January 29, 2008 -- Lattice Semiconductor Corp. today announced that Praesum Communications, Inc. a switching and bridging solutions provider for networking and telecommunications applications, has optimized its high-performance Serial RapidIO Interface Endpoint solution for the LatticeECP2M family of low-cost 90-nm FPGAs, which feature integrated SerDes I/O. Moreover, Praesum has joined Lattice's ispLeverCORE Connections IP partner program. Lattice and Praesum plan to develop and deliver complete system solutions targeting digital signal processing, embedded computing, military/aerospace and communications infrastructure for those that require high-performance Serial RapidIO connectivity as well as low-cost, low power, and tight form-factors.
The Praesum core supports RapidIO 1x connectivity at data rates up to 3.125Gbps. Depending upon the chosen feature set, the RapidIO 1.3 compliant core consumes 50 to 70% of an LFE2M20, the smallest member of the LatticeECP2M family. This makes available significant device resources for implementing applications involving bridging to data plane interfaces, such as CPRI, or control plane interfaces, such as PCI Express. The core supports advanced features such as the RapidIO Error Management Extensions.
"Praesum sees significant opportunity for its LatticeECP2M-based Serial RapidIO solutions in the wireless systems infrastructure market. The LatticeECP2M’s unique combination of high-speed SerDesS for multiple protocols, miserly power consumption, small scale packaging and outstanding value lends itself well to current Serial RapidIO design trends, especially where multiple protocols are involved," said Kent Dahlgren, President and CTO of Praesum Communications. "“When combined with our RapidIO End Point IP, the LatticeECP2M devices significantly reduce the cost to connect application specific functions to a RapidIO fabric."
The RapidIO 1x LP-Serial End-Point Core is available from Praesum Communications now. A project license for the core is priced at $20,000. A fully functional evaluation version of the core is available for the LatticeECP2M PCI Express x4 Evaluation Board.
Go to the Praesum Communications, Inc. website to find additional information.