Lattice Semiconductor Corporation
) has recently launched the smallest AEC-Q100-certified Lattice
Automotive (LA) FPGA devices for its ECP3 family.
FPGAs or field programmable gate arrays are semiconductor
devices that allow programming/reprogramming even after the
device has been installed. This flexibility makes the devices
more expensive compared to regular programmable logic devices
(PLDs), so their use is relatively restricted.
Lattice has developed its LA-LatticeECP3 FPGA devices keeping
in mind the requirements of automobile hardware designers. These
devices support SERDES channels for high speed serial data buses.
The device also includes on-chip memory, programmable DDR3 memory
interfaces and up to 35k look-up tables (LUTS).
The device allows designers to optimize various driver
assistance systems, by bringing in high resolution camera systems
to replace wing mirrors, thereby improving fuel efficiency.
LA-LatticeECP3 FPGAs will be available in packages as small as 10
mm x 10 mm for $5.99, each in lots of 50K units each. The company
is offering 17k LUT and 35k LUT-capacity versions of
LA-LatticeECP3 FPGAs in BGA packages ranging from 256 balls to
Demand for FPGAs are increasing since they allow increased
flexibility in terms of creating designs and enable electronic
device manufacturing companies to minimize their research and
development (R&D) costs. The bright prospects in the FPGA
space can prove to be a long-term growth driver for Lattice.
Lattice Semiconductor designs, develops and markets high
performance programmable logic devices and related development
system software. The company's first quarter revenues were down
0.7% from the year-ago period to $71.2 million. Revenues from
FPGAs were also down 1.7% year over year to $22.9 million.
Currently, Lattice has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Other
semiconductor stocks that have been performing well and are worth
), all carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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