Lattice Brings Embedded Vision Optimized FPGA to Automotive Applications

By Tiera Oliver

Associate Editor

Embedded Computing Design

April 05, 2021

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Lattice Brings Embedded Vision Optimized FPGA to Automotive Applications

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation expanded its Lattice Crosslink-NX family with new FPGAs specified for automotive applications such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems.

The new CrossLink-NX FPGAs are designed to bring low power, small form factor, high-performance I/O, and reliability to embedded vision applications for today's technologically advanced automobiles. Per the company, Lattice Semiconductor CrossLink-NX FPGAs are currently the only FPGAs in their class to support embedded MIPI D-PHY interfaces with speeds up to 10 Gbps.

The automotive industry is adopting new technologies to enhance vehicle functionality, with the ADAS sensor market alone predicted to grow to $40.8 billion in 2030, at an 11.7 percent CAGR between 2020 and 2030.[1]Many of these radar, LiDAR, and camera sensors are based on the MIPI interface to leverage the economies of scale MIPI devices provide because of their use in mobile devices over the years.

 

Key features of CrossLink-NX FPGAs for automotive applications include:  

  • Automotive certification and high reliability: AEC-Q100 qualification up to Grade 2 (TA = 105° C) and a Soft Error Rate (SER) up to 100 times lower than similar competing FPGAs make CrossLink-NX FPGAs an ideal choice for mission-critical applications that must operate safely and reliably in challenging environments;
  • Low power operation: Built on the Lattice Nexus FPGA platform, which leverages an FD-SOI manufacturing process and FPGA architectural innovations to boost power efficiency, CrossLink-NX FPGAs deliver up to 75 percent lower power consumption in comparison to similar competing FPGAs. This low power consumption provides extra thermal headroom for ADAS and IVI applications running at higher temperatures.
  • Performance: CrossLink-NX FPGAs deliver enhanced performance enabled by three key elements: 1. I/O support - CrossLink-NX FPGAs are well-suited for embedded vision applications thanks to support for multiple fast I/Os, including MIPI, PCIe (5 Gbps Gen 2), and DDR3 memory. 2. Instant-on performance to support applications like automotive displays where a long system boot time is unacceptable, CrossLink-NX FPGAs enable ultra-fast I/O configuration in 3 ms and total device configuration in less than 15 ms. 3. High memory-to-logic ratio – CrossLink-NX FPGAs efficiently process image data using 170 bits of memory per logic cell, the highest memory-to-logic ratio in its class.
  • Small form factor: CrossLink-NX FPGAs are up to 10 times smaller than similar competing FPGAs, making them ideal for space-constrained automotive systems that need the small ICs. 
  • Ease-of-use: To facilitate the design of FPGA-based systems, CrossLink-NX automotive FPGAs support the latest versions of the Lattice Radiant (version 2.2.1) and Lattice Propel (version 1.1) software tools to simplify and accelerate embedded vision system design. CrossLink-NX FPGAs are also supported by the Lattice mVision and sensAI solution stacks so designers can leverage the stacks’ modular hardware platforms, reference designs, neural network IP cores, and custom design services to further accelerate automotive vision system design.

For more information about these new CrossLink-NX FPGAs, visit: www.latticesemi.com/CrossLink-NX

For more information about Lattice solutions for automotive systems, visit www.latticesemi.com/en/Solutions/SolutionCategories/Automotive

[1] https://www.psmarketresearch.com/market-analysis/adas-sensor-market

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Tiera Oliver, Associate Editor for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits, product news, and constructing stories. She also assists with newsletter updates as well as contributing and editing content for ECD podcasts and the ECD YouTube channel. Before working at ECD, Tiera graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.S. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university’s student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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