Altera's Cyclone III FPGA Development Kit combines the largest density low-cost, low-power FPGA available with a robust set of memories and user interfaces. The kit dramatically reduces the design and verification portion of your project, whether it’s for automotive, consumer, wireless communications, video processing or another high-volume, cost-sensitive application.
The low-cost Cyclone III FPGA family—the industry’s first family of low-cost, 60-nm devices—offers an unprecedented combination of low power, high functionality, and low cost. Cyclone III devices are ideal to complement or replace ASSPs or ASICs.
If you are an experienced FPGA designer checking out the Cyclone III architecture, you'll love building systems leveraging the 50 percent (on average) faster performance Cyclone III FPGAs offer over the competition.
Table 1. Cyclone III FPGA Development Kit Ordering Code and Pricing Information
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Cyclone III FPGAs and 8-, 16-, 32-Bit Soft IP Processors
Cyclone III FPGAs, when combined with embedded processor IP cores, are perfectly suited to function as embedded processors or microcontrollers. Check out the other Cyclone III FPGA-based kits, specifically bundled with and targeted for Nios® II embedded processing applications and available now (other processor architecture kits are also available).
Altera developed the specification for the HSMC, which is based on the Samtec mechanical connector, to define and standardize the interface between optional daughtercards and host boards. This specification outlines both the electrical and mechanical properties of the interface between daughtercard and host. You can also create your own HSMC interface-compatible daughtercards.
This kit installation works with Quartus II Design Software version 11.1.0.
This kit installation works with Quartus II Design Software version 11.0.0.
This kit installation works with Quartus II Design Software version 10.1.0.
This kit installation works with Quartus II Design Software version 9.1.2.
There are two known errata on this development kit. The problems are with the on-board power monitor circuitry and a reset issue with the embedded USB-Blastercircuitry. Both bugs can be fixed by downloading an updated MAX II CPLD programming file.
To see if your board needs the updated programming file, press and hold the CPU_RESET pushbutton. If the Power Display does not show “1337” or higher or shows nothing at all, you should upgrade your board to the new programming file.
Download the zip file that contains the files needed to upgrade your board, and then follow the instructions in the max2_upgrade_instructions.txt text file.