June 3, 2011

Back to the Drawing Board

Intel's New Tablet, er... Laptop and a New Day for Lattice Semiconductor

by Amelia Dalton

In this week's Fish Fry, my special guest is Lattice Semiconductor's new CEO Darin Billerbeck who has some very interesting things to say about the FPGA market and Lattice's cultural transformation. 

And, in keeping with the Lattice theme, you'll want to jump into the competition for this week's awesome nerdy giveaway - a Lattice ECP3 Versa Development Kit, and as usual you'll need to tune in to find out how to win.

Also this week, I dig into the details of the new Intel Ultrabook unveiled at Computex and try to find out why the heck other folks are calling this thing a tablet.

If you like the idea of this new series be sure to drop a comment in the box below.


Watch Previous Fish Frys

Fish Fry Links - June 3, 2011

Kevin Morris' article: Leading Lattice - Billerbeck Steers a Fresh Course

Texas Memory Systems

Lattice ECP3 Versa Development Kit 


Amelia, the ECP3 and MachXO2 are useful technology steps. We have been using Lattice CPLDs for years and the XO/XO2 are powerful enough to instantiate a processor, okay so it is best suited for an eight bitter, but at least we can play games with the state machine that would be difficult in standard fabric. The ECP3 on the other hand can provide the glue logic necessary in mid-range embedded instrumentation. Run 32 bit soft-core processors, add USB and Ethernet connectivity and run PCIe. These are the interfaces of choice for embedded instrumentation. Let's get started.
Posted on June 03, 2011 at 10:03 PM
Lord Loh. Great Board smiling With the SERDES, the FPGA and Ethernet ports etc, if I had the board, I'd feel tempted to attempt a peer to peer VoIP phone. Just dial an IP address and start talking!
Posted on June 04, 2011 at 1:58 AM
By utilising the ethernet interface together with the Mico32 Soft-Processor Core to encript/decript all communications using PGP or similar, ultra-secure AND fast communications would be possible.
Posted on June 04, 2011 at 5:48 PM
As Darin Billerbeck said going forward more and more FPGAs are going to become application specific based and these FPGAs will catch up with low & medium range ASICs. We are using ECP3XX with 4 transreciver in our new project reason cost, we are getting 4 transreciver which we will using for G/HD/SD SDI. The cost of this perticular FPGA is $15. National Semiconductor has an ASIC with single 3G/HD/SD SDI transreciver which cost $20. I think Lattice has come up with some excellent low & medium range FPGA with some good IPs with very competative pricing.
Posted on June 05, 2011 at 6:21 PM
What about an intelligent video surveillance system
Posted on June 06, 2011 at 4:43 AM
krotar Ever since I got a free 10" LCD screen at DesignCon this year, I have been wanting to build some kind of portable media player for my son - well, okay for myself (I would share!). It would be fun to do see what kind of video processing I could do on a platform like this as well.
Posted on June 07, 2011 at 8:08 PM
I would attempt to implement an audio processing and analyzer system, offloading the host processor and assuring real time. Thanks!
Posted on June 10, 2011 at 2:52 PM
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