.
The company's second-quarter revenues were up 19.6% from the
year-ago period to $84.7 million. Revenues from FPGA were also up
4.4% year over year to $26.0 million.
Currently, Lattice has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Other stocks that
look attractive at this point include
Cirrus Logic Inc
Semiconductor Mfg Intl Corp
), both with a Zacks Rank # 1 (Strong Buy) and
) with a Zacks Rank # 2 (Buy).