Designed for educational and industrial use Can be used with block diagrams, VHDL or Verilog NIOS II core compatible On-board configuration memory
The E-blocks FPGA solution combines the speed and power of the Altera Cyclone IV series FPGA devices with the simplicity of E-blocks to provide five full 8-bit E-blocks I/O ports. The FPGA is programmed using Altera's Quartus II Web Edition software via a USB Blaster from Terasic. The FPGA device used is an EP4CE10E22 which has 10320 macrocells and 414Kb of RAM. The board also features a 4MB configuration device allowing the FPGA to auto-start with the user's last program on power up or reset. Full course notes are available.
The FPGA Board connects to your PC via the USB Blaster which is then connected via a standard USB cable to provide you with a low-cost FPGA development board and programmer which is simple to set up and use. The board is fully compatible with a wide range of E-blocks, which makes it an extremely flexible platform for learning and developing projects.
The board allows in-circuit programming of its Altera FPGA Cyclone IV device. This board is used together with Altera's free and comprehensive downloadable programming software, Quartus II. The board can be programmed using various programming techniques such as Schematic Entry, Block Diagram, and Hardware Description Languages (HDLs) such as AHDL, VHDL and Verilog. It provides "clean" access to all available I/O lines on the relevant FPGA device.
E-Blocks FPGA Board Resources
E-Blocks Overview E-Blocks are small circuit boards each of which contains a block of electronics that you would typically find in an electronic system. Each E-Block performs a separate function as either an input sub-system, an output sub-system, an input/output sub-system or a processing sub-system.
E-Blocks can be put together to form a variety of systems that can be used for teaching and learning electronics, and for the rapid prototyping of complex electronic systems.
Each E-Block has one or more 9-way D-type connectors that provide up to eight input/output lines and a ground line. These D-type connectors allow connection between E-Blocks to be made in buses of multiples of 8 lines, just like a real electronic system. Power is routed separately to those E-Blocks that need it.
Processing E-Blocks based on PIC, dsPIC, ARM or AVR microcontrollers, Altera FPGAs, Arduino or Raspberry Pi control the whole E-Blocks system. Processing E-Blocks provide up to five input/output ports with up to eight lines per port.
Please see the E-Blocks Category for a list of available components. For more details on E-Blocks, see the E-Blocks User Guide (in English, French, German and Spanish) or watch the Introduction to E-Blocks video.