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Altera_Forum
Honored Contributor I
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A Powerful NIOSⅡDev Platform : Black Gold

Black Gold is a FPGA development platform which designed for NIOSII developing. 

 

Its main chip is ENC28J60, the common type of Cyclone II FPGAs and enough for the NIOSII. Black Gold includes the external sdram, flash, and some peripheral , also the 128X64 LCD , it’s a full system for a NIOSII project. 

 

  • All gold-plated, professional layout 

  • Core board and expand board separate, easy upgrade 

  • core board can run separately without expand board , and 100 I/O breakout. 

  • 64Mbit SDRAM,16Mbit configuration chip, perfect support NIOS II 

  • With 128*64 LCD and button keypad 

  • ENC28J60 and HR911102A for Ethernet development 

  • CH376 for USB development 

 

 

The official version of Black Gold is in now, and we will go on update the <<Deal with NISO II>> to provide more tutors for Black Gold. 

http://iteadstudio.com/store/images/produce/Platform/BlackGold/BG2.jpg  

http://iteadstudio.com/store/images/produce/Platform/BlackGold/BG3.jpg  

 

http://iteadstudio.com/store/images/produce/Platform/BlackGold/BG4.jpg  

Download the Schematic of the core board here (http://iteadstudio.com/downloadfile/bg/schematic_core.pdf

1. For Ethernet development: with ENC28J60 chip (datasheet) 

 

2. For USB development: with CH376 chip(datasheet) 

 

3. 128*64 LCD 

 

4. DS1302 RTC chip (datasheet) 

 

5. 512*8bit EEPROM : 24LC04 (datasheet) 

 

6. PS/2 interface 

 

7. RS232 serial port 

 

8. 6 Digital tubes (common anode) 

 

9. 5 buttons keypad 

 

10. VGA interface 

 

11. Buzzer 

 

12. 4 LEDs 

http://iteadstudio.com/store/images/produce/Platform/BlackGold/BG5.jpg  

Download the Schematic of the expand board here (http://iteadstudio.com/downloadfile/bg/schematic_expand.pdf

The Black Gold is a open source project , so we also will sell the bard PCB board in our iStore with Open PCB category. 

Download the PCB pdf file here (http://iteadstudio.com/downloadfile/bg/bg_pcb.pdf

1. For Ethernet development: with ENC28J60 chip (datasheet) 

 

2. For USB development: with CH376 chip(datasheet) 

 

3. 128*64 LCD 

 

4. DS1302 RTC chip (datasheet) 

 

5. 512*8bit EEPROM : 24LC04 (datasheet) 

 

6. PS/2 interface 

 

7. RS232 serial port 

 

8. 6 Digital tubes (common anode) 

 

9. 5 buttons keypad 

 

10. VGA interface 

 

11. Buzzer 

 

12. 4 LEDs 

 

 

The <<Deal with NIOS II>> is basis on Black Gold ,all chapter has a demo and here we release all the demo code first , and the <<Deal with NIOS II >> will continuously updated. 

 

Download the QUARTUS Project Files here (http://iteadstudio.com/downloadfile/bg/quartus_projectfiles.rar

Download all the demo code for <<Deal with NIOS II>> here (http://iteadstudio.com/downloadfile/bg/bg_demo.rar

 

The demo code zip includes: 

1_hello 

2_led 

3_int 

4_uart 

5_rtc 

6_eeprom 

7_lan 

8_sys_clock 

9_timer 

10_timestamp 

11_dma 

12_sdram 

13_flash 

14_lcd 

15_pwm 

16_ps2_keyboard 

17_usb_device 

18_usb_host1 

19_usb_host2 

20_usb_host3 

21_dig 

 

You can get more detailed information about this dev platform here: 

http://iteadstudio.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cpath=1&products_id=187
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Altera_Forum
Honored Contributor I
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Thats interesting, as well as the USB Blaster Clone for $19.90 

 

Do you plan to offer it with a bigger FPGA like EP2C20Q240 or EP3C16/EP3C25 ? 

as well as the ability to mount a bigger EPCS (or OEM) like EPCS64 ?
Altera_Forum
Honored Contributor I
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Thanks for your feedback ; ) 

 

So far we have not plan to upgrade it to bigger FPGA , Black Gold is designed for beginners and ENC28J60 is enough for many primary projects , and the price will be lower if using ENC28J60 but EP2C20Q240. 

 

Maybe we will release a new board which for master, then it will with a powerful FPGA and more peripherals.
Altera_Forum
Honored Contributor I
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Just a PCB that has only a FPGA like EP2C20 or EP3C16/25 with 16bit SDRam and a big EPCS and all other IO's connected to a pin field, and of course the Vccint (and Vcca for EP3) via LDO like the firefly did but this pcb was only available with EP1C12 if i am right. 

 

i knew a couple of fpga projects out there where the people do not want to solder such "tiny" pin to pin distances but they require just the above minimum and would like to connect their own stuff to the free FPGA pins. 

if you have a usb blaster for this smal amount of money, why not integrating it to this minimal pcb ? 

just a business idea...
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