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Altera Cyclone IV FPGAs

Altera Cyclone IV FPGAs

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Altera Cyclone® IV FPGAs extend the Cyclone FPGA series leadership in providing the market's lowest-cost, lowest-power FPGAs, now with a transceiver variant. Cyclone IV devices are targeted to high-volume, cost-sensitive applications, enabling system designers to meet increasing bandwidth requirements while lowering costs. Providing power and cost savings without sacrificing performance, along with a low-cost integrated transceiver option, Cyclone IV devices are ideal for low-cost, small-form-factor applications in the wireless, wireline, broadcast, industrial, consumer, and communications industries.

Built on an optimized low-power process, the Altera Cyclone IV device family offers two variants. Cyclone IV E offers the lowest power and high functionality with the lowest cost. Cyclone IV GX offers the lowest power and lowest cost FPGAs with 3.125Gbps transceivers.


Features
  • Two Variants:
    • Cyclone IV GX FPGAs with integrated 3.125-Gbps transceiver I/Os for high-bandwidth applications
    • Cyclone IV E FPGAs for a wide spectrum of general logic, control plane, and other embedded control applications
  • Low-cost, low-power FPGA fabric:
    • 6K to 150K logic elements
    • Up to 6.3 Mb of embedded memory
    • Up to 360 18 × 18 multipliers for DSP processing intensive applications
  • Up to 535 user I/Os
  • Up to eight phase-locked loops (PLLs) per device
  • Offered in commercial and industrial temperature grades
Applications
  • Low-cost, small form factor applications in:
    • Broadcast
    • Consumer
    • Industrial
    • Wireless
    • Wireline

Device Logic Elements 18x18 multipliers Transceiver I/Os PCI Express Hard IP Block User I/Os
Cyclone IV E (1.0V) 6,272-114,480 15-266 _ _ 94-535
Cyclone IV GX (1.2V) 14,400-149,760 0-360 2-8 1 72-475


Integration Lowers Cost and Power

Integration Lowers Cost and Power

Cyclone IV FPGA Key Architectural Features

Cyclone IV FPGA Key Architectural Features

Cyclone IV GX devices offer on-chip transceiver I/Os at speeds up to 3.125 Gbps. These high-speed transceivers support many serial I/O protocols, such as Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), PCI Express (PCIe), CPRI, XAUI, 3G Triple-Rate SDI, Serial RapidIO®, SATA, DisplayPort, and V-by-One, that are migrating from the cutting edge to the mainstream. Cyclone IV GX FPGAs also include an embedded PCIe hard IP block that, when utilized by the design engineer, does not use any of the FPGA logic and supports more functionality than any other competing FPGA architecture.

GX Features
  • Up to eight high-speed transceivers that provide:
    • Data rates up to 3.125 Gbps
    • 8B/10B encoder/decoder
    • 8-bit or 10-bit physical media attachment (PMA) to physical coding sublayer (PCS) interface
  • Dedicated hard IP for PCI Express (PIPE) (PCIe) Gen 1:
    • ×1, ×2, and ×4 lane configurations
    • End-point and root-port configurations
    • Up to 256-byte payload
  • Wide range of protocol support:
    • PCIe (PIPE) Gen 1 ×1, ×2, and ×4 (2.5 Gbps)
    • Gigabit Ethernet (1.25 Gbps)
    • CPRI (up to 3.072 Gbps)

Cyclone IV GX Product Specifications
Part Number Logic Elements (LEs) Embedded Memory (Kbits) Embedded 18x18 Multipliers General-Purpose PLLs Multipurpose PLLs High-Speed Transceivers Transceiver Max Data Rate (Gbps) User I/O Banks Max User I/O
EP4CGX15 14400 540 0 1 2 2 2.5 9 72
EP4CGX22 21280 756 40 2 2 4 2.5 9 150
EP4CGX30 29440 1080 80 2 2 4 2.5 9 150
EP4CGX30 29440 1080 80 4 2 4 3.125 11 290
EP4CGX50 49888 2502 140 4 4 8 3.125 11 310
EP4CGX75 73920 4158 198 4 4 8 3.125 11 310
EP4CGX110 109424 5490 280 4 4 8 3.125 11 475
EP4CGX150 149760 6480 360 4 4 8 3.125 11 475

Transceiver Channel for GX
Transceiver Channel for GX
Cyclone IV E Product Specifications
Part Number Logic Elements (LEs) Embedded Memory (Kbits) Embedded 18x18 Multipliers General-Purpose PLLs Global Clock Networks Maximum User I/O
EP4CE6 6272 270 15 2 10 179
EP4CE10 10320 414 23 2 10 179
EP4CE15 15408 504 56 4 20 343
EP4CE22 22320 594 66 4 20 153
EP4CE30 28848 594 66 4 20 532
EP4CE40 39600 1134 116 4 20 532
EP4CE55 55856 2340 154 4 20 374
EP4CE75 75408 2745 200 4 20 426
EP4CE115 114480 3888 266 4 20 528
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

Development Board Block Diagram
Development Board Block Diagram

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

Starter Board Block Diagram
Starter Board Block Diagram
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