New FPGA enables OEMs to accelerate time-to-market of feature-rich mobile devices

05-02-2015 | Lattice | Semiconductors

Lattice Semiconductor has unveiled its new iCE40 UltraLite FPGA, which
enables manufacturers to accelerate the time-to-market of new mobile devices
that incorporate unique and compelling features.

The newest addition to Lattice's successful iCE40 Ultra product family, the
iCE40 UltraLite FPGA is the industry's most compact and lowest power device.
Its combination of exceptionally low power consumption, an extremely small
footprint and a high level of integration enable manufacturers to easily add
multiple capabilities and features to their mobile devices.

Feature include :
1 - The ability to function as a TV remote control due to its IR control and
learning mode capability.
2 - RGB LED control to simulate multi-colour breathing effects for
notification.
3 - White LED control to enable a flashlight function on smartphones.
4 - Motion gesture capability that reduces the need to use the touch screen
to awaken devices and launch applications.
5 - A high accuracy pedometer that requires very little power.
6 - Maximized battery life as it eliminates the need for less efficient
microcontrollers and can minimize the use of devices' power-hungry
application processors.

"Our new iCE40 UltraLite device is the latest example of our commitment to
enable manufacturers to continually enhance their smartphones, wearables and
other mobile devices to improve the user experience and to compete in a
crowded marketplace," said Keith Bladen, vice president of marketing,
Lattice. "Compelling features such as remote control, barcode, pedometer,
power management and many other capabilities make the iCE40 UltraLite device
ideal for size constrained, power sensitive and cost-conscious mobile
devices, for both the consumer and industrial hand-held markets."

Fujitsu's Hardware Development Center Mobile Phones Unit senior manager,
added: "We anticipate that Lattice Semiconductors' new iCE40 UltraLite
device will enable us to shorten the development times of our future mobile
and wearable platforms. The ultra-low power requirements of the iCE40
UltraLite device combined with its extremely small footprint will also allow
us to enhance the functional flexibility of our wearables at a lower cost
compared to ASIC developments."

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