February 29, 2012 -- Lattice Semiconductor Corp. hasy announced an upgrade to the Lattice HDR-60 Video Camera Development Kit, now enhanced with a Helion graphical user interface (GUI). The production-ready Lattice HDR-60 video camera development kit is based upon the LatticeECP3 FPGA family.
Pre-loaded with a plug-and-play evaluation image signal processing (ISP) pipeline based on IP cores from Lattice partner Helion GmbH, the kit reduces design time for embedded camera applications. The IP is capable of delivering 1080p performance at 60 frames/s with 2D noise reduction and high dynamic range (HDR). With a form factor designed to fit into commercially available camera housings and capable of supporting two sensors simultaneously, the kit enables rapid evaluation and prototyping of high-definition HDR video cameras for security and surveillance, traffic control, video conferencing and automotive applications. Schematics and layout files are available free to all purchasers, further accelerating time to market.
The Lattice HDR-60 will now sport a new GUI developed by Helion, making it even easier for developers to evaluate and configure the IP. Users will be able to change the target brightness, speed and algorithm of auto-exposure, choose between manual and automatic auto white balance with red-blue ratio control, change gamma and CCM values on the fly and adjust the position and transparency of overlays.
"Our first ISP release for the Lattice HDR-60 enabled developers to combine their desired IP in a very flexible manner with the LatticeMico32 microprocessor," said Dr. Arndt Bussmann, Chief Technology Officer of Helion. "The new GUI addresses the desire to configure and setup the IP for evaluation via an easy-to-use and flexible interface. Internal benchmarks in our labs, with our native coded modules on different FPGAs from different vendors, demonstrated the LatticeECP3 leads in speed, low gate count, low cost and low power consumption for image signal processing applications.”
The GUI can be used on Windows and Linux platforms, with support for different sensors including the Aptina AR0331 and MT9M024 and others.
Availability and Pricing
The enhanced GUI will be available for download March 19, 2012, at no additional charge to current and new customers of the Lattice HDR-60 video camera development kit.
Go to the Lattice Semiconductor Corp. website to find additional information.