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Altera Cyclone® Development Tools

Altera Cyclone® Development Tools


Altera Cyclone V SoC Development Kit



Kit Includes
  • Board, power supply, cables, reference design
  • Includes 1 user license for ARM DS-5 Altera Edition Toolkit
  • Uses Quartus II Web Edition design software

Features
  • Integrated HPS lets the user reduce system power, system cost, and board space:
    • Consists of processors, peripherals, and memory controller
  • Performance and ecosystem of an applications-class ARM® processor combined with the flexibility, low cost, and low power consumption of the Cyclone V FPGAs

Altera Cyclone V SoC Development Board Block Diagram

Altera Cyclone V SoC Development Board Block Diagram
Altera Cyclone IV GX FPGA Development Kit

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Altera Cyclone® IV GX FPGA Development Kit

Altera Cyclone® IV GX FPGA Development Kit provides a comprehensive, best-in-class design environment to quickly begin developing low-cost and low-power FPGA system-level designs. This kit helps to shorten your product’s development cycle so that you can meet your product’s time to market and production milestones. With this platform, you can develop and test PCI Express® Gen1 x1, x2, x4 endpoint designs using the Cyclone IV GX PCI Express hard intellectual property (IP) and PCI-SIG®-compliant board. You can also develop and test multi-lane protocol bridging designs using on-board DDR2 memory and through its expansion capability, the high-speed mezzanine card (HSMC) connectors. There are over 30 different HSMCs available through Altera partners and supporting protocols such as CPRI, SATA, and SDI. Come up to speed quickly with your FPGA design by reusing the example designs provided by the kit's Board Test System. The kit's host board can be used as the design model for your product’s low-cost and low-power board.


Development Kit Contents
  • Cyclone IV GX FPGA development board
    • Featured device
      • Cyclone IV GX EP4CGX150N FPGA in a F896 package
    • Configuration status and set-up elements
      • Passive serial (PS) configuration via a MAX® II EPM2210 CPLD and flash memory
      • On-board USB-Blaster™ download cable using Quartus® II Programmer
    • Clocks
      • On-board clock oscillators: 50 MHz, 100 MHz (programmable), and 125 MHz
      • SMA connectors for external clock input
      • SMA connectors for clock output
    • General user input and output
      • LEDs
      • LCD display
      • Push button and dual in-line package (DIP) switches
    • Memory devices
      • 128-megabytes (MB) DDR2 SDRAMs with a 32-bit data bus
      • 64-MB sync flash and 4-MB SSRAM


Altera Cyclone IV GX Transceiver Starter Kit

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Altera Cyclone® IV GX Transceiver Starter Kit

Altera Cyclone® IV GX Transceiver Starter Kit provides a low-cost platform for developing transceiver I/O-based FPGA designs. This kit includes the complete hardware and software for you to develop your FPGA design for cost-sensitive applications, measure the FPGA's low power consumption and test signal quality of the FPGA transceiver I/O pins (up to 2.5 Gbps). You can also develop and test PCI Express® (PCIe®) 1.0 endpoint x1 lane designs (~250 MBps transfer rate).


Starter Kit Contents
  • Cyclone IV GX transceiver starter board
    • Featured device
      • Cyclone IV GX EP4CGX15BF14C8N FPGA
    • Configuration status and set-up elements
      • MAX® II CPLD EPM2210 System Controller enabling passive serial (PS) configuration from flash
      • Embedded USB-Blaster™ for using the Quartus II Programmer
      • JTAG header for external USB-Blaster
      • Altera serial configuration device
    • Clocks
      • FPGA clock sources: 50 MHz, 125 MHz, and SMA clock input
      • Other on-board oscillators: 6 MHz, 24 MHz, and 25 MHz
    • General user input/output
      • LEDs
      • Two-line character LCD display
      • Push-buttons
    • Memory devices
      • 16 MB of flash memory
      • 2 MB of synchronous SRAM
    • Component and interfaces
      • PCIe edge connector
      • 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet PHY with RJ-45 connector or one transceiver to SMA connectors (requires a minor board modification)
      • On-board power measurement circuitry
Altera Embedded Systems Development Kit, Cyclone III Edition

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Altera Embedded Systems Dev Kit, Cyclone III Edition

Altera Embedded Systems Development Kit, Cyclone® III Edition is a complete development platform for prototyping embedded systems on Altera’s low-cost, low-power FPGA family. This kit is an ideal choice for developers running Linux on the Nios® II processor. This Altera kit includes a Cyclone III FPGA-based board with high-speed mezzanine card (HSMC) connectors to interface to a wide range of daughtercards, an LCD multimedia HSMC to interface to common peripherals such as standard definition (SD) card, LCD color touch panel, etc. It also comes with a multipurpose HSMC for software debugging and developing interfaces for USB 2.0 and Santa Cruz daughtercards. This board is, in itself, an embedded system. On power-up, you can load a menu of “ready-to-run” demo applications. When connected to a network port, the Board Update Portal web page is served. From there, you can remotely update the board with a new design.


