Cyclone V GX Starter Kit

Description of product


The Cyclone V Starter Kit presents a robust hardware design platform built around the Altera Cyclone V GX FPGA, which is optimized for the lowest cost and power requirement for transceiver applications with industry-leading programmable logic for ultimate design flexibility. With Cyclone V FPGAs, you can get the power, cost, and performance levels you need for high-volume applications including protocol bridging, motor control drives, broadcast video converter and capture cards, and handheld devices. The Cyclone V Starter Kit development board includes hardware such as Arduino Header, on-board USB Blaster, audio and video capabilities and much more. In addition, an on-board HSMC connector with high-speed transceivers allows for an even greater array of hardware setups. By leveraging all of these capabilities, the Cyclone V Starter Kit is the perfect solution for showcasing, evaluating, and prototyping the true potential of the Altera Cyclone V GX FPGA.

FPGA Device

  • Cyclone V GX 5CGXFC5C6F27C7N Device
  • 77K Programmable Logic Elements
  • 4884 Kbits embedded memory
  • Six Fractional PLLs
  • Two Hard Memory Controllers
  • Six 3.125G Transceivers

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

Memory Device

  • 4Gb LPDDR2 x32 bits data bus
  • 4Mb SRAM x16 bits data bus


Expansion I/O

  • HSMC x 1(voltage levels: 2.5V), including 4-lanes 3.125G transceiver
  • 2x20 GPIO Header (voltage levels: 3.3V)
  • Arduino header, including analog pins
  • SMA x 4 (DNI), one-lane 3.125G transceiver


  • HDMI TX, compatible with DVI v1.0 and HDCP v1.4


  • 24-bit CODEC, Line-in, line-out, and microphone-in jacks

Switches, Buttons, LED, and 7-Segments

  • 18 LEDs
  • 10 Slide Switches
  • 4 Debounced Push Buttons
  • 1 CPU reset Push Buttons
  • Four 7-Segments

Micro SD Card Socket

  • Provides SPI and 4-bit SD mode for SD Card access


  • 12-Bit Resolution, 500Ksps Sampling Rate. SPI Interface.
  • 8-Channel Analog Input. Input Range : 0V ~ 4.096V.


  • 12V DC input

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