Lattice and DCD Offer IP Support for LatticeECP and LatticeEC FPGAs

8/4/2004 - Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) and its IP partner, Digital Core Design (DCD), announced intellectual property (IP) support for the new LatticeECP-DSPTM ("EConomyPlusDSP") and LatticeECTM ("EConomy") FPGA device families. Through the ispLeverCORETM Connection program, Lattice and Digital Core Design will provide a range of complete system solutions for their mutual customers who are integrating system-level IP with the most advanced silicon architectures. The Lattice partners program is designed to allow customers to easily access and integrate approved third-party IP products using Lattice programmable devices.

"Lattice is pleased to continue our partnership with Digital Core Design, an IP company with an extensive portfolio that specializes in improved architectures for MPU/MCUs, floating point unit (FPU) co-processors, and peripherals," said Stan Kopec, Lattice vice president of corporate marketing. "DCD is also committed to providing total customer solutions, evidenced by the debugging software and hardware they've developed for their 8051 and 80390 processor cores. We're very excited by the increased IP core performance that Digital Core Design has achieved using our new ispLEVER® software," Kopec concluded.

Tomek Krzyzak, VCEO of Digital Core Design said, "Our experience using the new ispLEVER software has been very good; without question, the tools compare favorably to other leading FPGA vendors' tools. The new LatticeECPTM and LatticeEC devices are much faster than previous FPGAs, and our customers will also appreciate the low-cost, feature-rich capabilities of these new products."

LatticeECP & LatticeEC Cores from Digital Core Design Digital Core Design has ported, optimized and tested a selection of their flagship IP cores on the new Lattice FPGA devices. The initial IP cores from Digital Core Design that support the new devices, and their increased performance compared to other Lattice FPGA devices, are shown on the Lattice website:

Digital Core Design Sample IP Core Performance on Lattice FPGAs

Digital Core Design ProductORCA®4LatticeECImprovement
DI2CM: I2C Master69 MHz226 MHz+328%
DI2CS: I2C Slave97 MHz228 MHz+235%
DI2CSB: I2C Slave Base129 MHz231 MHz+179%
DSPI: Serial Peripheral Interface - Master/Slave121 MHz204 MHz+169%
DFPIC165X: 8-bit RISC MCU54 MHz64 MHz+119%

These Connection Cores are available in netlist format for immediate purchase from Digital Core Design. Digital Core Design also offers a variety of additional packaging and licensing options to suit specific customer needs. By leveraging partner products, customers can quickly implement a wide variety of functions in Lattice programmable devices.

About the LatticeECP-DSP and LatticeEC FPGA Families
Introduced June 28, 2004, the LatticeECP-DSP and LatticeEC FPGA device families are architected to provide the most optimized feature sets combined with the lowest total solution costs of any FPGAs. The new LatticeECP-DSP products, targeted for high-performance DSP applications, provide up to a 50% performance and 75% logic utilization improvement over other low-cost solutions when implementing common DSP functions. The LatticeEC FPGA product family, targeted for general-purpose FPGA applications, is a precise and targeted response to the market's explosive demand for low-cost, architecturally streamlined logic solutions. Through advanced 130nm silicon technology, an optimized architecture and proprietary circuit design, the new Lattice devices lower total solution costs by up to 30% to 50% compared with existing FPGA solutions, and are expected to broaden the adoption of FPGAs within the $20 billion ASIC marketplace.

About Digital Core Design
Digital Core Design (DCD), a privately held company founded in 1999, is a charter member of the Lattice ispLeverCORE Connection program and is a leading intellectual property provider for PLD and ASIC designers. The company provides high-quality, low-cost synthesizable IP cores in VHDL and Verilog for components such as microcontrollers, bus interfaces, arithmetic co-processors and other arithmetic components. Designed from the ground up to meet SOC requirements, DCD's products offer:

Specializing in modifications of existing popular microcontrollers and microprocessors, Digital Core Design offers new and improved microcontroller architectures that are 100% software compatible with their predecessors. The processors can be integrated with a broad range of available peripherals, including Timers, UARTs, I2C interface, SPI interface, Compare/Capture, Watchdog Timer and fixed/floating point co-processors.

Digital Core Design also specializes in the development of unique Fixed and Floating Point arithmetic co-processors, and IEEE 754 compliant pipelined floating point units, which allow for extremely fast floating point computation. Digital Core Design is located in Bytom, Poland, and sells its products through a worldwide network of distributors. Company headquarters are located at Wroclawska 94, 41-902 Bytom, POLAND; Telephone +48 32 282 82 66; FAX +48 32 282 74 37. For more information about Digital Core Design, visit their World Wide Web site

About Lattice Semiconductor
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation designs, develops and markets the broadest range of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA), Field Programmable System Chips (FPSC) and high-performance ISPTM Programmable Logic Devices (PLD), including Complex Programmable Logic Devices (CPLD), Programmable Analog Chips (PACTM), and Programmable Digital Interconnect (GDXTM). Lattice also offers industry leading SERDES products. Lattice is "Bringing the Best Together" with comprehensive solutions for today's system designs, delivering innovative programmable silicon products that embody leading-edge system expertise.

Lattice products are sold worldwide through an extensive network of independent sales representatives and distributors, primarily to OEM customers in the fields of communications, computing, computer peripherals, instrumentation, industrial controls and military systems. Company headquarters are located at 5555 NE Moore Court, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124-6421, USA; telephone 503-268-8000, fax 503-268-8037. For more information about Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, visit

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, Lattice (& design), L (& design), ISP, LatticeEC, LatticeECP, LatticeECP-DSP, ispLEVER, ispLeverCORE, ORCA, GDX, PAC and specific product designations are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries.

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