Altera® download cables are available for use in the in-circuit reconfiguration of Altera's SRAM FPGAs. Download cables are also available for programming of on-chip flash within MAX® series devices.

With Altera download cables, design changes can be downloaded directly to the device, prototyping is easy and multiple design iterations can be accomplished in quick succession. See Table 1 for available download cables.

Table 1. Currently Supported Download Cables

Purchase online or review the user guide for each download cable
Buy OnlineByteBlaster II Download Cable
  • The ByteBlaster™ II enables a PC to configure or program Altera devices. The download cable drives configuration or programming data using a standard parallel printer port from the PC
  • ByteBlaster II Download Cable User Guide (PDF)
Buy OnlineUSB-Blaster Download Cable
  • The USB-Blaster™ drives configuration or programming data from the PC to configure or program Altera devices
  • RoHS and USB Full-Speed compliant
  • Supports standard Full-Speed USB PC ports
  • USB-Blaster Download Cable User Guide (PDF)
USB-Blaster II Download Cable
  • The USB-Blaster™ II implements the faster USB 2.0 High-Speed protocol to drive configuration or programming data from the PC to configure or program Altera devices.
  • RoHS and USB Hi-Speed (USB 2.0) compliant
  • Supports standard USB PC ports
  • USB-Blaster II Download Cable User Guide (PDF)
EthernetBlaster II Download CableBuy Online
  • The EthernetBlaster™ II enables configuration and programming data from an Thernet network to remotely configure or program Altera devices
  • RoHS Compliant
  • Supports standard Ethernet network ports with an RJ-45 connector
  • EthernetBlaster II Download Cable User Guide (PDF)

The BitBlasterTM, ByteBlasterTM, ByteBlasterMVTM, EthernetBlasterTM and MasterBlasterTM download cables have been superseded and are no longer sold by Altera.

Cable-Device Compatibility

Table 2 lists the device support for each download cable.

Table 2. Device Support Comparison

The ByeBlaster II, USB Blaster, USB Blaster II, and Ethernet Blaster II all support the following:
Stratix® FPGA Series
Cyclone® FPGA Series
Arria® FPGA Series
MercuryTM Devices
ACEX 1K® Devices

APEX

  • APEXTM II Devices
  • APEX 20K Devices
  • APEX 20KE Devices
  • APEX 20KC Devices

FLEX

  • FLEX 10K® Devices
  • FLEX 10KA Devices
  • FLEX 10KE Devices
  • FLEX® 8000 Devices
  • FLEX 6000 Devices
MAX
  • MAX 10 Devices
  • MAX II Devices
  • MAX 7000A Devices
  • MAX 7000B Devices
  • MAX 7000S Devices
  • MAX 3000A Devices
Serial Configuration Devices
Enhanced Configuration Devices