Update: Lattice Semiconductor to Acquire SiliconBlue (Dec 09, 2011)
- Increased performance and logic capacity bring ASIC-like capabilities to mobile product designers
- New P-Series devices designed for functions such as video multiplexing, video scaling and image processing and control for color reflective displays
Barcelona, February 15, 2010 - SiliconBlue® Technologies, the leader in ultra-low power, single-chip SRAM FPGAs, today announced their new iCE65 P-Series mobileFPGA devices. The P-Series devices extend the iCE65 family architecture by adding performance enhancements such as 30% faster I/O, PLLs (phase-locked loops) and by offering over 12,000 logic cells. These enhancements support applications such as video scaling and multiplexing for multi-display applications up to 720p HD, and complex functions such as timing control and color space manipulation for color reflective displays. Static power consumption remains below 50µA, ideal for preserving battery life.
According to Forward Concepts, over the next four years smartbooks are forecast to dramatically outgrow netbooks with over 60 million units predicted to ship in 2014. In that same year, Credit Suisse predicts that over 32 million eReaders will ship. During this period of explosive growth, vendors will seek to aggressively introduce differentiating features to gain market share. By utilizing iCE65 mobileFPGA devices, designers can utilize existing mobile application platforms and add differentiating features such as multiple displays and color, eliminating a full system design and validation cycle.
“Being the first to introduce innovative features is essential in emerging markets,” said Kapil Shankar, CEO of SiliconBlue. “Designers don’t have the time to wait for new application processors, nor can they afford the skyrocketing cost of custom silicon. The new P-Series devices enable designers to implement innovative and differentiating features on existing mobile application platforms, getting them to market in the shortest time possible.”
Availability and Support
The first iCE65 P-Series device will be the iCE65P04, available in two packages: CB196 and CB284, as well as Known Good Die (KGD). Customers can design with these new product/package combinations using the iCEcubeä VHDL/Verilog-based development software. ES samples and software support are available now. For more information visit: www.siliconbluetech.com
About the iCE65 mobileFPGA Device Family
iCE65 mobileFPGA devices are the premier logic solution for battery-operated applications such as smart phones, smartbooks, eReaders, portable media players, digital still cameras, and hand-held POS terminals. By combining the flexibility of FPGAs with the low cost, low power and single-chip benefits of ASICs, iCE65 devices provide a unique solution to designers facing tight power, BOM cost, and development time budgets. The family consists of the L-Series, which has been optimized for power, and the new P-Series, which improves system performance while maintaining the ASIC-like capabilities of the family.
SiliconBlue Technologies provides a new class of ultra-low power, small package, high-capacity, and low cost SRAM FPGAs designed specifically for handheld consumer applications. Manufactured on TSMC’s 65nm LP (low power) CMOS process, the iCE65 mobileFPGA family meets the capacity, power, area, and price requirements for battery-operated products. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, the company has a highly skilled team of industry experts who have been instrumental in developing and patenting many of the leading programmable logic technologies on the market today.