Cyclone V SoC Development Kit and SoC Embedded Design Suite

Description of product


The Altera® Cyclone® V SoC Development Kit offers a quick and simple approach to develop custom ARM® processor-based SOC designs accompanied by Altera’s low-power, low-cost Cyclone V FPGA fabric. This kit supports a wide range of functions, such as:

  • Processor and FPGA prototyping and power measurement
  • Industrial networking protocols
  • Motor control applications*
  • Acceleration of image- and video-processing applications*
  • PCI Express® (PCIe®) x4 lane with ~1,000 MBps transfer rate (endpoint or rootport)
  • Featured devices

    • Cyclone V SX SoC—5CSXFC6D6F31C6N (SoC)
    • MAX® V CPLD—5M2210ZF256C4N (system controller)
    • MAX II CPLD—EPM570GF100 (embedded USB-BlasterTM II cable)

    FPGA configuration sources

    • Embedded USB-Blaster II (JTAG) cable
    • EPCQ flash (PFL)
    • Hard processor system (HPS)

    FPGA memory

    • 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM (32 bit)

    FPGA I/O interfaces

    • 2X 10/100 Ethernet PHYs (EtherCAT)
    • PCIe Gen 1 x4 female connector
    • Universal high-speed mezzanine card (HSMC)—x4 transceivers, x16 TX LVDS, x16 RX LVDS
    • One serial digital interface (SDI) channel
    • Four SMAs for one transceiver channel
    • x4 push buttons
    • x2 switches
    • x4 LEDs

    HPS boot sources

    • 128 MB QSPI Flash
    • Removable Micro-SD Card flash
    • FPGA

    HPS memory

    • 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM (32 bit) with error correction code (ECC)
    • 128 MB QSPI flash
    • Micro-SD Card socket with 4 GB Micro-SD Card flash device

    HPS I/O interfaces

    • x1 USB 2.0 On-the-Go (OTG)
    • x1 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE/100GbE/1000GbE)
    • x1 CAN
    • x1 UART (UART to USB bridge)
    • x1 real-time clock (with battery backup)
    • x1 two-line text LCD
    • 1-/2-channel, 20 bit delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter (Linear Technology LTC2422)
    • x4 push buttons
    • x4 switches
    • x4 LEDs


    • Four-output programmable clock generator for FPGA reference clock inputs
    • 125 MHz LVDS oscillator for FPGA reference clock input
    • 148.5 MHz LVDS programmable voltage-controlled crystal oscillator (VCXO) for FPGA reference clock input
    • 50 MHz single-ended oscillator for FPGA and MAX V FPGA clock input
    • 100 MHz single-ended oscillator for MAX V FPGA configuration clock input
    • SMA input for HPS clock


    • Laptop DC input 14—20 V adapter

    System monitoring circuit

    • Power (voltage, current, wattage)

    HSMC breakout board

    HSMC loopback board

    • Mechanical
      • Board dimensions—8.19” x 5.22”
    • Cyclone V SX FPGA Development Kit software content
    • Design examples
      • Board test system (BTS)*
      • Golden System Reference Design with Board Update Portal web server
    • Complete documentation
    • SoC Embedded Design Suite Subscription Edition
      • ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5™) Altera Edition Toolkit
      • Hardware-to-software handoff tools
      • Linux run-time software for application development
      • SoC hardware libraries for firmware development
      • Application examples
    • Free software supported by Quartus® II software v13.1, Web Edition

    Schematic of the Cyclone V SX SoC Development Board