Lattice Semiconductor Introduces New Development Kit for Low Power, Embedded AI Applications

May 31 2019, 00:20
Lattice Semiconductor announced the availability of the HM01B0 UPduino Shield, a comprehensive development kit for implementing Artificial Intelligence (AI) computing in devices using vision and sound as sensory inputs. This rapid prototyping board, in the Arduino form factor, includes components designers need to quickly develop always-on, low power smart IoT and connected devices. This new development kit consists of a Lattice iCE40 UltraPlus FPGA-based Upduino 2.0 board and a Himax HM01B0 image sensor module. 

Optimized for connected devices and embedded AI applications, the iCE40 UltraPlus FPGA is one of world’s smallest, lowest power distributed processing solutions, with power consumption as low as 75 µW in sleep mode and 1-10mA when active. The iCE40 UltraPlus also supports I/O port configuration flexibility, including the ability to combine multiple signals for transmission over one port. This flexibility helps designers easily investigate and experiment with different designs and to accelerate product prototyping. Proof-of-concept demos such as Human Presence Detection and Hand Gesture Detection are included in this modular hardware platform to further simplify and accelerate vision-based AI systems.

“The Upduino Shield development kit offers substantial flexibility to product developers by making the addition of vision-based AI support to IoT-connected devices quick and easy,” says Peiju Chiang, Product Marketing Manager at Lattice Semiconductor. “And because the kit uses our low-power iCE UltraPlus FPGA, adding AI support to IoT products is possible without significant increase in product power consumption, a key requirement for IoT devices operating at the network Edge.”

Key features of the UPduino Shield development kit include the combination of the Lattice UltraPlus FPGA with 5.3K LUTs, 1 Mb SPRAM, 120 Kb DPRAM, and 8 Multipliers; an FTDI FT232H USB to SPI Device for FPGA programming; 12 Mhz Crystal Oscillator Clock Source; 34 GPIOs on 0.1” headers for connecting to the adapter board; and SPI Flash, RGB LED, 3.3 V and 1.2 V voltage regulators. The development kit can be used with the new Lattice Radiant Design Software 1.1 and is priced at under $50 USD to enable broad adoption
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