Mobile designers can now add programmable digital hardware feature into their design with only 3x3mm real estate available on the PCB. FPGA maker Lattice Semiconductor targets the mobile electronics market by launching iCE40 LP384 FPGA in packages as small as 2.5 mm x 2.5 mm with a migration path to 2.0 mm x 2.0 mm; and is priced less than 50 cents per unit in multi-million unit quantities. The new small footprint FPGA is suggested for applications such as portable medical monitors, smartphones, digital cameras, eReaders, and compact embedded systems. iCE40 LP384 FPGA has 384 LUTs; consumes 25-Microwatts static core power.
"While system footprints continue to shrink, designers must constantly search for new ways to add more functionality so they can process more information," said Brent Przybus, Senior Director of Corporate and Product Marketing at Lattice Semiconductor. "The iCE40 LP384 FPGA offers the perfect architecture for capturing and processing large amounts of data at hardware speeds while using very little power and board space. It deftly handles system tasks such as managing sensor interfaces, adapting to new interface standards, and offloading the CPU without requiring fully custom-designed chips."New Applications Drive Hardware Innovation
The iCE40 LP384 devices are available in sample quantities for customers beginning design evaluation. Present packaging options include: 32-pin QFNs (5.0 mm x 5.0 mm); 36-ball ucBGAs (2.5 mm x 2.5 mm); and 49-pin ucBGAs (3.0 mm x 3.0 mm).