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The Life of an Extraordinary Lattice Employee

The Life of an Extraordinary Lattice Employee

Posted 01/08/2018 by Ryan Short

On December 21, 1983, a young engineer with a long mullet and bell-bottoms flew to Portland, Oregon to join a start-up, Lattice Semiconductor, as employee #31. He left a steady job at Harris Corp. in Melbourne, Florida to go where he thought he could have the most significant impact. Lattice was a using an EEPROM technology that he had an idea for.

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The Evolution of Computing

The Evolution of Computing

Posted 12/19/2017 by Darin Billerbeck, President and CEO, Lattice Semiconductor

The first “computer” I ever owned was a slide rule. By today’s standards you could say my pencil served as my terminal and the slide rule was my computing agent. People laugh about it now, but my trusty slide rule served its purpose. In the business world, server-based computing was all the rage. Those early systems represented some of the first centralized computing architectures.

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Not Your Father’s FPGA

Not Your Father’s FPGA

Posted 11/21/2017 by Doug Hunter

I keep running into engineers who say “we can’t use FPGAs because they are too big, power hungry, and expensive!” While that’s true for many FPGAs, there are some FPGAs which defy the size, power, and cost stereotype. Thanks to these pioneers, FPGAs are no longer limited to network centers and are now becoming pervasive in edge devices you interact with daily.

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Solving Embedded Challenges

Solving the Embedded Challenge of Too Many Signals and Interfaces

Posted 11/07/2017 by Joel Coplen

Building designs around state of the art microcontrollers and embedded processors brings along a specific challenge: not enough I/Os and interfaces. Today’s embedded systems have more real-time data and control requirements than ever.

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Improved FPGA Designs with Diamond 3.10

Improved FPGA Designs with Diamond 3.10

Posted 10/24/2017 by Choon-Hoe Yeoh

In our continuous quest to provide our users with the best design tools possible, we are very excited to announce the latest release of the Lattice Diamond software. The Diamond 3.10 software continues to focus on low power consumption with various power-aware design methods, supports a broader range of automotive products, and offers increased productivity and better user experience via the improved logic analyzer tool.

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A Modular Approach to Embedded Vision Prototyping

A Modular Approach to Embedded Vision Prototyping

Posted 10/10/2017 by Dirk Seidel

Imagine you’ve been given the responsibility to develop a new video bridging solution. Initially, you have a specific application in mind, but as cameras emerge in a growing number of intelligent applications, ranging from object recognition and depth perception to lane detection and collision avoidance, you know you will need prototypes for a wider variety of functions.

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Power Management 2.0

Power Management 2.0

Posted 08/01/2017 by Shyam Chandra

In this 6 part series we are looking at the challenges of implementing an efficient power management architecture in today’s complex circuit board designs.

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Machine Vision: Letting My Device See Me

Machine Vision: Letting My Device See Me

Posted 07/18/2017 by Jatinder (JP) Singh

The first time I read Isaac Asimov's I, Robot as a teenager, I was instantly fascinated by the humanoid robots in the stories. These machines could see, hear and interact with the surrounding world with human-like abilities. These astonishing capabilities fed my imagination. I even recall asking my dad if these machines could really “see.” Now, as an engineer, I understand the importance of machine vision and the power of "sight” for robotics.

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Power Management using a Control PLD with on-chip ADC

Power Management using a Control PLD with on-chip ADC

Posted 05/09/2017 by Shyam Chandra

In our 5th post, we will look at one final attempt to develop an efficient power management solution for a modern circuit board. In this model we have come full circle. The control PLD is back in charge of all power management functions.

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Simplify Multi-Camera Designs with CrossLink

Simplify Multi-Camera Designs with CrossLink

Posted 03/14/2017 by Tom Watzka

CSI-2 cameras are a hot commodity. Driven by new regulations requiring backup cameras on new cars and continual improvements in camera-based Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) functions, the global vehicle camera market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11 percent between 2015 and 2020. Growth in the camera market is also driven by the rapidly escalating use of drones, which market research firm Radiant Insights expects to jump from $2B in 2016 to over $21B by 2022.

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