Lattice Semiconductor has announced three new complete reference designs that are intended to make it easier for electronic OEMs to take advantage of low-cost, industry-standard MIPI (Mobile Industry Processor Interface) camera, application processor, and display technologies. These latest FPGA-based reference designs from Lattice will enable OEMs to build and roll out next-generation products that are low cost, more reliable, and consume low power as they deliver consumers the latest in display, image and motion features.
Using these new reference designs, designers can 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 a Lattice FPGA. The inverse is also true where MIPI-based components can be linked to non-MIPI based processors or SoCs.
“Increasingly, for OEMs to be competitive they need to provide end-users with a media-rich experience across all their electronic devices. To deliver on this, manufacturers would like 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. “The fact is, until MIPI becomes the dominant interface for the broad market, customers are going to need a bridge between different interface technologies. Not only does Lattice provide the perfect FPGA technology to adapt to different interfaces, now we provide complete reference designs that make adding MIPI to any system an easy to achieve reality.”