Lattice, Genesys, Northwest Logic Debut Programmable PCI Express Solution

10/27/2005 - Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) has announced the immediate availability of an extremely low cost programmable PCI Express solution that incorporates the LatticeECP and LatticeEC FPGA devices, the Genesys Logic GL9711 PCI Express PHY, and Northwest Logicís PCI Express IP core. Northwest Logic, the newest member of the Lattice ispLeverCORE Connection program, provides its single lane PCI Express IP core tailored to the LatticeEC and LatticeECP device architectures.

PCI Express, the next generation of PCI, uses 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, or 32 serial signals, each operating at 2.5 Gigabit per second, to provide a dramatic throughput improvement over PCI. Additionally, PCI Express software is compatible with PCI, preserving the large investments already made in PCI software.

"PCI Express has become a standard feature in the desktop and server computers shipping today," said Stan Kopec, Lattice vice president of corporate marketing. "The new solution we are announcing with Genesys Logic and Northwest Logic will enable our customers to rapidly develop and field cost-effective PCI Express solutions," Kopec concluded.

"The combination of our PHY, the Lattice FPGA and the Northwest Logic core provides a compliant PCI Express solution that can be easily and quickly adapted by customers to meet their own unique needs," said Miller Lin, CTO at Genesys Logic. "This collaboration provides customers with a solution for PCI Express applications such as networking, imaging processing, consumer electronics, test equipment and storage. This solution will be a driver of the PCI Express market, and will enable designers to upgrade their device connectivity to multi-Gigabit speed at an affordable cost," Lin concluded.

Pricing and Availability
The LatticeECP-DSP FPGA, LatticeEC FPGA, the Genesys Logic GL9711 and the Northwest Logic PCI Express IP core are available now. The overall solution costs less than $13.00 USD for volumes of 250K units and above. In addition, Northwest Logicís PCI Express Development Board with the above components is available now. The base board, which includes a LatticeECP-DSP device, costs $2,995 and the daughter card with the Genesys Logic PHY costs $495.

About LatticeECP-DSP and LatticeEC FPGA Families
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 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.

About the Genesys Logic GL9711 PCI Express PHY
"We are proud that our PCI Express SERDES has been PCI-SIG PCI Express 1.0a physical layer compliant since 2003," said Miller Lin, CTO at Genesys Logic. The GL9711 is a 100% PCI Express 1.0a and PIPE 1.0 compliant PHY. It supports all PCI Express specific features such as De-emphasis, RX Idle Detection, Beacon signal transmission and detection and Spread Spectrum Clocking support. "The GL9711 enables FPGA users to implement PCI Express applications at a low cost, but with 100% feature support," said Lin. The GL9711 supports both 8-bit and 16-bit PIPE interfaces at 250MHz and 125MHz PIPE clock, respectively. It also has an elastic buffer to absorb the potential clock rate difference up to +/- 300ppm.

About the Northwest Logic PCI Express Core
The small size and external PHY support of Northwest Logicís PCI Express IP core enable the development of a very low cost PCI Express solution. In addition, the coreís simple user interface, minimal timing constraints and companion testbench make the core very easy to use. The core is now available as part of Latticeís ispLeverCORE Connection program. Northwest Logic also offers a complete PCI Express Development Solution including Reference Design logic, Development Board, Windows and Linux Drivers, and Demonstration Software. Use of this comprehensive development solution can dramatically reduce development cost, schedule and risk.

About Genesys Logic, Inc.
Founded in 1997, Genesys Logic is a fabless IC design house renowned for its leadership in high-speed I/O technologies. In 2003, it became the first company in the world to demonstrate working silicon of a fully PIPE-compliant PCI Express PHY.

Genesys Logic develops its own Physical Layer high-speed SERDES for USB1.1/2.0, PCI Express and Serial ATA products. It has shipped more than 150 million chips in the past eight years. By leveraging its mixed-signal design expertise and system know-how, Genesys Logic provides low-cost, high-performance chips that are also the best in class in terms of power consumption and die size. Genesys Logicís target applications include PC peripherals, Embedded Systems and Consumer Electronics.

Genesys Logicís U.S. office is located at 2860 Zanker Road, Suite 102, San Jose, CA 95134, USA and can be contacted at 1-408-435-8899 or

About Northwest Logic
Northwest Logic, located in Beaverton, Oregon, is a provider of high-performance, easy-to-use IP Cores. Northwest Logic specializes in PCI Cores including PCI Express, PCI-X and PC and Memory Controller Cores including DDR2, DDR and SDR SDRAM. Northwest Logic also provides a comprehensive array of design services including FPGA, Board and Software services. Northwest Logic is a charter member of the Lattice LEADER design services program.

About Lattice Semiconductor
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation provides the industryís broadest range of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) and Programmable Logic Devices (PLD), including Field Programmable System Chips (FPSC), Complex Programmable Logic Devices (CPLD), Programmable Mixed-Signal Products (ispPAC®) and Programmable Digital Interconnect Devices (ispGDX®). Lattice also offers industry leading SERDES products.

Lattice is "Bringing the Best Together" with comprehensive solutions for system design, including an unequaled portfolio of non-volatile programmable devices that deliver instant-on operation, security and "single chip solution" space savings.

Lattice products are sold worldwide through an extensive network of independent sales representatives and distributors, primarily to OEM customers in communications, computing, industrial, consumer, automotive, medical and military end markets. Company headquarters are located at 5555 NE Moore Court, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124-6421, USA; telephone 503-268-8000, fax 503-268-8037.

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, Lattice (& design), L (& design), LatticeEC, LatticeECP, LatticeECP-DSP, ispGDX, ispLeverCORE, ispPAC 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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