Download Cables

Intel® FPGA download cables are available for use in the in-circuit reconfiguration of Intel® FPGAs. Download cables are also available for programming of on-chip flash within MAX® series devices.

With Intel® FPGA download cables, design changes can be downloaded directly to the device, prototyping is easy and multiple design iterations can be accomplished in quick succession. See Table 1 for available download cables.

Download Cables

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Intel® FPGA Download Cable II Launched Q2'16
Intel® FPGA Download Cable Launched Q3'11
Intel® FPGA Ethernet Cable Launched Q4'17
Intel® FPGA Parallel Port Cable Launched Q1'01

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Table 1. Currently Supported Download Cables

Purchase online or review the user guide for each download cable  

Intel® FPGA Parallel Port Cable

  • Formerly the ByteBlaster* II, enables a PC to configure or program Intel® FPGA devices. The download cable drives configuration or programming data using a standard parallel printer port from the PC
  • BitBlaster* II Download Cable User Guide (PDF)
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Intel® FPGA Download Cable

  • Formerly the USB-Blaster, drives configuration or programming data from the PC to configure or program Intel® FPGA devices
  • RoHS and USB Full-Speed compliant
  • Supports standard Full-Speed USB PC ports
  • USB-Blaster Download Cable User Guide (PDF)
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Intel® FPGA Download Cable II

  • Formerly the USB-Blaster II, implements the faster USB 2.0 High-Speed protocol to drive configuration or programming data from the PC to configure or program Intel® FPGA devices.
  • RoHS and USB Hi-Speed (USB 2.0) compliant
  • Supports standard USB PC ports
  • USB-Blaster II Download Cable User Guide (PDF)
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Intel® FPGA Ethernet Cable

  • Formerly the EthernetBlaster II, enables configuration and programming data from an Ethernet network to remotely configure or program Intel® FPGA devices
  • RoHS Compliant
  • Supports standard Ethernet network ports with an RJ-45 connector
  • EthernetBlaster II Download Cable User Guide (PDF)
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The BitBlaster*, ByteBlaster*, ByteBlasterMV*, EthernetBlaster* and MasterBlaster* download cables have been superseded and are no longer sold by Intel.

Cable-Device Compatibility

Table 2 lists the device support for each download cable.

Table 2. Device Support Comparison

The Intel® FPGA Parallel Port Cable, Intel® FPGA Download Cable, Intel® FPGA Download Cable II, and Intel® FPGA Ethernet Cable all support the following:
Intel® Stratix® FPGA Series
Intel® Cyclone® FPGA Series
Intel® Arria® FPGA Series

Intel® MAX®

  • Intel® MAX® 10 Devices
  • MAX® II Devices
  • MAX® 7000A Devices
Serial Configuration Devices
Enhanced Configuration Devices