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A low-cost FPGA for high-speed MIPI C-PHY & D-PHY

Disruptive FPGAs are hard to come by, so it’s great when a company announces one that’s low cost, low power, and can support 4K video with a wealth of high-speed SerDes interfaces. Enter GOWIN’s new Arora-V GW5AT-15!

At Sensors Converge 2024, ipXchange caught up with David from GOWIN Semiconductor as its team announced the new GW5AT-15 FPGA, which supports high-speed 4K video – up to 120 fps – for use in consumer and automotive applications. Best of all, it has package options as compact as 4.9 x 5.3 mm and won’t break the bank!

GOWIN’s new Arora-V GW5AT-15 FPGA features 15,120 logic elements, inbuilt memory (118 kb of shadow SRAM, 630 kb of block SRAM, and options for additional pseudo-SRAM and NOR flash), and the following SerDes interfaces:

  • 3-lane MIPI C-PHY operating at up to 5.75 Gbps/lane
  • 4-lane PCIe 3.0
  • 4-lane MIPI D-PHY operating at up to 2.5 Gbps/lane

The GW5AT-15 also features two on-chip PLLs, multiple clock sources, a JPEG codec, an ADC, and USB 3.x and USB 2.x PHYs. The high bandwidth in such a small footprint makes it great for compact applications such as tablet PCs and AR/VR headsets, as well as car infotainment systems where a smartphone-style user experience can be easily reproduced.

As with many of GOWIN’s FPGAs, the new GW5AT-15 brings high performance at a low price and power consumption that perfectly fills the gap between expensive, overkill FPGAs and low-end FPGAs with inadequate SerDes performance.

The Arora-V GW5AT-15 FPGA can be configured using GOWIN EDA FPGA design environment, which includes an FPGA design tool, IP cores, and reference designs in SystemVerilog, Verilog, and VHDL programming languages.

This is expedited coverage, so while ipXchange does a technical writeup, check out the previous GOWIN boards that we’ve covered here, and if you’ve got a commercial project and would like to evaluate the new GW5AT-15, fill out our user-defined form, specifying the GW5AT-15, by following the link below.

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