Development Kit Features
  • Development Hardware
    • Cyclone III Development Base Board for embedded prototyping
      • HSMC connections to interface with a wide range of daughter cards for a variety of applications (video, broadcast, Ethernet etc)
    • LCD Multimedia HSMC to extend development to include common embedded peripherals such as SD Card, LCD Color Touch Panel, PS2, Video, UART and Ethernet
    • Multi-purpose HSMC for software debugging and developing interfaces for USB and SD
  • Design Examples
    • Pre-built example processor systems that serve as starting points to accelerate hardware development
      • Nios II 3C120 General Purpose Microprocessor System (Standard)
      • Nios II 3C120 Microprocessor System with LCD Controller (LCD)
    • Example software applications with source code to accelerate software development
      • Application Selector with embedded Web Server
    • Ready-to-Run demonstration applications from Altera’s embedded graphics, IP, operating system and middleware partners for easy evaluation
      • Altera Mandelbrot C2H demo
      • Graphics demos from TES and PlanetWeb


Altera Cyclone III LS FPGA Development Kit

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Altera Cyclone III LS FPGA Development Kit

Altera Cyclone® III LS FPGA Development Kit is a complete design environment that includes both the hardware and software you need to develop Cyclone III LS FPGA designs. The board and the one-year license for the Quartus® II software provide everything you need to begin developing custom Cyclone III LS FPGA designs. The kit lets you develop and test memory subsystems consisting of DDR2 memory. Designers can take advantage of the modular and scalable design by using the high-speed mezzanine card (HSMC) connectors to interface to over 20 different HSMCs provided by Altera partners.


Development Kit Features
  • Hardware
    • Cyclone III LS FPGA development board—A development platform that allows you to develop and prototype hardware designs running on the Cyclone III LS EP3CLS200 FPGA.
    • Power supply and cables—The development kit includes the following items:
      • Power supply and AC adapters for North America/Japan, Europe, and the United Kingdom
      • USB cable
      • Ethernet cable
  • Software
    • Altera Complete Design Suite:
      • Quartus II Software—The Quartus II software, including the SOPC Builder system development tool, provides a comprehensive environment for system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) design. The Quartus II software integrates into nearly any design environment and provides interfaces to industry-standard EDA tools.
      • MegaCore® IP Library—A library that contains Altera IP MegaCore functions.
      • Nios® II Embedded Design Suite (EDS)—A full-featured set of tools that allow you to develop embedded software for the Nios II processor which you can include in your Altera FPGA designs.


Altera Cyclone III FPGA Starter Kit

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Altera Cyclone III FPGA Starter Kit

Altera Cyclone III FPGA Starter Kit is easy to use and an ideal introduction if you have never designed with FPGAs before. If you are an experienced FPGA designer considering the Cyclone III FPGA architecture, you'll love building systems leveraging the 60 percent (on average) faster performance that Cyclone III FPGAs offer over competitor offerings. Several design examples included in the kit make for a quick "out-of-the-box" evaluation experience.


Starter Kit Features
  • Low-power consumption Altera Cyclone III EP3C25 chip in a 324-pin FineLine BGA (FBGA) package
  • Expandable through HSMC connector
  • 32-megabyte (MB) DDR SDRAM
  • 16-MB parallel flash device for configuration and storage
  • 1-MB high-speed SSRAM memory
  • Four user push-button switches
  • Four user LEDs
Starter Kit Advantages
  • Facilitates a fast and successful FPGA design experience with example designs and demonstrations.
  • Directly configure and communicate with the Cyclone III device via the on-board USB-Blaster™ circuitry and JTAG header
  • Active parallel flash configuration
  • Low power consumption
  • Cost-effective modular design

Top View of Cyclone III FPGA Starter Board
Top View of Cyclone III FPGA Starter Board
Altera Cyclone® II FPGA Starter Development Kit

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Altera Cyclone® II FPGA Starter Development Kit

Altera Cyclone® II FPGA Starter Development Kit is ideal for evaluating Altera's high-performance, low-power, 90-nm technology. By using this RoHS-compliant starter development kit, you will see 60 percent (on average) higher performance and 50 percent (on average) lower power than competing 90-nm, low-cost FPGAs. Several reference designs and demonstrations included in the kit make for a quick, "out-of-the-box" evaluation experience.


Starter Kit Features
  • Cyclone II Starter Development Board
  • Cyclone II EP2C20F484C7N device
  • Configuration
    • USB-Blaster™ download cable (embedded)
    • EPCS4 serial configuration device
  • Memory
    • 8-Mb SDRAM
    • 512-Kb SRAM
    • 4-Mb flash
  • Clocking
    • SMA connector (external clock input)
  • Audio
    • 24-bit coder/decoder (CODEC)
  • Switches and indicators
    • Ten switches and four push buttons
    • Four 7-segment displays
    • Ten red and eight green LEDs
  • Connectors
    • VGA, RS-232, and PS/2 ports
    • Two 40-pin expansion ports
    • SD/MMC socket
  • Cables/power
    • Power from USB cable or external power supply (recommended when using the kit with accessory daughtercards, U.S.-style adapter provided)

Starter Board Lay-Out
Starter Board Lay-Out
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