Embedded vision optimized FPGAs target automotive applications

April 12, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Embedded vision optimized FPGA targets automotive applications
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation has expanded its Lattice Crosslink-NX FPGA family with new devices specified for automotive applications such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems.

The new CrossLink-NX FPGAs, says the company, bring best-in-class low power, small form factor, high-performance I/O, and reliability to embedded vision applications for today's technologically advanced automobiles. The CrossLink-NX FPGAs are offered as currently the only FPGAs in their class to support embedded MIPI D-PHY interfaces with speeds up to 10 Gbps.

The automotive industry is increasingly adopting new technologies to enhance vehicle functionality, with the ADAS sensor market alone predicted to grow to $40.8 billion in 2030, at an 11.7 percent CAGR between 2020 and 2030, according to P&S Intelligence. Many of these radar, LiDAR, and camera sensors are based on the MIPI interface to leverage the economies of scale MIPI devices provide because of their use in billions of mobile devices over the years.

“As automotive systems grow in capability and complexity, the number of integrated sensors and displays increases. This presents a challenge to automotive system designers that need to quickly and reliably process image data to deliver real-time performance to enable a compelling, and safety-focused, user experience,” said Jay Aggarwal, Director of Silicon Product Marketing, Lattice. “With support for automotive operating temperatures, class-leading dedicated high-performance MIPI interfaces, low power consumption, and high reliability, these new CrossLink-NX FPGAs are an ideal platform for automotive embedded vision systems.”

A key feature of the new FPGAs is AEC-Q100 qualification up to Grade 2 (TA = 105° C) and a Soft Error Rate (SER) up to 100 times lower than similar competing FPGAs make CrossLink-NX FPGAs a compelling choice for mission-critical applications that must operate safely and reliably in challenging environments.

Built on the Lattice Nexus FPGA platform, which leverages an FD-SOI manufacturing process and FPGA architectural innovations to boost power efficiency, CrossLink-NX FPGAs deliver up to 75 percent lower power consumption in comparison to similar competing FPGAs. This low power consumption provides extra thermal headroom for ADAS and IVI applications running at higher temperatures.

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