Lattice Semiconductor Ready to Power Innovation across Mid-Range FPGA Market with Lattice Avant Debut
by Ron Westfall | December 9, 2022

The News: Lattice Semiconductor, a low power programmable supplier, unveiled Lattice Avant, a new FPGA platform purpose-built to bring the company’s power efficient architecture, small size, and performance capabilities to mid-range FPGAs. Lattice Avant offers power efficiency, advanced connectivity, and optimized compute that can enable Lattice to address an expanded set of customer applications across the Communications, Computing, Industrial, and Automotive markets. Read the Lattice Semiconductor Press Release here.

Lattice Semiconductor Ready to Power Innovation across Mid-Range FPGA Market with Lattice Avant Debut

Analyst Take: Lattice is aiming skillfully by targeting the small factor mid-range FPGA market segment with its Lattice Avant platform debut. The new Lattice Avant 16nm FinFET platform is designed to provide the portfolio foundation to enable Lattice to deliver low-power and small form factor breakthroughs across the mid-range FPGA segment.

The platform now provides 25 Gb/s SERDES, hardened PCI Express & external memory PHY interfaces, and high DSP counts that use the most up-to-date AI/ML and computer vision algorithms, which aim to deliver silicon-rooted security and reliability for a wide array of applications. Now Lattice combines its power-optimized programmable fabric coupled with aggregate bandwidth advances, adaptable hardware acceleration, and broader application support key to gaining more mind and potential market share in the low power FPGA market segment.

Lattice Avant builds on Lattice’s Nexus offering and heritage by now delivering thirtyfold improvement in performance to meet the emerging performance and power demands of today’s applications and systems as well as gain competitive advantages over top rivals AMD/Xilinx and Intel. Lattice focused its portfolio development to address major challenges, such as thermal management, resulting in the claim that Lattice Avant can provide twofold+ lower power consumption, double the bandwidth, and sixfold smaller package sizing than the AMD/Xilinx and Intel Alterra offerings all while using the same software as the Nexus line.

I anticipate that the Lattice Avant platform bolsters Lattice’s ability to capitalize on the expanding market for AI edge devices, AI workstations, and HPC applications as AI/ML becomes integral to the operations and business processes of major market segments such as computing, communications, industrial, and automotive.

I see AI-powered FPGAs becoming more broadly adopted throughout various data center technologies and capabilities such as networking equipment, storage racks, and server systems to enable users to intelligently control high-speed data processing while also monitoring network traffic. Plus, I expect that top-tier data center operators will increasingly prioritize expediting process competency to augment their overall operations and improve business outcomes.

Key Takeaways: Lattice Moves the Mid-Range FPGA Chains with Lattice Avant Launch

From my perspective, Lattice needed to launch Lattice Avant to sharpen its ability to capture more mid-range FPGA business and drive innovation across the system and application developer communities, especially in addressing the growing demand for increased flexibility and efficiency in system and application design. With Lattice Avant, I believe Lattice is even better positioned to deliver innovative architectural advancements and capabilities that meet its customers’ requirements in scaling and administering an expanding array of applications.

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Ron is an experienced research expert and analyst, with over 20 years of experience in the digital and IT transformation markets. He is a recognized authority at tracking the evolution of and identifying the key disruptive trends within the service enablement ecosystem, including software and services, infrastructure, 5G/IoT, AI/analytics, security, cloud computing, revenue management, and regulatory issues. Read Full Bio.