from Altera

The Altera® Stratix® IV GX FPGA Development Kits deliver a complete system-level design environment that includes both the hardware and software needed to immediately begin developing FPGA designs. With a PCI-SIG®-compliant board and a 1-year license for Quartus® Prime design software, you can:

  • Develop and test PCI Express® 2.0 (up to x8 lane) endpoint and root port designs
  • Develop and test memory subsystems consisting of DDR3 and QDR II+ memory
  • Build designs capable of migrating to Altera's low-cost HardCopy® IV ASICs
  • Add other Stratix IV GX FPGA-supported protocol interfaces such as 10-Gbps Ethernet, CPRI, OBSAI, SAS/SATA, Serial RapidIO®, and many others by taking advantage of the modular capability of these boards through the high-speed mezzanine connectors and over 30 different high-speed mezzanine cards (HSMCs) available through Altera partners.

Ordering Information

Table 1. Altera's Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Kits Ordering Information

Ordering Code Price Ordering Information
DK-DEV-4SGX230N

$4,495


Buy Now

The Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Kit features an EP4SGX230N-C2 (fast) speed grade production silicon device and includes a 1-year license for the Quartus Prime design software.

Buy online via Altera's eStore or contact your local Altera distributor to place your order.
DK-DEV-4SGX530N

$5,995 (price reduced as of January 2012)


Buy Now

The Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Kit, 530 Edition features an EP4SGX530N-C2 (fast) speed grade production silicon device and includes a 1-year license for the Quartus Prime design software.

Buy online via Altera's eStore or contact your local Altera distributor to place your order.

Notes:

  1. 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.
  2. You can purchase optional high-speed mezzanine connector interface-compatible daughter cards, adapters, or cables to use with your development kit.

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Development Kit Contents

The Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Kits feature the following:

  • Stratix IV GX FPGA development board (see Figure 1)
    • Featured devices
      • Stratix IV GX EP4SGX230KF40C2N FPGA or,
      • Stratix IV GX EP4SGX530KH40C2N FPGA
    • Configuration status and set-up elements
      • Fast passive parallel (FPP) configuration via a MAX® II EPM2210 CPLD and flash memory
      • On-board USB-BlasterTM download cable using Quartus Programmer
    • Clocks
      • On-board clock oscillators: 50 MHz, 100 MHz, 125 MHz, 148.5 MHz, 155.52 MHz, and 156.25 MHz
      • SMA connectors for external clock input
      • SMA connectors for clock output
    • General user input/output
      • LEDs
      • LCD display
      • Push-button and dual in-line package (DIP) switches
    • Memory devices
      • 512-MB DDR3 SDRAM with a 64-bit data bus
      • 128-MB DDR3 SDRAM with a 16-bit data bus
      • Two 4-MB QDR II+ SRAMs with 18-bit data buses
      • 64-MB sync flash and 2-MB SSRAM
    • Component and interfaces
      • PCI Express x8 edge connector
      • 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet PHY with RJ-45 connector
      • Two HSMC connectors
      • HDMI video output
      • 3G-SDI video input and output
      • Power measurement circuitry
      • Temperature measurement circuitry
    • Power
      • Laptop DC input
      • PCI Express edge connector power
      • Power measurement circuitry
    • Other features
      • PCI Express half-length, full-height (6.6" x 4.376") board format
      • RoHS compliant
  • Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Kit soft content (download from Table 2)
    • Design examples
      • Board Update Portal featuring the Nios® II processor web server and remote system update
      • Board Test System
    • Complete documentation
  • Altera's Complete Design Suite (download from Altera Download Center)
    • Quartus Prime design software includes support for Stratix IV FPGAs and HardCopy IV ASICs
      • 1-year license included
    • Nios II Embedded Design Suite
    • MegaCore® intellectual property (IP) library includes PCI Express, Triple-Speed Ethernet, SDI, and DDR3 High-Performance Controller MegaCore IP cores
      • IP evaluation available through OpenCore Plus
  • Loopback and debug HSMCs
  • Power adapter and cables

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Figure 1. Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Board with an EP4SGX230N FPGA Device

Available Documentation

Table 2. Collateral for the Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Kits

Kit Name
(Ordering Code)

Document

Description

Version

Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Kit

(DK-DEV-4SGX230N)

Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Kit User Guide (PDF)

Information about setting up the Stratix IV GX FPGA development board and using the included software.

