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08 November 2010

Lattice Semiconductor has unveiled its new MachXO2 PLD family
Lattice Semiconductor has unveiled its new MachXO2 PLD family

Lattice Semiconductor has unveiled its new MachXO2 PLD family.

This offers designers of low-density PLDs a mix of low cost, low power and high system integration in a single device.

Built on a low power 65nm process featuring embedded Flash technology, the MachXO2 family delivers a three-fold increase in logic density, a ten times increase in embedded memory, more than a 100x reduction in static power and up to 30% lower cost compared to the MachXO PLD family.

In addition, several popular functions used in low-density PLD applications, such as User Flash Memory (UFM), I2C, SPI and timer/counter, have been hardened into the MachXO2 devices, providing designers with a ‘Do-it-All-PLD’ for high volume, cost sensitive designs.

“Through the use of 65nm embedded Flash technology, we have reduced costs and increased functionality for our traditional customers in the computing, industrial and telecommunication infrastructure markets, while dramatically reducing power consumption for designers of consumer equipment,” said Gordon Hands, Director of Marketing for Low Density and Mixed Signal Solutions. “Many early access customers are already evaluating and designing with MachXO2 devices in a broad range of applications.”

The MachXO2 family offers three options for maximum flexibility. MachXO2 ZE devices range from 256 to 7K look-up tables (LUTs), operate off a nominal 1.2V power supply, and support system performance up to 60MHz.

With power specified as low as 19uW and packages as small as 2.5mm x 2.5mm, the MachXO2 ZE devices are optimised for cost-sensitive, low power consumer design applications such as smart phones, GPS devices and PDAs.

MachXO2 HC devices range from 256 to 7K LUTs, operate off a nominal 3.3V or 2.5V power supply, and support system performance up to 150MHz. Offering up to 335 user I/O and a robust design solution (instant-on, non-volatile, input hysteresis and single-chip), these devices are suitable for control applications in end markets such as telecommunications infrastructure, computing, industrial and medical equipment.

MachXO2 HE devices range from 2K to 7K LUTs, operate off a nominal 1.2V power supply and support system performance up to 150MHz. These devices are optimised for power sensitive system applications.

Customers can start designing with MachXO2 devices using Lattice Diamond v1.1 software, which can be downloaded for free from the Lattice website:
http://www.latticesemi.com/latticediamond/downloads/

Existing ispLEVER software users have the option to use the free ispLEVER v8.1 SP1 Starter software, downloadable from the Lattice web site, with an installed control pack: http://www.latticesemi.com/starter.

In order to enable quick and efficient design and deployment of commonly used functions in system and consumer applications, more than 20 reference designs using MachXO2 devices can be downloaded for free from the Lattice website: http://www.latticesemi.com/referencedesigns.

In addition, Lattice plans to make available two development kits that accelerate the evaluation of MachXO2 devices.

MachXO2 LCMXO2-1200ZE and LCMXO2-1200HC devices are available now as Alpha samples, with engineering sample devices scheduled to be available in December 2010 and production devices available in March 2011.

All members of the MachXO2 family are expected to be shipping in production by the end of Q3 2011.


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