The economical Cyclone III FPGA Starter Kit is easy to use and an ideal introduction if you have never designed with FPGAs before. If you are an experienced FPGA designer considering the Cyclone III FPGA architecture, you'll love building systems leveraging the 60 percent (on average) faster performance that Cyclone III FPGAs offer over competitor offerings. Several design examples included in the kit make for a quick "out-of-the-box" evaluation experience.
Table 1. Cyclone III FPGA Starter Kit Ordering Code and Pricing Information
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Cyclone III FPGAs and Nios II 32-Bit Soft IP Processor
Cyclone III FPGAs are perfectly suited as embedded processors or microcontrollers when combined with 32-bit embedded processor intellectual property (IP) cores. Popular 32-bit processor soft IP cores are listed below:
Other 32-bit, 16-bit, and 8-bit embedded soft IP cores
You can add many other functions to the Cyclone III FPGA with additional IP cores available from Intel and Intel's partners.
Intel developed the specification for the HSMC, which is based on the Samtec mechanical connector, to define and standardize the interface between optional daughtercards and host boards. This specification outlines both the electrical and mechanical properties of the interface between daughtercard and host. You can also create your own HSMC interface-compatible daughtercards.
This kit installation works with Quartus II design software version 12.0.0.
This kit installation works with Quartus II design software version 11.1.0.
This kit installation works with Quartus II design software version 11.0.0.
This kit installation works with Quartus II design software version 10.1.0.
Learn about the benefits of remotely updating FPGA designs by working with the Cyclone III Active Parallel Remote System Upgrade Reference Design. Details are described in AN 521: Cyclone III Active Parallel Remote System Upgrade Reference Design, and you can download the Quartus II software design files for use on the Cyclone III FPGA Starter Kit.