Three new complete reference designs have been released by Lattice Semiconductor Corporation that aim to simplify the integration of media-rich experiences for end users. This is enabled via a MIPI (Mobile Industry Processor Interface) camera, application processor, and display technologies.
The company has released FPGA-based reference designs that speed the roll out of next-generation products that deliver the latest in display, image and motion features but at a lower cost and without being to battery intensive.
The company advises that by using these new reference designs, it is possible to use image sensors that are not designed for the mobile market. As an example, a high end smartphone could incorporate a DSLR type camera. In this case, the image sensor is bridged to a MIPI-based applications processor via an FPGA. The inverse is also true where MIPI-based components can be linked to non-MIPI based processors or SoCs.
OEMs need to provide end-users with a media-rich experience across all their electronic devices. To deliver on this, manufacturers prefer to leverage mobile display, applications processor, or camera components, but the interfaces for these low cost system components often present a challenge,” said Ted Marena, Director of Solutions Marketing at Lattice.
“But until MIPI becomes the dominant interface for the broad market, customers are going to need a bridge between different interface technologies. Now Lattice can provide complete reference designs that make adding MIPI to any system much easier.”
As every system architecture is unique, each of the three new reference designs, as well as the previously announced CSI-2 receive bridge, includes a configuration form available on the company’s web site. This allows designers to specify the interfaces they need and receive an HDL netlist targeting a MachXO2 or LatticeECP3 FPGA.