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PCIe or PCI Adaptor with Cyclone II EP2C8Q208

Guys, 

 

Nice to meet you all, this is my first post in this forum. 

My question is, is it possible to create adaptor from Cyclone II EP2C8Q208 I/0 to PCIe or PCI with header ? 

I saw a Cyclone II board but doesn't have PCI interface which I need... 

what's the requirement for high frequency signal integrity ? 

 

Thanks
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If all you need is a PCI-to-PCIe bridge, then just use an IC designed expressly for that purpose: 

 

http://www.plxtech.com/products/expresslane/bridges 

 

Otherwise you will have to create an FPGA design where you integrate a PCI IP core and a PCIe core. 

 

Since you mention an FPGA that does not even have transceivers, I suspect this type of FPGA design would be very challenging for you. 

 

When you have a requirement that is met by a standard chip then just use that device. 

 

Cheers, 

Dave
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Hi Dave, 

Thanks for the reply, 

No it's not PCI to PCIe but from Altera chip I/O to PCI or PCIe 

I'm interested altera development board at ebay, 

 

but I want to connect it to PCI or PCIe via it's I/O with adaptor of course ? 

What's your opinion ? and what do I need for doing it ? 

thanks
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ebay dot com 

itm 

251183473915?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649
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I'm interested altera development board at ebay, 

 

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/251183473915?sspagename=strk:mewax:it&_trksid=p398%204.m1438.l2649 

 

This board is just an FPGA breakout board. 

 

 

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but I want to connect it to PCI or PCIe via it's I/O with adaptor of course ? 

What's your opinion ? and what do I need for doing it ? 

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You would be better off buying a board designed for PCI or PCIe. You cannot create jumper wires to make this board into a PCI board. There are very specific timing requirements that must be met, and controlled impedance that must be maintained. This board cannot be used for PCIe as it does not have transceivers. 

 

Cyclone II is quite old now. If you are going to spend time looking at Cyclone devices, at least start with Cyclone IV. 

 

Cheers, 

Dave
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Hi Dave, 

 

Thanks for the advice about PCI or PCIe transceiver, 

Do you have any ideas which low cost PCI or PCIe board with Altera Cyclone ? 

It's for development and study, I don't have much money to spend.
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Thanks for the advice about PCI or PCIe transceiver, 

Do you have any ideas which low cost PCI or PCIe board with Altera Cyclone? 

 

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

 

 

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It's for development and study, I don't have much money to spend. 

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What do you need PCI/PCIe for? You can use a Terasic DE0-nano to learn about FPGAs: 

 

http://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?no=593 

 

Cheers, 

Dave
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I want to learn how PCI or PCIe work with Altera FPGA, creating window driver for it and so on.... 

I read, altera has integrated transceiver 

 

www dot altera dot com 

/technology 

/high_speed 

/hs-index.html 

 

Please read table 1.
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I want to learn how PCI or PCIe work with Altera FPGA, creating window driver for it and so on.... 

 

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In that case, you will need to buy a development kit. I would recommend the Cyclone IV PCIe kit I mention above (I have a couple and they work fine). There are other kits, but they are more expensive. 

 

Cheers, 

Dave
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In that case, you will need to buy a development kit. I would recommend the Cyclone IV PCIe kit I mention above (I have a couple and they work fine). There are other kits, but they are more expensive. 

 

Cheers, 

Dave 

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Dave, 

 

Do you mean this one ? 

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

 

It's abit expensive for learning board 395 ? 

Do you know other board with similar function but cheaper ? 

thanks
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