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HILLSBORO, Ore., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (LSC(TM)) (Nasdaq: LSCC) and Data I/O Corporation (Nasdaq: DAIO), of Redmond, WA, today announced an OEM agreement under which Lattice Semiconductor will sell LSC-specific versions of Data I/O's Synario Design Automation tools to support LSC's ispLSI(R) and pLSI(R) High Density and GAL(R) Programmable Logic Device families. The new agreement is designed to give LSC customers access to an integrated design system including Synario schematic capture, the ABEL logic compiler, functional and timing simulation and LSC's pDS+(R) Synario Fitter providing comprehensive design support for LSC's ispLSI and pLSI High-Density PLDs and GAL Low-Density PLDs.

"The addition of Data I/O's powerful Synario software to our repertoire is very exciting," said Steven A. Laub, Lattice Semiconductor Vice President and General Manager. "Lattice Semiconductor's ISP Synario tools, coupled with our revolutionary In-System Programmable(TM) (ISP) and GAL logic devices, give designers a world class programmable solution."

"LSC's ISP technology is setting the standard for In-System Programmable device design," said Bill Haydamack, Data I/O's Synario Design Automation Division, President and General Manager. "This value added reselling relationship brings together high performance In-System Programmable silicon and Synario software which, together, greatly expand the competitive capabilities of our mutual users."

Lattice Semiconductor, the fastest growing High-Density CPLD supplier and the world leader in Low-Density GAL devices, has pioneered In-System Programmability(TM) and is the world leader in ISP technology. In-System Programming, a LSC invention, is accomplished through a simple serial programming interface that allows engineers to modify designs without removing the devices from the p.c. board. LSC's ISP devices may be programmed from a PC, by ATE equipment at final board test, or through the end system microprocessor. Through this capability, Lattice Semiconductor ISP devices dramatically speed the system debug process, reduce manufacturing costs, and allow a single board design to serve multiple applications, a feature termed multi-function hardware.

LSC's initial ISP Synario product offering is called the ISP Synario System. This unique product contains all the tools necessary for fast and easy In-System Programmable device design. Designers using the ISP Synario System have access to Synario's Project Navigator, Synario-Entry tools (including both schematic and ABEL-HDL logic design), Functional Simulator and Waveform Viewer, and a powerful GAL (Generic Array Logic) logic compiler. In addition, LSC has included ISP device samples, ispDOWNLOAD(TM) cables, ispCODE(TM) C source code programming software, and ISP Daisy Chain Download software.

Lattice Semiconductor will also offer products called Syn-Entry ISP for design entry and Syn-Sim ISP for full timing simulation in the coming months which have all the features of Data I/O's Synario-Entry and Synario-Simulation Design Automation tools. Coupled with LSC's pDS+ Synario Fitter these tools will support the full range of LSC's ispLSI and pLSI 1000, 2000, and 3000 device families.

LSC offers ispLSI and pLSI 1000, 2000 and 3000 device families with operating frequencies as high as 154 MHz, densities up to 14000 gates, and over 192 I/O signals. Lattice Semiconductor offers industry leading GAL performance as fast as 3.5ns Tpd, for both 3.3V and 5V power supply applications.

Price and Availability

LSC's ISP Synario System is available today. The price for the ISP Synario System is $495. Syn-Entry ISP and Syn-Sim ISP will begin shipping early in the next calendar quarter at a price of $1495 each. LSC's pDS+ Synario Fitter is available today and carries a manufacturer's suggested list price of $1295.

Reader Contact: Tim Schnettler, tools marketing manager (503) 681-0118.

About Lattice Semiconductor

Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: LSCC) is based in Hillsboro, Oregon. The company designs, develops and markets both high- and low-density, In-System Programmable(TM) (ISP(TM)) programmable logic devices (PLDs). PLDs shorten design cycles and reduce development costs by allowing the customer to quickly and efficiently incorporate different logic functions on a single device. Lattice Semiconductor products are sold worldwide through and extensive network of independent sales representatives and distributors, primarily to OEM customers in the fields of communications, computing, computer peripherals, instrumentation, military systems and industrial controls. Company headquarters are located at 5555 N.E. Moore Court, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124 U.S.A.; Telephone (503) 681-0118; FAX (503) 681-3037. For more information on Lattice Semiconductor Corporation, access our World Wide Web site at:

About Data I/O

Data I/O Corporation is the leading supplier of PC-based universal design software and programming systems for users of programmable integrated circuits. Its EDA software, which includes Synario and ABEL, has an installed customer base of over 35,000 users. Additional products include programmers for engineering environments, low-to high-volume programming systems and integrated programming handling and marking systems for manufacturing environments. Data I/O, founded in 1972, has sales and service offices worldwide and is publicly traded (Nasdaq: DAIO).

NOTE: E2CMOS, GAL, pLSI, pDS and ispLSI are registered trademarks of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation. Generic Array Logic, ISP, LSC, pDS+ and In-System Programmable are trademarks of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
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/CONTACT: Donna Miller of KVO Public Relations, 503-221-1551, or; or Stan Kopec of Lattice Semiconductor, or, 503-681-0118/


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