Lattice Semiconductor Corp.
) launched an iCEstick Evaluation Kit, iCE40 mobile FPGA (field
programmable gate arrays) family, priced at $24.99.
Lattice's new iCEstick is a USB thumb-drive form-factor
evaluation board that can be powered and programmed through a
standard USB port. The new kit comprises ultra-low-density (ULD)
devices and offers leading-edge design, speed solution
development by including FPGA, hardware features and reference
designs optimized for cost sensitive and low-power applications.
The kit has been built to address the needs of the mobile devices
market. It can be used in a wide range of handheld and
battery-powered applications, including smartphones, tablets,
gaming devices etc.
The evaluation kit will support additions to Lattice's
ultra-low density FPGA product line that not only offers power
and cost advantages, but also includes reference designs that
speed up the entire development process, including the time to
FPGAs are semiconductor devices that allow
programming/reprogramming even after the device has been
installed. This flexibility makes them more expensive compared to
regular programmable logic devices (PLDs) and relatively
restricting their use.
According to a latest research report from Strategy Analytics,
the global mobile phone shipments rose 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. The
bright prospects in the mobile space can prove to be a long-term
growth driver for Lattice.
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
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