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. ByteBlaster II, USB-Blaster, and EthernetBlaster Download Cables
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.
  • Supports 1.8-, 2.5-, 3.3-, and 5.0-V operating voltages.
  • Supports SignalTap® II logic analysis capability.
  • Supports active serial configuration mode for EPCS serial configuration devices.
  • 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. The download cable interfaces to a standard USB PC port.
  • Supports 1.8-, 2.5-, 3.3-, and 5.0-V operating voltages.
  • Supports SignalTap II logic analysis capability.
  • Supports active serial configuration mode for EPCS serial configuration devices.
  • Supports communication and debugging of the Nios® II embedded processor family.
  • USB Blaster Download Cable User Guide (PDF)
Buy OnlineEthernetBlaster Download Cable
  • The EthernetBlaster can receive configuration or programming data from the Ethernet network to remotely configure or program Altera devices. The communications cable connects to a standard Ethernet network port with an RJ-45 connector.
  • EthernetBlaster Download Cable User Guide (PDF)

The BitBlasterTM, ByteBlasterTM, ByteBlasterMVTM, and MasterBlasterTM download cables have been superseded and are no longer sold by Altera.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

Device ByteBlaster II USB Blaster Ethernet Blaster
Stratix® FPGA Series Yes Yes Yes
Cyclone® FPGA Series Yes Yes Yes
MercuryTM Devices Yes Yes Yes
ACEX 1K® Devices Yes Yes Yes
APEXTM II Devices Yes Yes Yes
APEX 20K Devices Yes Yes Yes
APEX 20KE Devices Yes Yes Yes
APEX 20KC Devices Yes Yes Yes
FLEX 10K® Devices Yes Yes Yes
FLEX 10KA Devices Yes Yes Yes
FLEX 10KE Devices Yes Yes Yes
FLEX® 8000 Devices Yes Yes Yes
FLEX 6000 Devices Yes Yes Yes
MAX II Devices Yes Yes Yes
MAX 7000A Devices Yes Yes Yes
MAX 7000B Devices Yes Yes Yes
MAX 7000S Devices Yes Yes Yes
MAX 3000A Devices Yes Yes Yes
ExcaliburTM Devices Yes Yes Yes
Serial Configuration Devices Yes Yes
Enhanced Configuration Devices Yes Yes Yes