Lattice Extends Industry-leading Security and System Control to Automotive Applications
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The Lattice MachXO3D FPGA for secure control in automotive applications establishes a hardware Root-of-Trust to confirm that the device, and other devices that boot after the FPGA, are running authorized firmware. (Graphic: Business Wire)
Emerging trends like electric vehicles (EVs), autonomous driving, ADAS, and infotainment are increasing OEMs’ reliance on electronic components in automotive systems. Deloitte projected that by 2030, 45 percent of the cost of a new car will come from electronic systems1. As more sensors and electric motors are incorporated into cars, systems become exposed to risk of malicious hacks. OEMs must be able to immediately detect vulnerabilities and combat cyberattacks, and they need electronic systems capable of reliable and secure operation in rugged environments.
“By collaborating with Lattice, the leading provider of low power FPGAs, we are able to provide developers in the automotive market with ready-to-use IPs that simplify their design efforts by accelerating implementation of networking controllers for CAN and LIN,” said
“The MachXO architecture is highly leveraged in the server market for control and security applications, and now we’ve extended this popular hardware ecosystem to bring low power, small form factor, secure system control to automotive and ruggedized applications as automobiles integrate more processor-based, server-like systems into their designs,” said
MachXO3LF and MachXO3D FPGAs are supported by Lattice’s integrated design software suite, Lattice Diamond®, a complete GUI-based FPGA design and verification environment with leading-edge design and implementation tools optimized for low-power Lattice FPGAs. The latest version of Lattice Diamond, version 3.11.3, is now available.
Key features of the new MachXO3LF and MachXO3D FPGA family include:
- Support for an extended operating range -40°C to +125°C (junction temperature)
Robust control – provides instant-on control hub that reliably powers the platform up and power and simplifies deployment by:
- Single 3.3V or 1.2V supply operation
- Highest I/O-to-logic ratio
- Enables deterministic I/O operation by eliminating power-up glitches with default pull-down and maintaining signal integrity with program slew rate, drive strength, and hysteresis
The MachXO3D FPGAs’ security features include:
On-chip flash memory – secures bitstream and user data against malicious attacks via OTP mode and password protection. MachXO3D has an immutable embedded security block to enable security compliant with NIST SP-800-193 Platform Firmware Resilience (PFR) guidelines for protecting, detecting, and recovering firmware from unauthorized access.
- On-chip flash enables single-chip, instant-on, and dual-boot images for fail-safe programming and in-field updates
Flexible system with secure reprogramming - supports reliable in-system updates with:
- Fail-safe reprogramming enabled by secure dual boot
- Configuration engine that prevents unauthorized access to configuration memory
- On-Chip flash that eliminates external memory and enables instant-on
- Mixed voltage support on I/O that eliminates GTL buffers and level shifters
- Per-pin programmability
For more information about the MachXO3LF FPGA family, please visit: https://www.latticesemi.com/MachXO3.
For more information about the MachXO3D FPGA family, please visit: https://www.latticesemi.com/MachXO3D.
For more information about Lattice Diamond design software, please visit: https://www.latticesemi.com/Diamond.
1 “Semiconductors – the Next Wave Opportunities and winning strategies for semiconductor companies,” Deloitte,
2 “New demand, new markets: What edge computing means for hardware companies,”