Lattice offers $25 USB plug-in FPGA evaluation kit

August 21, 2013

Toni_McConnel-August 21, 2013

The iCEstick Evaluation Kit from Lattice Semiconductor Corporation is an easy-to-use USB thumb drive form factor development board that allows engineers and system architects to rapidly evaluate and develop mobile solutions based on the company’s iCE40 mobileFPGA family. The kit speeds solution development by including, along with the FPGA, hardware features and reference designs targeting infrared and sensor functions for smartphones, tablets, gaming devices, and a host of other applications that have demanding requirements for low-cost, low-power and fast-time-to-market.

Designers can use the iCEstick evaluation kit to implement a solution that replaces virtually any high-end remote control to interface to TVs, LED lighting systems, or other infrared-controlled devices. Additionally, the iCEstick Evaluation Kit provides a simple starting point to design infrared data transfer between mobile devices such as PCs, tablets, gaming devices, and more. The iCEstick Evaluation Kit enables this by using the iCE40 FPGA to implement a fully programmable pulse width modulation (PWM) function and bridge to an infrared LED.


To streamline and accelerate development, the kit includes reference designs that enable wireless transmission of data or control signals. This is done via an interface to an IrDA transceiver or a Digilent Pmod Compatible peripheral connector using a minimal number of I/Os from the iCE40 FPGA.

The iCEstick Evaluation Kit connects to a laptop or PC like a USB thumb drive, giving users immediate access to the onboard iCE40HX-1k FPGA. The kit is supported by Lattice’s iCEcube2 design software for HDL development and Lattice Lattice Diamond Programmer software enabling programming via the device's SPI flash.

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