SOURCE: Lattice Semiconductor Corporation

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation

March 01, 2012 00:00 ET

Lattice Announces Upgraded HDR-60 Video Camera Development Kit Featuring New GUI From Helion

Dramatically Increases Productivity; Slashes Design Cycle

HILLSBORO, OR--(Marketwire - Mar 1, 2012) - At the Embedded World show in Nuremberg, Germany, February 28 - March 1, Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced an upgrade to the Lattice HDR-60 Video Camera Development Kit, now enhanced with a Helion Graphical User Interface (GUI).

Originally released in February 2011, the production-ready Lattice HDR-60 Video Camera Development Kit is based upon the LatticeECP3™ FPGA family. Pre-loaded with a plug-and-play evaluation Image Signal Processing (ISP) pipeline based on Intellectual Property (IP) Cores from Lattice partner Helion GmbH, the kit reduces design time for embedded camera applications. The IP is capable of delivering 1080p performance at 60 frames per second with 2D noise reduction and High Dynamic Range (HDR). With a form factor designed to fit into commercially available camera housings and capable of supporting two sensors simultaneously, the Kit enables rapid evaluation and prototyping of high-definition HDR video cameras for security and surveillance, traffic control, video conferencing and automotive applications. Schematics and layout files are available free to all purchasers, further accelerating time to market.

The Lattice HDR-60 will now sport a new GUI developed by Helion, making it even easier for customers to evaluate and configure the IP. Customers will be able to change the target brightness, speed and algorithm of auto-exposure, choose between manual and automatic auto white balance with red-blue ratio control, change gamma and CCM values on the fly and adjust the position and transparency of overlays.

"As a leader in imaging solutions, we are honored to partner with Lattice. We supplied industry-leading imaging IP for the first generation of the Lattice HDR-60 Video Camera Development Kit and we are now providing our fully featured GUI giving designs an enhanced user experience," said Dr. Arndt Bussmann, Chief Technology Officer of Helion. "Our first ISP release for the Lattice HDR-60 enabled customers to combine their desired IP in a very flexible manner with the LatticeMico32™ microprocessor. The new GUI addresses customers' desire to configure and setup the IP for evaluation via an easy-to-use and flexible interface. We are excited to continue to enhance our IP offering for the LatticeECP3 devices. Internal benchmarks in our labs, with our native coded modules on different FPGAs from different vendors, demonstrated the LatticeECP3 leads in speed, low gate count, low cost and low power consumption for Image Signal Processing applications."

The GUI can be used on Windows and Linux platforms, with support for different sensors including the Aptina AR0331 and MT9M024 and others. Beginning March 19, 2012, Lattice customers will be able to download the HDR-60 GUI for free from the Lattice website at

"The LatticeECP3 FPGA family, together with our development kit and reference designs, provides a packaged solution for the rapid development of HD camera applications, reducing design time from weeks or months to days," said Niladri Roy, Lattice Senior Manager for Vertical Markets. "The new GUI makes the engineer's job even easier, delivering ease-of-use while improving design accuracy, further enhancing the user experience."

Pricing and Availability
The enhanced GUI will be available for download March 19, 2012, at no additional charge to current and new customers of the Lattice HDR-60 Video Camera Development Kit.

About Helion GmbH
Located in Duisburg, Germany, Helion offers a wide variety of engineering and consulting services in the field of CMOS image sensor technology and TFT display systems. Based on many years of practical experience in research and camera development, Helion offers camera manufacturers a wide variety of services to make development easy, fast and flexible.

Helion develops and manufactures customized digital camera systems. Their diversified technical expertise ranges from product design and development to volume manufacturing. Helion offers advanced image preprocessing IP like the IONOS video pipelines and the unique High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI) BLENDFEST technology to develop fast and powerful camera systems while achieving high image quality. Helion is a member of the Lattice LEADER Design Services Partners and LatticeCORE Connection Partner IP programs. For more information, visit

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    Vice President Corporate Marketing
    Lattice Semiconductor Corporation