SOURCE: Lattice Semiconductor Corporation

November 19, 2008 08:00 ET

Lattice Enhances Industry's Leading Hardened SPI4.2 Solution Portfolio

Low Cost, Low Power SPI4.2 Cores Bolstered With Enhanced Buffer Management Features

HILLSBORO, OR--(Marketwire - November 19, 2008) - Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced that its industry-leading LatticeSCM™ FPGA family-based SPI4.2 MACO™ ("Masked Array for Cost Optimization") cores have been enhanced by adding sophisticated link layer buffer management options. Compared to competitive FPGAs, the LatticeSCM FPGA family has offered the industry's most feature-rich SPI4.2-based cores and bridge reference designs at the lowest cost, power and printed circuit board footprint. These new features enhance this solution portfolio by allowing designers the option to use a parameterizable buffer manager for applications needing per-channel bandwidth management.

"We continue to enhance our SPI4.2 solution portfolio by integrating sophisticated system-level features, while maintaining the low cost and power targets that have made Lattice a leading SPI4.2 programmable gasket solution provider," said Shakeel Peera, Director of Strategic Marketing for SRAM FPGAs. "Designers working on 10G Carrier Ethernet and Packet over SONET platforms will find these features useful as they architect systems designed around determinism and Service Level Agreement (SLA) guarantees."

The LatticeSCM FPGA platform provides designers with multiple hardened SPI4.2 cores using Lattice's exclusive MACO structured ASIC technology. MACO technology delivers pre-engineered, standard-compliant IP functions, developed by Lattice, that shorten end-system time to market and dramatically lower device cost, power and PCB footprint targets. These new features provide designers with a programmable buffer manager capable of:

--  Up to 16 separate physical FIFOs per TX/RX direction
--  Packet over-flow and error drop
--  Both store & forward as well as cut-through operation
--  Parameterizable buffer depth and thresholds
--  Dynamic channel provisioning
--  Programmable sequencer-based scheduler

Further information can be found at:

A XAUI to SPI4.2 bridge solution can found at:

About the LatticeSC and LatticeSCM FPGA Families

The Extreme Performance™ LatticeSC™ FPGA family provides the unsurpassed performance and connectivity that is essential for high-speed applications. Fabricated on Fujitsu's 90nm CMOS process technology utilizing 300mm wafers, LatticeSC FPGAs are packed with features that accelerate chip-to-chip, chip-to-memory, high-speed serial, backplane and network data path connectivity.

Integrated into the LatticeSC devices are high-channel count SERDES blocks supporting 3.8Gbps data rates, PURESPEED™ parallel I/O providing industry-leading 2Gbps speed, innovative clock management structures, FPGA logic operating at 500MHz and massive amounts of block RAM. Lattice's unique Masked Array for Cost Optimization (MACO) embedded structured ASIC blocks are available on the LatticeSCM devices, delivering pre-engineered, standard-compliant IP functions such as high-speed Memory Controllers, SPI4.2, Ethernet MACs and PCI Express control functions developed by Lattice to shorten end-system time to market.

About Lattice Semiconductor

Lattice is the source for innovative FPGA, CPLD and Mixed Signal programmable logic solutions. For more information, visit

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    Brian Kiernan
    Corporate Communications Manager
    Lattice Semiconductor Corporation
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