Cyclone V GT FPGA Development Kit

Description of product

The Altera® Cyclone® V GT FPGA Development Kit can be used to prototype Cyclone V GT FPGA or Cyclone V GX FPGA applications. It offers a quick and simple way to develop low-cost and low-power FPGA system-level designs and achieve rapid results. This kit supports a myriad of functionalities such as:

•FPGA prototyping
•FPGA power measurement
•Transceiver I/O performance up to 5.0 Gbps
•PCI Express® (PCIe®) Gen2 x4 (at 5.0 Gbps per lane)
•Endpoint or rootport support

FPGA Device

  • Configuration and Debug
  • Quad Serial Configuration device – EPCQ256 on FPGA
  • On-Board USB Blaster (Normal Type-B USB connector)
  • JTAG and AS mode configuration supported


  • Communication
  • Embedded USB-Blaster II (JTAG)
  • Fast Passive Parallel (PFL)
  • Intel EPCQ—EPCQ256SI16N (Quad Serial Configuration Device)

Memory Device

  • 384 MB x40 hard memory controller (HMC) DDR3 SDRAM with error correction code (ECC)
  • 512 MB x64 soft memory controller (SMC) DDR3 SDRAM
  • 1 Gb x16 sync flash

Standard communication ports

  • PCIe x4 edge connector
  • Gigabit Ethernet (GbE)
  • One SMA clock output
  • Two universal high-speed mezzanine card (HSMC) connectors, each with four high-speed serial transciever channels
  • One serial digital interface (SDI) channel —1 SMB for RX and 1 SMB for TX
  • Channel shared with HSMA via resistor stuffing option

Push buttons, DIP switches, and LEDs


  • Programmable clock generator for FPGA reference clock input
  • 125 MHz LVDS oscillator for FPGA reference clock input
  • 148.5/148.35 MHz LVDS VCXO for FPGA reference clock input
  • 50 MHz single-ended oscillator for FPGA and MAX  V CPLD clock input
  • 100 MHz single-ended oscillator for MAX  V CPLD configuration clock input
  • SMA input (LVPECL)


  • Laptop DC Input 14 – 20 V adapter
  • PCIe edge connector

System monitoring circuit

  • Power (Voltage, Current, Wattage)


  • PCIe card standard size (4.376" x 6.600")

Block Diagram