FPGA-based I/O expansion and bridging starter kit

January 22, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Presented as the most affordable product of its type available, Lattice Semicondutors’s Programmable kit enables easy and quick evaluation of MachXO3L FPGAs. The kit includes pre-loaded reference designs, design tools, USB connector and other components necessary to thoroughly evaluate MachXO3L devices.

The MachXO3L Starter Kit is a platform for evaluating and designing with the company’s low cost family of MachXO3L instant-on, non-volatile FPGAs. Product developers can now immediately deploy programmable bridging and I/O expansion with high I/O density at the lowest cost per I/O that Lattice offers.

The MachXO3L family is Lattice’s small form factor FPGA family for essential bridging and I/O expansion functions. The new MachXO3L Starter Kit enables designers to evaluate and demonstrate LED drive, SPI, I²C, CMOS I/O, programming via JTAG or I²C, dual-boot operation using SPI Flash and other capabilities.

The kit consists of reference designs pre-loaded onto a LCMXO3L-6900C-5BG256C device for demonstration and easy bring-up of the embedded I²C and SPI controllers as well as the oscillator and programmable I/O used for LED drive. The kit also includes a USB connector for power and programming, LEDs, prototyping area and an expansion header landing for SPI, I²C and JTAG supported by 3.3V and 1.2V supply rails. The MachXO3L device featured on the board is supported by Lattice Diamond development tools, available for download and free licensing at www.latticesemi.com/software

Lattice; www.latticesemi.com/MachXO3LStarterKit / www.latticesemi.com/MachXO3