San Francisco, Calif. - Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) today introduced at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) a low-cost development kit that provides a complete reference design for USB 3.0-enabled video bridges. The new Lattice USB 3.0 Video Bridge Development Kit simplifies integration of USB 3.0 audio and High-Definition (HD) video connectivity for a wide range of applications, leveraging the LatticeECP3™ FPGA family and the Cypress EZ-USB® FX3™ USB 3.0 peripheral controller. Cypress and Lattice will demonstrate the kit at IDF in Cypress booth number 780 from September 9-11.
USB 3.0 delivers 5-Gbps bandwidth that enables streaming of HD video without requiring compression, which degrades image quality. The Lattice USB 3.0 Video Bridge Development Kit includes all of the hardware and software needed to develop USB 3.0 cameras, frame grabbers, machine vision systems, surveillance equipment, and other audio/video USB 3.0 converter systems. With the LatticeECP3 FPGA, the kit supports high speed reception and packing of video and audio data into USB 3.0 UVC and UAC data frames without the use of external memory buffers. The kit leverages the flexibility of the FX3 solution to support parallel, MIPI CSI-2, and LVDS camera interfacing, as well as HDMI and SDI audio/video formats. The kit is available now for purchase at the Lattice store.
"This new Lattice video bridge solution offers a complete reference design that will help designers get top-performance HD video products to market faster," said Mark Fu, senior marketing director of the USB 3.0 Business Unit at Cypress. "USB 3.0 has opened up robust HD video for a broad range of applications. Our programmable FX3 solution delivers unmatched design flexibility to integrate USB 3.0 into next-generation products."
"The key benefits of the Lattice USB 3.0 Video Bridge Development Kit include flexibility in terms of supported audio and video interface standards, scalability of input- and pre-processing options, and the production readiness of a small form factor, low cost reference design," said Jim Tavacoli, senior director of product and segment marketing at Lattice.
About EZ-USB FX3
EZ-USB FX3 is the industry's only programmable USB 3.0 peripheral controller. It is equipped with a highly configurable General Programmable Interface (GPIF™ II), which can be programmed in 8-, 16-, and 32-bit configurations. GPIF II allows FX3 to communicate directly with application processors, FPGAs, storage media, and image sensors and provides a data transfer rate of up to 400 Megabytes per second, while using lower power than alternative solutions. FX3 provides SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity to virtually any system. The on-chip ARM9 CPU core with 512 KB RAM delivers 200 MIPS of computational power and is available for applications that require local data processing. Additionally, FX3 provides SPI, UART, I2C and I2S interfaces to connect to serial peripherals. In short, FX3 provides highly flexible and integrated features that enable developers to add USB 3.0 connectivity to any system.
EZ-USB FX3 is in volume production now and is available in two packages: a 121-ball BGA (10 mm x 10 mm) and a space saving 131-ball Wafer-Level Chip Scale Package (WLCSP) with dimensions of 4.7 mm x 5.1 mm. More information on Cypress's USB 3.0 portfolio is available at www.cypress.com/usb or by contacting Cypress at firstname.lastname@example.org.