Control development kit helps create power supply sequencing prototypes

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation has introduced the new MachXO Control Development Kit as well as 12 new reference designs, ideal for prototyping system control functions such as power supply sequencing, temperature and current monitoring, fan control and fault logging, that are commonly found in telecom infrastructure, server, industrial and medical applications.

The new kit offers designers of CPLDs and low-density FPGAs a comprehensive suite of board management and system control resources to enable the development of system control designs.

Designed for general purpose I/O expansion, interface bridging and power-up management functions, the instant-on, easy-to-use MachXO programmable logic device (PLD) family offers customers an “All-in-One-PLD” by providing distributed and embedded memory, built-in PLLs, high performance LVDS I/O, remote field upgrade (Lattice's TransFRTM technology) and a low power sleep mode, all in a single device.

The MachXO Control Development Kit features the MachXO LCMXO2280 device, 2 Mb SPI Flash and 1 Mb SRAM memory, a current and temperature sensor, a Power Manager II ispPAC-POWR1014A device, an expansion header for I2C, SPI, SD and compact Flash interfaces, several LEDs and user switches. Using the preloaded system-on-chip (SoC) design provided with the development kit, designers can test within minutes typical board control functions including fan speed control based on temperature monitoring, LCD control, comprehensive power supply monitoring and reset distribution in conjunction with the Power Manager II POWR1014A and 8-bit LatticeMico8 microcontroller. Designers can then build their own designs using the free downloadable reference design source code, implementing these features in less than an hour. Additional stand alone demos, including SD and Compact Flash memory / audio, fault logging, JTAG BSCAN and TransFR technology, can also be downloaded from the Lattice website and implemented on the control evaluation board.

The MachXO Control Development Kit includes a USB cable for device programming, AC adaptor (international plugs) and QuickSTART documentation. The associated reference designs and free ispLEVER Starter design software can be downloaded from the Lattice website

Availability and Pricing

Promotional pricing for the MachXO Control Development Kit is $119 and is good for kits ordered via the Lattice online store at and through select authorized Lattice distributors through November 30, 2009.

Datasheets and related links:

MachXO Control Development Kit

Reference designs

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