Altera Arria V GX Starter Kit

Description of product


The Altera® Arria® V GX Starter Kit provides a complete design environment that includes all the hardware and software you need to develop cost-sensitive FPGA applications immediately. The development kit is RoHS compliant. The development kit features the following:

  • Arria V GX FPGA—360KLE, F1152 package, 24X6.5G XCVRs, C4 speed grade
  • One I/O expansion slot—one high-speed mezzanine card (HSMC) connector
  • 256 MB of SDRAM memory
  • High-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) and serial digital interface (SDI) connections
  • SMAs
  • FPGA:

    • Arria V GX  5AGXFB3H4F35C4N

    System controller: MAX® V 5M2210ZF256C4N

    • Power monitor GUI
    • Single analog-to-digital converter (ADC), eight channels
    • Non-isolated power rail
    • Fast passive parallel (FPP) x16 mode through parallel flash loader (PFL)
    • Control and status registers

    Embedded USB-BlasterTM II:

    • MAX II EPM570GM100C4N

    HDMI 1.3 TX

    • x4 XCVR, 2.7 Gbps (max by level shifter) and 270 MHz TX clock HDMI TX connector
    • STMicroelectronics HDMI level shifter STHDLS101T
    • Level shift XCVR PCML 1.5V <-> TMDS level
    • DDC and HPD <-> HDMI compliant level
    • Data channel up to 2.7 Gbps; HDMI 1.3 compliant
    • Clock channel up to 270 MHz; enough to support 2.7 Gbps data rate
    • HDMI specification: clock period = 10x of UI

    SDI 3G

    • x1 XCVR TX/RX loopback
    • x2 SMB connectors and cable (cable not included in kit)
    • Up to 2.97 Gbps
    • Uses National Semiconductor driver/receiver LMH0384SQ/LMH0303SQx
    • Requires 148.5 MHz and 148.35 MHz at XCVR refclk to support US and EU standard respectively
    • Use VCXO to fine tune and lock to the recovered CDR frequency


    • x8 XCVR up to 6.375 Gbps
    • Not complied to PCI Express® (PCIe® ) HIP pin assignment
    • x4 CMOS
    • x8 TX and x9 RX differential interface using dedicated TX/RX channels
    • x2 low-voltage differential signalling (LVDS) clock in
    • x2 differential clock out
    • I2C
    • JTAG
    • Minimum current support
    • 2A @ 3.3V
    • 1A @ 12V
    • Dedicated clock domain from Si 5338 clock generator for xcvr refclk
    • HSMC loopback with BTS GUI


    • 1x XCVR TX/RX channel
    • 1x LVPECL clock input
    • 1X LVPECL clock output


    • Dedicated clock domain from Si 5338 clock generator for xcvr refclk

    DDR3 SDRAM x32

    • Micron MT41J64M16LA-15E DDR3 SDRAM 8MX16X8
    • Two devices: 2 x16 width = x32
    • BTS DDR3 SDRAM GUI using Uniphy and high performance (HP) controller II


    • 512k x36, 18 Mb ISSI IS61VPS51236A
    • Shared address or data with flash

    User IO

    • LCD character
    • x4 DIP switch
    • x3 PB
    • x4 LED


    • FPP x16 mode
    • Dual flash 512Mbit Numonyx PC28F512P30BF (52 MHz FMAX )
    • JTAG header

    Embedded USB Blaster II

    • Cypress Microcontroller CY7C68013A as USB PHY 2.0
    • MAX II


    • 10/100/1000 Base-T
    • RJ-45 connector, on-board LED for link status
    • Marvell Ethernet PHY 88E1111
    • Requires 50 MHz clock from CLKIN

    Altera Arria V GX Starter Board Block Diagram

    Altera Arria V GX Starter Board Block Diagram