Software Stack Pivotal in Automotive Application Development

24 August 2023

Aimed at facilitating the development of next generation automobile system designs, programmable logic specialist Lattice Semiconductor has just announced the automotive-focused Lattice Drive solution stack.

Encompassing reference examples, demos, IP building blocks and FPGA design tools, this adds a new dimension to the company’s portfolio of application-specific software resources by enabling vehicle-related applications to be addressed. These include in-cabin infotainment display connectivity and data processing (supporting display resolutions up to 4K, and with DisplayPort bit rates reaching 8.1Gbps per lane), as well as ADAS sensor bridging and processing, plus low power zonal bridging functions. The multiple display connectivity capabilities incorporated mean that up to 1.5x faster DisplayPort interfacing can be realised than with competing devices of similar class. The built-in processing element means that central processing unit (CPU) workloads can be offloaded, with up to 75% lower power operation resulting.

“Combining comprehensive software solutions from the start in your application design process is critical for time-to-market acceleration,” Esam Elashmawi, Lattice’s Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer, explains. “We are excited to introduce our sixth software application-specific solution stack, Lattice Drive, delivering advanced automotive application features to make it easier than ever for our customers to develop innovative in-vehicle experiences based on our low power FPGA solutions.”

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