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Altera USB-Blaster™ Download Cable

Altera USB-Blaster™ Download Cable

Altera's USB-Blaster™ Download Cable interfaces a USB port on a host computer to an Altera® FPGA mounted on a printed circuit board. The cable sends configuration data from the PC to a standard 10-pin header connected to the FPGA. You can use the USB-Blaster cable to iteratively download configuration data to a system during prototyping or to program data into the system during production.

Supported Devices

You can use the USB-Blaster download cable to
download configuration data to the following Altera devices:
  • Stratix® series FPGAs
  • Cyclone® series FPGAs
  • MAX® series CPLDs
  • Arria® GX series FPGAs

  • APEX™ series FPGAs
  • ACEX® 1K FPGAs
  • Mercury™ FPGAs
  • FLEX 10K® series FPGAs
  • Excalibur™ FPGAs

    You can perform in-system programming of the following devices:
    • Altera configuration devices including EPC2 devices
    • Enhanced configuration devices including EPC4, EPC8, and EPC16 devices
    • Serial configuration devices including EPCS1, EPCS4, EPCS16, EPCS64, and EPCS128 devices
    • In addition, you can perform SignalTap® II logic analysis
    • The USB-Blaster download cable supports target systems using 5.0-V TTL, 3.3-V LVTTL/LVCMOS, and single-ended I/O standards from 1.5 V to 3.3 V

    Power Requirements
    The USB-Blaster download cable requires the following power sources:
    5.0 V from the USB cable
    Between 1.5 V and 5.0 V from the target circuit board

    Software Requirements

    The USB-Blaster download cable is only available for Windows 2000, Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit), UNIX and all Linux platforms such as Red Hat Enterprise 4, Red Hat Enterprise 5, CentOS 4/5, and SUSE Linux Enterprise 9.


    Use the Quartus® II software version 4.0 or later to configure your device. The USB-Blaster download cable also supports the following:

    • Quartus II Programmer (for programming and configuration)
    • Quartus II SignalTap® II Logic Analyzer (for logic analysis)
    • Quartus II Programmer (standalone version)
    • Quartus II SignalTap II logic analyzer (standalone version)
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