[Interview] Q&A on Lattice's Radiant Software with Rich Ford | Symmetry Blog

May 16, 2018

Lattice recently released their newest FPGA software, Radiant, for engineers developing edge applications. We spoke with Rich Ford, Director of Worldwide Channel Sales and Marketing at Lattice Semiconductor, to find out what makes Radiant different.


What are some of the important features offered by Radiant?

Radiant is a full-featured FPGA design tool offering predictable design convergence with unified design database, design constraint flow and timing analysis. It uses industry standard Synopsys Design Constraint (SDC) to provide maximum interoperability.

Some of the most important features that improve ease-of-use include an updated user interface providing simple, intuitive and efficient user operations; easy design navigation and debugging enabled by integrated tools, a simple “One Click” design implementation execution enabled by a new Process Toolbar, and physical to logical design implementation cross-probing.

Radiant supports industry standard IEEE 1735 encryption for IP protection and the IP catalog provides easy access to IP cores optimized for supported Lattice devices.


What makes Lattice Radiant unique from other FPGA software?

Our Radiant software was developed to be fully optimized for edge applications. Users will find all the best in class tools and features to help users develop their Edge applications effectively and efficiently. Unlike other FPGA suppliers, Lattice is not producing large FPGAs for data center applications. This allows us to focus on enabling broad-market, low-power embedded applications through our added services, including our fully developed Radiant software.


What were some of the decisions that led Lattice to develop Radiant?

For companies developing IoT and Edge applications, FPGA design flow is an intimidating proposition and one they seldom have much experience with. It is important for these customers to have an easy-to-use and easy-to-learn design tool that doesn’t require years of prior experience with traditional FPGA tool chains. We developed Radiant to address this need.


How much was the development of Radiant shaped by customer feedback Lattice received in the past? Examples?

Radiant was completely influenced by customer feedback. It’s important to keep in mind that, while the leading industrial and communications companies have dedicated FPGA expertise in-house, most customers developing for edge applications do not. Those customers wanted a tool easy enough for them to learn and use for their designs, and we kept those concerns in mind when developing Radiant.


What are some of the ways Radiant improves upon previous software that Lattice has developed to support their line of FPGAs?

With Radiant, we achieve a monumental leap in ease-of-use and simplicity. Some of the most notable improvements include a move to standardized SDC constraints and to a single timing analysis engine.


Watch the video below to learn more about Lattice Radiant:


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