Altera's PCI Express Development Kit, Stratix® II GX Edition delivers a complete PCI Express-based development platform. This PCI Express solution, interoperable with industry-standard PCI Express platforms, facilitates the development of custom PCI Express applications. The board also enables system-level solutions by operating as a stand-alone development platform allowing for a variety of custom applications running on the Stratix II GX FPGA. The development kit complies with the European Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directives.

Development Kit Key Features

Complete Out-of-the-Box PCI Express Experience

  • PCI-SIG-compliant FPGA, intellectual property (IP) core, board
    • Stratix II GX FPGA
    • x1, x4, x8 PCI Express IP MegaCore® function using OpenCore Plus
  • One year license for Quartus®II design software
  • Board schematics and layout information
  • Reference design and supporting documentation

Modular and Scalable Design

  • Altera® high-speed mezzanine connectors (HSMCs) allow for expansion
    • Six embedded transceiver channels (1 Gbps to 6.375 Gbps), 82 user I/O (41 LVDS pairs)
    • Two small form pluggable (SFP) module interfaces, with two embedded transceiver channels
      (1 Gbps to 6.375 Gbps) available
  • Sufficient logic elements (LEs) and internal RAM to support designs from prototype to production

On-Board Memory

  • 256-Mbyte DDR2 SDRAM, 72 bits, 333 MHz/667 Mbps (Contact your Altera Sales Representative to join Altera's 333-MHz DDR2 support program)
  • 2-Mbyte QDR2 SRAM, 36 bits, 300 MHz/1,200 Mbps

RoHS Compliant

  • Board, FPGA, and accessories compliant with RoHS directives

Ordering Information

Table 1. Ordering Information for the PCI Express Development Kit, Stratix II GX Edition

Ordering Code Price Ordering Information
DK-PCIE-2SGX90N No longer

In North America, call 1-888-800-0631 or contact your local distributor.
For International sales, contact your local distributor.


Buyer represents that it is a product developer, software developer or system integrator and acknowledges that this product is an evaluation kit that is not FCC authorized, is made available solely for evaluation and software development, and may not be resold.

Development Kit Contents

The PCI Express Development Kit, Stratix II GX Edition includes:

  • Stratix II GX development board (see Figure 1)
    • Stratix II GX EP2SGX90F1508C3 FPGA
    • Two Altera HSMCs (daughtercard connectors)
    • 10/100/1000 Ethernet PHY (GMII) with RJ-45 (copper) connector
    • Two SFP module interfaces (optics not included)
    • 256-Mbyte DDR2 SDRAM (72 bit, 667 Mbps)
    • 2-Mbyte QDR2 SRAM (36 bit, 1,200 Mbps)
    • 64-Mbyte Flash
  • PCI Express Development Kit, Stratix II GX Edition CD ROM
    • PCI Express reference design
    • Complete documentation
      • Development Kit, Stratix II GX Edition Getting StartedUser Guide
      • Board reference manual
      • Board schematic and layout information
    • MegaCore IP Library CD
      • Including the PCI Express, DDR2, and QDR2 IP cores
  • Quartus II design software
    • One-year license
    • Windows platform only
  • Cable and accessories
    • USB-BlasterTM download cable
    • External AC adapter power supply
    • Power cord (including support for UK, Europe)
  • Jungo WinDriver Development Toolkit (30-day evaluation license)

Figure 1 shows the Stratix II GX development board.

Figure 1. Board Diagram of the PCI Express Stratix II GX Development Board

Figure 2 shows the eye diagram for the PCI Express add-in card transmitter path.

Figure 2.Eye Diagram Based on PCI Express Add-In Card Transmitter Path Compliance Requirement