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Friday, September 01, 2017

Modular IP cores boost video conversion in FPGAs

By Nick Flaherty

Lattice Semiconductor has developed seven new modular IP cores for its CrossLink FPGA product video bridging.

The new cores provide increased design flexibility to support consumer, industrial and automotive applications. For example, the Lattice FPAs are being used for an intelligent camera system with edge analysis capabilities.

“Our customers are asking for FPGAs with MIPI D-PHY capability to solve increasingly difficult video interface problems. Too often, they reach barriers with solutions that miss the mark on power efficiency, size and performance,” said Tom Watzka, product marketing manager at Lattice Semiconductor. “For more than a year, Lattice’s CrossLink devices and its portfolio of IP cores have delivered the tools needed to overcome these challenges. These new IP cores add to an already robust suite of tools to support quickly evolving intelligence at the edge applications.”

The CrossLink cores provide low power and compact bridging solutions without compromising performance in multiple growth markets including automotive, AR/VR and drones.

The new CrossLink modular IP cores include:

Lattice has also developed a 1:2 MIPI DSI Display Interface Bandwidth Reducer, which uses come of the new cores to bridge an input video stream into two streams or one lower resolution stream.

The cores are available in the Clarity Designer tool in Lattice’s Diamond software, and evaluation boards with the new IP cores are available from Lattice at

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