28 Sep 2017

Ximmerse adopts Lattice FPGA for mobile AR/VR tracking

Lattice Semiconductor has announced that Guangdong Virtual Reality Technology, a provider of interaction systems for mobile AR/VR applications, has selected Lattice’s ECP5 FPGA to perform stereo vision computing in their AR/VR tracking platform. Lattice’s ECP5 FPGAs are ideal for flexible connectivity and acceleration at the edge due to their low power, small form factor and low cost, delivering an energy-efficient, low latency solution.

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, Lattice’s 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 has been a valuable partner in overcoming design and performance challenges we previously faced when building our mobile AR/VR solutions,” said Jingwen Dai, CTO at Ximmerse. “Their video expertise and top-notch customer support, along with their flexible ECP5 FPGA, helped us deliver a solution that’s far smarter and higher performance. We look forward to continuing our work together.”

Lattice has an extensive product suite which includes WirelessHD modules for sub-frame latency video transmission in wireless VR systems, CrossLink FPGAs for MIPI display bridging and multi-camera aggregation in 360 cameras and SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping), and iCE40 FPGAs for concurrent data acquisition for sensor based positional tracking systems.

“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. This is just the beginning; we are enthusiastic about what’s ahead for innovation and design at the edge.”

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