Image sensors add to Lattice Semiconductor’s mVision stack

Image sensor modules and image signal processing core have been added to the mVision 2.0 stack for low power embedded vision systems by Lattice Semiconductor. This latest version has multiple updates to accelerate the design of embedded vision applications for industrial, automotive, medical, and smart consumer systems. There is also support for popular new image sensors used in industrial and automotive systems and an image signal processing IP core and reference design to help developers design smart vision applications at the edge. The stack also includes support for the Lattice Propel design environment to simplify development of vision systems with an embedded RISC-V processor.

The updates broaden mVision support for popular image sensors used in industrial and automotive markets. They are also claimed to simplify hardware and software design with a drag-and-drop Propel design environment. Additional development boards and reference designs are powered by Lattice’s FPGA for embedded vision, CrossLink-NX.

Lattice CrossLink-NX devices with integrated hard MIPI support and low power consumption can be used in camera applications operating at the edge. “Using CrossLink-NX with an embedded RISC-V processor enables a more compact and efficient ISP implementation,” said Arndt Bussman, CTO at Helion, which has partnered with Lattice to provide optimised ISP solutions.

The stacks are designed to help customers adopt emerging technologies by providing a comprehensive collection of ready-to-use software, IP, hardware demos, and reference designs to help them quickly deploy applications like embedded vision in current and future product designs, explained Mark Hoopes, director of industrial segment marketing, Lattice Semiconductor.

Lattice has added new development boards supporting popular image sensors for industrial and medical applications to the mVision stack, expanding support for automotive, industrial, and medical embedded vision applications. Image sensors that are supported include the Sony IMX464 and IMX568 and the AR0344CS from ON Semiconductor.

The Propel design environment tool includes a complete set of graphical and command-line tools to create, analyse, compile, and debug both the hardware design of an FPGA-based processor system, and the software design for that processor system.

Lattice has also expanded the Lattice ISP reference design.

At the same time as the mVision announcement, Lattice also revealed extended capabilities for its Sentry stack. The latest version of its secure system control stack, Sentry 2.0 enables hardware root-of-trust (HRoT) solutions compliant with NIST Platform Firmware Resiliency (PFR) Guidelines (NIST SP-800-193) and supporting 384-bit encryption.

Lattice Sentry 2.0 supports firmware security for the communications, computing, industrial, automotive, and smart consumer markets, says the company. It provides developers an efficient and secure way to quickly implement enhanced system and cryptographic applications.

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