Electronics & Computers

Lattice Introduces New Reference Designs

August 29, 2013

The MIPI DSI and CSI Tx/Rx reference designs will help designers overcome the challenges of integrating camera and display capabilities into their electronic systems.

HILLSBORO, OR /Marketwired/ -- Lattice Semiconductor Corp. announced three new complete reference designs that will make it easier for electronic OEMs to deliver media-rich experiences to their end users by taking advantage of low-cost, industry-standard Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) camera, application processor, and display technologies. These latest FPGA-based reference designs from Lattice enable OEMs to quickly build and roll out next-generation products that are low cost, highly reliable, and consume low power as they deliver the latest in display, image and motion features.

With these new reference designs, OEMs can use image sensors not designed for the mobile market. As an example, a high-end smartphone could incorporate a DSLR-type camera. In this case, the image sensor is bridged to a MIPI-based applications processor via a Lattice FPGA. The inverse is also true where MIPI-based components can be linked to non-MIPI-based processors or SoCs.

"Increasingly, for OEMs to be competitive, they need to provide end users with a media-rich experience across all their electronic devices. To deliver on this, manufacturers would like to leverage mobile display, applications processor, or camera components, but the interfaces for these low-cost system components often present a challenge," said Ted Marena, Director of Solutions Marketing at Lattice. "The fact is, until MIPI becomes the dominant interface for the broad market, customers are going to need a bridge between different interface technologies. Not only does Lattice provide the perfect FPGA technology to adapt to different interfaces, now we provide complete reference designs that make adding MIPI to any system an easy to achieve reality."

Marena will be a presenting at the Qualcomm Uplinq 2013 conference's Hardware Day on Sept. 3, where he'll talk about how Lattice's MIPI solutions enable designers to connect a broad range of display and camera components to the latest MIPI-based Snapdragon™ processors. For more information, please visit the conference's Web site.

Available Today
Given that every customer's system architecture is unique, each of the three new reference designs, as well as the previously announced CSI-2 receive bridge, includes a configuration form available on the Lattice Web site that allows designers to specify the interfaces they need and receive an HDL netlist targeting a MachXO2 or LatticeECP3 FPGA. For more information, please visit the company's Web site or click on the links below:

  • The MIPI DSI transmit bridge enables a Lattice FPGA to drive a DSI-receiving device such as a DSI display.
  • The MIPI DSI receive bridge allows an application processor to interface to a screen not designed for mobile applications.
  • The MIPI CSI-2 transmit bridge provides the conversion bridge logic required to enable an applications processor to interface to a non-CSI-2 image sensor.
  • The MIPI CSI-2 receive bridge (previously announced) allows a mobile CSI-2 image sensor to interface with an embedded image signal processor.

About Lattice
Lattice Semiconductor Corp. is a service-driven developer of innovative, low-cost, low-power programmable design solutions. For more information about how our FPGA, CPLD and power management devices help our customers unlock their innovation, visit the company's Web site. You can also follow us via Twitter, Facebook, or RSS.

Lattice Semiconductor Cor., L (& design) Lattice Semiconductor, Lattice (& design), L (& design), LatticeECP3, and specific product designations are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Lattice Semiconductor Corp. or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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