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Date: 07/05/2023

Lattice packs more flash and hard IP and secures its new MachXO5T-NX FPGA

The new FPGA from Lattice looks to outperform competing FPGAs from other vendors in the same category, as per company's claims in the product release. The new FPGA chip from Lattice, this author talking about in this article is Lattice MachXO5T-NX. Lattice able to integrate more memory and some hardened IP.

To provide better system reliability and to support safety critical applications, Lattice MachXO5T-NX is designed to deliver 100x lesser soft error rate compared to competing FPGAs of same category. Lattice MachXO5T-NX embeds 57Mb user Flash memory, a lot more than similar-class competing FPGAs. Even the on-chip embedded memory is claimed to be 3.4 times more than competing FPGAs.

Lattice MachXO5T-NX integrates hardened PCI express gen2 interfaces between the host processor and the control FPGA.
Lattice MachXO5T-NX offers up to 291 general purpose I/Os supporting early I/O configuration and features such as 1.25 Gbps SGMII, default pull-down, hot socketing, and programmable slew rate enabling simple printed circuit board design.

The new security features in MachXO5T-NX includes On-chip multi-boot with bitstream encryption (AES256) and authentication (ECC256).

Suggested applications for Lattice MachXO5T-NX includes enterprise networking, machine vision, and industrial IoT.

“As the pace of technological innovation accelerates and system management designs become more complex, the need for advanced processing capabilities increases,” said Dan Mansur, Vice President, Product Marketing, Lattice Semiconductor. “Lattice MachXO5T-NX FPGAs equip our customers with more capacity, faster I/O, and enhanced security features in the low power, small size envelopes to help them simplify system integration while maintaining power efficiency, compatibility, and performance.”

Todd R. Weiss, Technology analyst from Futurum Research has reviewed this product and he writes "Lattice Semiconductor has been building out its collection of low-power programmable Lattice Nexus FPGAs since Q4 of 2019, when the company released its first Nexus CrossLink-NX FPGAs for enhanced embedded vision uses. Since that time Lattice has released four more Nexus FPGA models through Q2 of 2022 before debuting this first advanced system control FPGA, the all new Lattice MachXO5T-NX model, on April 18."
More of his views can be found at: https://futurumresearch.com/research-notes/lattice-semiconductor-unveils-advanced-system-control-fpgas/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lattice-semiconductor-unveils-advanced-system-control-fpgas

Lattice is sampling MachXO5T-NX FPGAs. Lattice said this device supports Radiant design software.