Lattice CrossLink Solution - Industry’s First Programmable Bridging Device for Mobile Image Sensors and Displays

By Len WegnerJune 8, 2017

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, a worldwide leader in customizable smart connectivity solutions, unveiled the industry's first programmable interface bridging device for mobile image sensors and displays. The programmable bridging device — CrossLink™ — resolves critical interface mismatches between image sensors, mobile application processors, and displays with complete support for all leading protocols for displays and image sensors.

The Lattice CrossLink™ programmable bridging device accelerates the time to market of an FPGA with optimized flexibility and functionalities of an ASSP to create a new class of product called the programmable ASSP (pASSP). The device is ideal for systems with embedded cameras and displays that often don’t have the right type or number of interfaces.

Key Features of Lattice CrossLink™ Programmable Bridging Device for Mobile Image Sensors and Displays

The Lattice CrossLink™ bridging device - a low-cost video interface bridge - features the best-in-class bandwidth, lowest power, and smallest footprint, which makes it an optimized solution for a variety of applications including smartphones, tablets, cameras, drones, virtual reality (VR) headsets, wearable devices, and human machine interfaces (HMIs). 

Prime features of Lattice CrossLink™ programmable bridging device include:

  • The world’s fastest MIPI® D-PHY bridging device that leverages up to 4K UHD resolution at 12 Gbps bandwidth.
  • Lowest power programmable bridging solution in active mode.
  • Industry’s smallest form factor with a 6 mm2 option.
  • Built-in sleep mode.
  • Optimized ASSPs and FPGAs to deliver a leading-edge solution from both worlds.
  • Supports all legacy interfaces such as MIPI D-PHY, MIPI CSI-2, MIPI DSI, MIPI DPI, CMOS, and SubLVDS, LVDS and more.

Main Application Areas of Lattice CrossLink™ Programmable Bridging Device for Mobile Image Sensors and Displays

Image Sensor Applications

Lattice’s CrossLink™ device can merge, multiplex, and arbitrate between various image sensors to a single input. The programmable bridging device can also interface between industrial, as well as typical A/V image sensors, particularly ideal for augmented reality products and DSLR cameras integrated into drones.

Display Applications

The new CrossLink device can receive video data from one MIPI DSI interface, and send it out over two MIPI DSI interfaces at nearly half the bandwidth. The device can then split the video stream into two interfaces for applications in mobile set-top boxes and VR headsets. Moreover, CrossLink can also present the opportunity to integrate industrial and consumer panels with LVDS or RGB interfaces with mobile applications processors. 

Samples of CrossLink bridging boards are now available for evaluation from Lattice distributors worldwide. To learn more about the industry’s first programmable interface bridging device for mobile image sensors and displays, check out CrossLink or contact WPGA IoT Director Len Wegner.