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Figure 1: Cyclone V GX Starter Kit

The Cyclone® V GX Starter Kit presents a robust hardware design platform built around the Altera® Cyclone V GX FPGA, which is optimized for the lowest cost and power requirement for transceiver applications with industry-leading programmable logic for ultimate design flexibility. The Cyclone V Starter Kit development board includes hardware, such as Arduino Header, on-board USB-BlasterTM, audio and video capabilities and much more. In addition, an on-board HSMC connector with high-speed transceivers allows for an even greater array of hardware setups. By leveraging all of these capabilities, the Cyclone V Starter Kit is the perfect solution for showcasing, evaluating, and prototyping the true potential of Altera Cyclone V GX FPGAs.

Ordering Information

Table 1. Cyclone V GX Starter Kit Ordering and Pricing Information

Price Ordering Information


The Cyclone V GX Starter Kit features a 5CGXFC5C6F27C7N.

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Development Kit Contents

The Cyclone V GX Starter Kit includes the following:

  • Cyclone V GX 5CGXFC5C6F27C7N FPGA
    • 77K programmable logic elements
    • 4884 Kb embedded memory
    • 150 embedded 27x27 multipliers
    • 6 fractional phase-locked loops (PLLs)
    • 2 hard memory controllers
    • 6 3.125G transceivers
  • Configuration status and set-up elements
    • Onboard USB-Blaster circuit for programming
    • Altera quad serial configuration device - EPCQ256
  • Expansion header
    • High-speed mezzanine card (HSMC) x1, including 4-lanes 3.125G transceiver
    • 2x20 general purpose input output (GPIO) header
    • Arduino header, including analog pins
    • SMA x4 (DNI), one-lane 3.125 G transceiver
  • Memory devices
    • 4 Gb LPDDR2 x32 bits data bus
    • 4 Mb SRAM x16 bits data bus
  • Display
    • High-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) transmitter (TX), compatible with DVI v1.0 and HDCP v1.4
  • Audio
    • 24 bit CODEC, line-in, line-out and microphone-in jacks
  • Switches, Buttons, LED, and 7-Segments
    • 18 LEDs
    • 10 slide switches
    • 4 debounced push buttons
    • 1 CPU reset push button
    • 4 7-segment
  • Micro SD Card Socket
    • Provides SPI and 4 bit SD mode for SD card access
  • Power supply
    • 12V DC input
    • USB Type A to B cable
    • Power DC Adapter (12V)


Figure 2: Block Diagram of the Cyclone V GX Starter Kit

Figure 2: Block Diagram of the Cyclone V GX Starter Kit

Available Documentation

Table 2. Cyclone V GX Starter Kit Documentation

Document Description

User manual

Information about the Cyclone V GX Starter Kit board features and architecture, using the board and configuring the FPGA, setting up the control panel, using Cyclone V Starter Kit System Builder to build a Quartus® II project, and several demonstrations.


Detailed information about board, demos and tools


ADC demo, Arduino TFT LCD demo.


  1. This kit installation works with Quartus II Web Edition software v13.0