Cyclone V GX Starter Kit – Introduction

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The Cyclone V GX Starter kit is an Evaluation Board (EVB) from Terasic based on Altera’s Cyclone V GX FPGA. The Cyclone V Starter Kit development board includes hardware such as Arduino Header, on-board USB Blaster, audio and video capabilities and much more

On further entries of the blog, I will be including several projects based on this EVB.

The Cyclone V Starter kit board features the following major component blocks:

  • Cyclone V GX 5CGXFC5C6F27C7N Device
    • 77K Programmable Logic Elements
    • 4884 Kbits embedded memory
    • Two Hard Memory Controllers
    • Six 3.125G Transceivers
  • FPGA configuration circuitry
    • Quad Serial Configuration device – EPCQ256 on FPGA
    • On-Board USB Blaster (Normal Type-B USB connector)
  • Memory
    • 4Gb LPDDR2 x32 bits data bus
    • 4Mb SRAM x16 bits data bus
  • Interfaces and expansion I/O
    • UART to USB
    • Micro SD Card Socket
    • HSMC x 1(voltage levels: 2.5V), including 4-lanes 3.125G transceiver
    • 2×20 GPIO Header (voltage levels: 3.3V)
    • Arduino header, including analog pins
    • SMA x 4 (DNI), one-lane 3.125G transceiver
  • General user input / output
    • 18 LEDs
    • 10 Slide Switches
    • 4 Debounced Push Buttons + 1 CPU reset Push Button
    • Four 7-Segment displays
  • Audio/Video
    • HDMI TX, compatible with DVI v1.0 and HDCP v1.4
    • 24-bit CODEC, Line-in, line-out, and microphone-in jacks
  • ADC
    • 12-Bit Resolution, 500Ksps Sampling Rate. SPI Interface.
    • 8-Channel Analog Input. Input Range : 0V ~ 4.096V.
  • Power
    • 12V DC input



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