The automotive product portfolio from Lattice Semiconductor Corporation has been expanded with the introduction of the ECP5 and CrossLink programmable devices tailored specifically for interface bridging applications.
The two products deliver optimised connectivity solutions for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and infotainment applications, while also bridging the gap between emerging image sensor and video display interfaces with legacy automotive interfaces.
“The CMOS image sensor market is projected for solid growth over the next five years,” said Rob Lineback, Senior Market Research Analyst at IC Insights. “Automotive systems are forecasted to be the fastest growing application for CMOS image sensors with a compounded annual growth rate of 55% to $2.2bn in 2020, or about 14% of the market’s projected $15.2bn total.”
Dramatic advances in mobile application processors, the rapid proliferation of low cost image sensors and displays, and the widespread adoption of MIPI standard interfaces has accelerated innovation in automotive applications over the past few years. Ideally each device in a system would interface directly to the applications processor, but this is not always the case.
This problem is compounded still further as the use of mobile platforms in automotive applications increases. Interface bridging devices solve this problem by supporting a wide range of interfaces and protocols including MIPI D-PHY, MIPI CSI-2, MIPI DSI as well as a long list of legacy video interfaces and protocols such as CMOS, RGB, MIPI DPI, MIPI DBI, SubLVDS, SLVS, LVDS and OpenLDI.
“The automotive industry has seen a proliferation of cameras and sensors being added inside vehicles to keep pace with technology advances and requirements for ADAS and infotainment applications,” said Deepak Boppana, Director of Marketing at Lattice Semiconductor. “This dynamic has resulted in interface mismatches between mobile image sensors, application processors, and embedded displays used in these applications. Our ECP5 and CrossLink devices enable our automotive customers to adopt cameras and displays with the latest mobile interface technology to reduce overall system cost, power and size, while accelerating time-to-market of their next generation designs.”
Key features of the ECP5 and CrossLink automotive devices include:
Samples of the ECP5 and CrossLink automotive devices are available upon request.