FPGA reference designs span security, crypto, machine learning

June 28, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
FPGA reference designs span security, crypto, machine learning
Lattice Semiconductor, with a series of reference designs, says it is delivering “machine learning and sensor-to-cloud security solutions for intelligence at the edge”. The designs for the iCE40 UltraPlus devices support LoRa communication, ECC security, signal aggregation, machine learning & graphics acceleration

With these reference designs, customers are equipped with additional resources to accelerate the development of differentiated and innovative products. The iCE40 UltraPlus is a highly energy-efficient computing solution for sensor stitching and repetitive number crunching, suiting it for offloading power-hungry application processors in battery-powered devices. Lattice’s small form factor, low cost and low power FPGAs offer enhanced memory and more DSPs to improve system performance and extend battery life.


Built upon existing IP and paired with the new reference designs, the iCE40 UltraPlus underpins a complete solution for enabling sensor-to-cloud security and acceleration at the edge, for performing functions such as data capturing, aggregation, encryption, processing and transmission. Key applications for the new iCE40 UltraPlus FPGA reference designs include:


· Machine Learning / On-device Artificial Intelligence – Employs trained neural network algorithms for always-on, low power human face detection using a low resolution image sensor


· Graphics Acceleration – Supports always-on graphics such as clocks in mobile and wearable device displays at ultra-low power, while the application processor is dormant


· ECC Security – Encrypts sensor data before transmission to the Cloud or setup an authenticated communications protocol between two systems


· LoRa – Controls a LoRa compatible radio to send processed sensor data miles away


Lattice adds, “With improved DSP performance, flexible I/Os and increased memory for buffering, the iCE40 UltraPlus brings added intelligence to smartphones and IoT Edge products, and security to the Cloud.”


The iCE40 UltraPlus is the latest addition to the iCE40 Ultra family, delivering eight times more memory (1.1 Mbit RAM), twice the digital signal processors (8x DSPs), and improved I/Os over previous generations.


Lattice; www.latticesemi.com/en/Products/FPGAandCPLD/iCE40Ultra.aspx


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