LeCroy and Lattice team up to show leadership in generation/test/analysis of serial data streams
HILLSBORO, Oregon - April 28, 2003 - Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:LSCC), the leading supplier of integrated programmable logic and SERDES solutions, and LeCroy Corporation (NASDAQ:LCRY), a leading supplier of digital storage oscilloscopes and waveform digitizer instrumentation, today announced that Lattice's Briefcase Evaluation Platform will be used to showcase LeCroy's SDA family of Serial Data Analyzers, featuring LeCroy's proprietary X-Stream Technology. The SDA family from LeCroy is the first fully integrated test system designed specifically for evaluating physical layer characteristics of both optical and electrical serial data signals at up to 3.5 Gbits/sec. The Briefcase Evaluation Platform houses Lattice's ORT82G5 Field-Programmable System Chip (FPSC) which includes an 8-channel SERDES core (serializer/deserializer) that generates serial data signals at up to 3.7Gbps, providing ample performance to demonstrate the full range of the SDA Analyzers' leading-edge capabilities. Among the standards supported by Lattice's Briefcase Evaluation Platform that can be tested with the SDA are XAUI, Gigabit Ethernet, SONET/SDH, Rapid I/O, PCI-Express and Fibre Channel.
"We came to Lattice because they have an excellent SERDES offering. With their ORT82G5 FPSC in a robust evaluation platform we'll be able to demonstrate the unprecedented analysis capabilities of our SDA family at the high end of the serial data stream spectrum," commented Dr. Mike Lauterbach, director--product management at LeCroy. "We're joining the best-in-class SERDES with the best-in-class serial data analyzers for an extremely powerful testing environment," Lauterbach added.
"Lattice is pleased to provide LeCroy with its new Briefcase Evaluation Platform to demonstrate how well their sophisticated SDA family performs for extreme high-speed testing and verification," responded Stan Kopec, vice president of marketing at Lattice. "For a leading-edge test and measurement company like LeCroy to select our platform to demonstrate their state-of-the-art technology is an important endorsement of Lattice Semiconductor technology. Lattice's SERDES technology leads the programmable logic industry in terms of maximum bit rate, transmitter jitter, receiver jitter tolerance and power consumption per channel."
Details of the Lattice Briefcase Evaluation Platform and ORT82G5 FPSC Device
The Briefcase Evaluation Platform is designed to electrically and mechanically support easy field demonstration of Lattice's ORT82G5 FPSC device. The device combines optimized embedded core functions together with flexible, general-purpose FPGA logic. In addition to its eight SERDES cores each running at up to 3.7Gbits/sec, the ORT82G5 includes embedded XAUI and Fibre-Channel state machines, bypassable 8B/10B encoding/decoding support plus multi-channel alignment capability. A flexible field programmable gate array (FPGA) section on each device provides over 600,000 programmable system gates that can be programmed to support any system bus interface or application-specific protocol processing needed.
Details of the LeCroy Serial Data Analyzers
The SDA series allows design and test engineers who work with serial data streams to capture, view, measure and analyze these signals with industry leading accuracy. The SDA series incorporates the award winning LeCroy X-Stream technology which optimizes analysis throughput and allows the user to insert customized measurements in the processing chain of the SDA. The SDA is the only instrument that can capture a serial data stream of up to eight million bits in a single shot, with zero deadtime, analyze all the bit shapes and report which ones failed the test standard, pointing out the exact location in the data stream of each failure. Tests can be made of eye patterns, jitter parameters (including random and deterministic jitter contributions), intersymbol interference, bit error rate and other application specific tests for serial data streams. When not in use as a serial data analyzer, the SDA series instruments are also the world's most powerful real time digital scopes. Bandwidths of 6 GHz, 5 GHz and 3 GHz are available. Maximum sampling rate of all instruments is 20 Gs/s and these instruments can be equipped with an industry leading 50 million points of data acquisition memory per channel. Altogether, the SDA series represents the finest instruments available to verify proper operation of a serial data circuit, or to troubleshoot problems.
About LeCroy Corporation
LeCroy Corporation, headquartered in Chestnut Ridge, New York, develops, manufactures and markets electronic signal acquisition and analysis products and services. The Company leverages its core competency of "WaveShape Analysis," the analysis of complex electronic signals. Today, its primary products are high-performance digital oscilloscopes, which are used by design engineers and researchers in a broad range of industries, including electronics, computers and communications.
About Lattice Semiconductor Corporation
Oregon-based Lattice Semiconductor Corporation designs, develops and markets the broadest range of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), Field Programmable System Chips (FPSCs) and high-performance ISPTM programmable logic devices (PLDs). Lattice offers total solutions for today's system designs by delivering the most innovative programmable silicon products that embody leading-edge system expertise.
Lattice products are sold worldwide through an extensive network of independent sales representatives and distributors, primarily to OEM customers in the fields of communication, computing, computer peripherals, instrumentation, industrial controls and military systems. Company headquarters are located at 5555 NE Moore Court, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124 USA; Telephone 503-268-8000, FAX 503-268-8037. For more information on Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, access our World Wide Web site at http://www.latticesemi.com.
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