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Dev board with Ethernet & a few IO?

In order to allow a new client to prove a concept I'm looking for a basic/ cheap Altera FPGA eval board with ethernet and a few digital IO lines (although the IO lines aren't critical if there's an HSMC connector). 

 

I thought the CycloneIII started board would be ideal but hadn't realised this has no e'net connectivity. 

 

I can't find a basic/ cheap board through the altera site, does anyone have any suggestions? 

 

Thanks for any pointers, 

 

Nial.
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Altera_Forum
Honored Contributor I
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how cheap is cheap?

Altera_Forum
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The BeMicro-SDK $79 has an ethernet interface and GPIO via an expansion header. The board uses low-power DDR, which is not supported directly by Altera's IP core, you have to use a 3rd party block. I have this board, but have had no need to use the ethernet or DDR. 

 

The Cyclone IV GX Transceiver Starter kit $395 has ethernet and PCIe, but no HSMC it 

 

http://www.altera.com/products/devkits/altera/kit-cyclone-iv-starter.html 

 

if you did not need much I/O, the LCD header could be removed. 

 

The DE2-115 and NEEK from Terasic probably have what you need: 

 

http://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?language=english&categoryno=13&list=simple 

 

Cheers, 

Dave
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The BeMicro-SDK $79 has an ethernet interface and GPIO via an expansion header. The board uses low-power DDR, which is not supported directly by Altera's IP core, you have to use a 3rd party block. I have this board, but have had no need to use the ethernet or DDR. 

 

Cheers, 

Dave 

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Thansk Dave, I don't need to implement an ethernet stack so this looks 

ideal. 

 

I owe you a pint! 

 

 

Nial.
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I don't need to implement an ethernet stack so this looks 

ideal. 

 

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Download the USB-Blaster SOPC/Qsys tutorial. It has the BeMicro-SDK pinouts and an example design you can use. 

 

http://www.alterawiki.com/wiki/using_the_usb-blaster_as_an_sopc/qsys_avalon-mm_master_tutorial 

 

 

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I owe you a pint! 

 

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I'm at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose this week. I'd be more than happy to collect that beer if you are nearby :) 

 

Cheers, 

Dave
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Download the USB-Blaster SOPC/Qsys tutorial. It has the BeMicro-SDK pinouts and an example design you can use. 

 

http://www.alterawiki.com/wiki/using_the_usb-blaster_as_an_sopc/qsys_avalon-mm_master_tutorial 

 

 

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I'll have a look if this proceeds, thanks. 

 

 

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I'm at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose this week. I'd be more than happy to collect that beer if you are nearby :) 

 

Cheers, 

Dave 

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Unfortunately I'm ~6K miles away in Edinburgh. 

 

I'll buy you that pint next time I'm over there, or you're over here! 

 

 

Nial.
Altera_Forum
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Hi Nial, 

 

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Unfortunately I'm ~6K miles away in Edinburgh. 

 

I'll buy you that pint next time I'm over there, or you're over here! 

 

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I'll add you to my "world tour of beer's owed" collection trip. 

 

Cheers, 

Dave
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