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Lattice Semiconductor has announced the availability of five intellectual property suites to accelerate the design of electronic systems in a variety of industries using the LatticeECP3 FPGA family.

The five suites are PCI Express, Ethernet Networking, Digital Signal Processing, Video and Display, and Value.

Lattice intellectual property (IP) suites are economical packages of IP cores that allow designers to conveniently obtain critical functions for their applications.

The suites offer ready-made building blocks for solving a variety of problems, such as high-speed data transfer, Ethernet networking, high-speed memory interfaces, digital signal processing and video pixel processing.

The IP suites are said to allow design engineers to quickly build wireline, wireless, embedded, industrial, compute, video and display, and consumer systems.

Lattice is offering a limited-quantity promotion on a complete set of design tools to encourage customers to build their next-generation systems with Lattice ECP3 FPGAs.

The LatticeECP3 FPGA is a mid-range FPGA with high-calibre Serdes, full-featured DSP blocks, and DDR3 memory support.

The limited-quantity promotion includes five IP suits, the Lattice Diamond Design software subscription license, and the LatticeECP3 PCI Express Development Kit, and is available for a first-year subscription of USD99 (GBP61) each.

In addition, for high-speed system design applications, Lattice is offering a promotion on its PCI Express development kit.

The kit is available for USD499 during the limited-quantity promotion.

Customers can select any combination of the promotions to build a design package suitable for their applications.

Lattice IP suites are a range of interoperable LatticecoreIP cores optimised for Lattice device architectures that enable various technology-specific applications.

The IPexpress tool within the Lattice Diamond Design environment allows customers to access the latest IP cores from the Lattice IP server and configure them.

All Lattice IP can be fully evaluated prior to the purchase.

In the free evaluation mode, customers can fully configure an IP, integrate it in their designs, perform full verification, and even run it in hardware for a limited time.

Purchase of an annual node-locked IP suite license enables the member IP to operate in hardware for an unlimited time.

The node-locked license can be used on multiple designs or projects over a one-year period.

The components of the LatticeECP3 PCI Express development kit have been configured to work together to enable fast system evaluation and design.

With the help of step-by-step instructions, designers can expect to have a demo running in as little as 30 minutes, and a design validated in less than two hours.

Features of the LatticeECP3 PCI Express development kit include: a highly optimised, low-cost PCI Express solutions board that enables both x1 and x4 endpoint evaluation and design; a variety of demo executables – basic demo for control plane applications, throughput demo for high-bandwidth applications, colour bar demo and an image transfer demo – that show how to address different design performance requirements; IP cores for evaluation – PCI Express Endpoint in x1 and x4 versions and Scatter Gather; and device drivers for Windows and Linux platforms.

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