Lattice Semiconductor Corp
) has recently announced Lattice Diamond v2.2 software and
iCEcube2 software, both designed to support the FPGA device
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) and therefore their use is relatively restricted.
The software will offer leading-edge design and implementation
tools optimized for cost sensitive, low-power Lattice FPGA
architectures. Lattice's new software has been designed to enable
faster data processing and consume less power, a prerequisite for
These new software releases will support new additions to
Lattice's ultra-low density FPGA product line that not only
offers power and cost advantages, but also includes reference
designs and application notes that speed up the entire
development process, including the time to market.
According to a Research and Markets report, the global FPGA
market is poised to grow at a compounded annual growth rate
(CAGR) of 10.4% from 2011 to 2015 driven by the growing demand
for customizable integrated circuits (ICs).
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
FPGA 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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