Lattice Semiconductor Corporation extended its portfolio of comprehensive low-power FPGA-based solution stacks with the introduction of Lattice Automate. The 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. Intelligent industrial systems made possible by Automate will play a vital role in automating future smart factories, warehouses, and commercial buildings.
Technology trends like the IoT and Edge computing are driving the development of intelligent automation systems to improve efficiency and worker safety. According to Fortune Business Insights, the global industrial automation market is projected to reach USD $326.14 billion by 2027.
The Automate stack offers reference designs and software tools for the rapid development of popular industrial applications, 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 – minimizes 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 the development of industrial automation systems with software/hardware co-processing using an embedded RISC-V processor.