Small form factor ECP5 FPGA enables Ximmerse VR/AR tracking platform

September 27, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Lattice Semiconductor Corporation has announced that Guangdong Virtual Reality Technology Co., Ltd. (Ximmerse), a provider of interaction systems for mobile AR/VR applications, has selected its ECP5™ FPGA to perform stereo vision computing in their AR/VR tracking platform.

Enabling energy-efficiency and low-latency, the ECP5 FPGAs from Lattice are ideal for flexible connectivity and acceleration at the edge due to their low power, small form factor and low cost.

As the market need for AR/VR environments continues to grow, current head mounted display (HMD)-based systems witness performance issues running content on mobile applications processors (APs). As such, performing visual based positional tracking on the processor has proven challenging. With up to 85K LUTs in a small 10- x 10-mm package, the ECP5 FPGA offers lower latency and increased power-efficiency image processing compared to an AP. The programmable fabric and I/Os also allow Ximmerse to easily choose and source the camera sensor from different vendors based on the product requirement.

“Lattice’s ECP5 FPGA continues to accelerate the adoption of mobile-influenced technology in rapidly evolving systems at the edge,” said Ying Chen, senior marketing manager for new consumer markets at Lattice Semiconductor. “In the past year alone, we’ve seen companies from around the globe implement our small form factor, low power, low latency FPGAs for a wide array of products from AR/VR systems, robotics and drones to machine vision and smart surveillance cameras.”

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