Lattice looks to accelerate development of industrial automation systems
Lattice Semiconductor has extended its portfolio of low power FPGA-based solution stacks with the introduction of the Lattice Automate.
This new stack includes software tools, industrial IP cores, modular hardware development boards, and software-programmable reference designs and demos that simplify and accelerate the implementation of applications like robotics, scalable multi-channel motor control with predictive maintenance, and real-time industrial networking.
The IoT and Edge computing are helping to drive the development of intelligent automation systems in order to improve both efficiency and worker safety and, according to Fortune Business Insights, the global industrial automation market is projected to be worth $326 billion by 2027.
“In order for automated industrial systems to provide the productivity and safety benefits businesses want, they must support features like low power operation, low data latency, high availability, and real-time processing,” said Mark Hoopes, Director of Industrial Segment Marketing, Lattice. “The Automate solution stack offers a quick and easy way for developers to create industrial systems that leverage these features to support emerging technologies like predictive maintenance.”
The Automate stack offers reference designs and software tools including:
- Scalable Motor Control – accelerates the development of flexible motor control systems, including a GUI-based user interface for system monitoring and control.
- Predictive Maintenance – cuts machine downtime by monitoring multiple motors in a system.
- Embedded Real-time Networking – implements an extensible sense and control system for a large number of devices using a Lattice Nexus FPGA as the central controller.
- Cyber Resiliency – enables a hardware Root-of-Trust that can detect, protect, and recover from a firmware-based attack in real time.
- Easy-to-use Software Design Methodology – the stack supports Lattice Propel for simplifying development of industrial automation systems with software/hardware co-processing using an embedded RISC-V processor.