9.1.0

Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Board Reference Manual (PDF)

Detailed information about board components and interfaces. 9.1.0
Kit installation
(for boards with engineering sample (ES) silicon)

Full installation of all files including reference manual, user guide, quick-start guide, BOM, layout, PCB, schematics, Board Update Portal example file, Board Test System example file, etc.

9.1.0

Kit installation
(for boards with production silicon)

Full installation of all files including reference manual, user guide, quick-start guide, BOM, layout, PCB, schematics, Board Update Portal example file, Board Test System example file, etc. Contents are updated to Quartus II software version 9.1 service pack 2.

9.1.2

Kit installation
(for boards with production silicon)

Full installation of all files including reference manual, user guide, quick-start guide, BOM, layout, PCB, schematics, Board Update Portal example file, Board Test System example file, etc. Contents updated to Quartus II software version 10.1.

10.1.0

Kit installation
(for boards with production silicon)

Full installation of all files including reference manual, user guide, quick-start guide, BOM, layout, PCB, schematics, Board Update Portal example file, Board Test System example file, etc. Contents are updated to Quartus II software version 11.1.

11.1.0

Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Kit, 530 Edition

(DK-DEV-4SGX530N)

Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Kit, 530 Edition User Guide (PDF) Information about setting up the Stratix IV GX FPGA development board (530 edition) and using the included software. 10.0.1
Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Board, 530 Edition Reference Manual (PDF) Detailed information about board components and interfaces. 10.0.1
Kit installation
(for boards with production silicon)
Full installation of all files including reference manual, user guide, quick-start guide, BOM, layout, PCB, schematics, Board Update Portal example file, Board Test System example file, etc. 10.0.1
Kit installation
(for boards with production silicon)

Full installation of all files including reference manual, user guide, quick-start guide, BOM, layout, PCB, schematics, Board Update Portal example file, Board Test System example file, etc. Contents are updated to Quartus II software version 11.1.

11.1.0

Reference Designs and Design Examples

Table 3 provides a list of Stratix IV GX FPGA designs, not delivered with the kits, but available for download.

Note: Some of the following designs may have only been tested to run on kits that have EP4SGX230N engineering sample silicon.

Table 3. Designs for the Stratix IV GX FPGA Development Kits

Design Name

Other Software Requirements (1)

Other Hardware Requirements

Availability
Serial RapidIO to TI 6488 DSP Reference Design
  • Altera Nios II Embedded Design Suite
  • TI Code Composer Studio Software
  • HSMC-to-AMC adapter
  • Spectrum Digital Inc. Dual TMS320TCI6488 AMC mezzanine board
Now
PCI Express High-Performance Reference Design
  • PCI Express x4-to-x1 lane converter
  • Two computers, one with a PCI Express x8/x4/x1 slot
Now
POS-PHY L4 SPI-4.2 Loopback Design Example
  • None
  • None
Now
PCI Express to External Memory Reference Design
  • Jungo WinDriver (included as part of this reference design)
  • Two computers, one with a PCI Express x8/x4/x1 slot

Now

10-Gbps Ethernet Hardware Demonstration Reference Design
  • Altera Nios II Embedded Design Suite
  • Altera 10-Gbps Ethernet Reference Design
  • Two HSMC-to-X2 adapters
  • Or, two HSMC-to-CX4 adapters
Now

Note:

  1. The Quartus Prime design software and the MegaCore IP library are standard software requirements for these designs.