3/1/2006 - Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: LSCC) today announced that FINEAC (Fine Appliance Corporation) of Taiwan has chosen LatticeXPTM FPGAs in the design of its eHDTM Net System.
FINEAC manufactures network storage and data processing systems. The company's eHD (electrical hard disk) product is the world's first cross-platform Client Storage Area Network (CSAN), featuring collective storage, instant maintenance, rapid updating and an uninterrupted network service systems environment.
The CSAN is designed to improve the quality of user service for environments in which the number of client computers is much greater than the number of servers. The architecture of CSAN eliminates the limitation of server performance, and provides a very low cost method to implement a services management center. Central, single-point control enables network set up, network storage, networking services and network control, greatly reducing computer system maintenance and manpower costs.
In the eHD Net System architecture, the eDCTM (electronic disk communication) protocol is used between the eHD (server) and the eDiskTM (clients). The eHD Net System centralizes all contents (data), applications and OS into the eHD. Content and applications do not need to be stored client side, and can be chosen by users from the eHD. The eHD transfers the selected content or applications to the client computer via Ethernet.
"We are using the LatticeXP devices in tri-speed Ethernet MAC (Media Access Control) IP applications," said Allen Huang, FINEAC Design Engineer responsible for FPGA design and firmware development. "The non-volatile device architecture was very attractive to us. Our requirements for high security and instant on operation are completely satisfied by the LatticeXP device. And, unlike other non-volatile FPGAs, the LatticeXP device combines Flash and SRAM technologies, so the device can be reprogrammed over and over. We also have been very pleased with the expert technical support and fast response from the local Lattice representatives," Huang concluded.
"Our customers told us that a Flash-based, non-volatile FPGA that could also be infinitely reprogrammable like an SRAM FPGA would be the ideal programmable logic device," said Stan Kopec, Lattice corporate vice president of marketing. "Our worldwide success in winning designs for the LatticeXP device has proven our customers right and exceeded our expectations," Kopec concluded.
About LatticeXP FPGAs
Non-volatile LatticeXP FPGAs deliver the benefits of instant-on operation, excellent security and a single-chip implementation, and provide cost-effective alternatives to traditional SRAM-based FPGAs and their associated boot memories. The ispXPTM technology used in the LatticeXP devices combines SRAM and non-volatile Flash memory to deliver an FPGA that is both non-volatile and infinitely reconfigurable. The SRAM-based memory cells control the operation of the device logic and are loaded from the on-chip Flash memory in less than 1mS at power-up -- providing instant-on capability -- or on user command. Unlike SRAM-based FPGAs, the LatticeXP device does not require an external boot memory and so provides a single-chip solution with the associated benefits of reduced board area and simplified system manufacture. The absence of an external boot device also eliminates the need for an external bit-stream at boot up and the possibility of bitstream snooping, a major security concern with SRAM FPGAs. Security features prohibit bit-stream readback from the SRAM and Flash sections of the devices to further enhance security.
Fine Appliance Corporation, established in 2000 with capitalization of NT$160 million, engages in the manufacture and sales of software and hardware for network storage and data processing systems. Fine Appliance Corp. is fully supported financially by the USIFE Group based in Taiwan, which has enjoyed a long period of growth in the past decades with billions of dollars in revenue. Backed by USIFE Group's strong financial support and Taiwan's 20 plus years of PC manufacturing expertise, Fine Appliance Corp. is poised to deliver the highest quality computing environment at the lowest possible cost.
The eHDTM Net System, released by Fine Appliance, is the network storage system, the world first cross-platform Client Storage Area Network (CSAN), boasting collective storage, instant maintenance, rapid updating, and an uninterrupted network service systems environment. Further, central single-point control enables network set up, network storage, networking services, and network control, greatly reduces computer system maintenance and manpower output costs while raising investment yield for users of existing systems and flexibility of choices over new systems in the future.
About Lattice Semiconductor
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation provides the industry's 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.
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