Designing with MAX® II CPLDs is easy. The design resources listed in the table provide you with technical information to help you learn about, evaluate, and begin designing with MAX II CPLDs.

Category Design Utility Description
General Resources Device Family Overview Find the right MAX II CPLD to meet your design requirements.
MAX II CPLD Applications Learn about the applications for which MAX II CPLDs are optimized, such as cellular handsets.
I/O Capabilities Review the I/O standards and I/O performance supported by MAX II CPLDs. Learn about other I/O features that optimize ease of use and help system integration.
Literature Review all MAX II CPLD-related literature.
Training Check out our training classes available, online and instructor-led.
Software Resources Quartus® Prime Software Learn how Quartus Prime software supports designing with MAX II CPLDs.
Learn to Use Quartus Prime  Software Watch these self-paced, online demonstrations to learn how to become a programmable logic designer in about one hour, even if you are new to programmable logic or have never used Quartus software.
IP Select off-the-shelf intellectual property (IP) core functions from us and our partners. IP cores are optimized for our devices, reducing design and test time, and can be evaluated in hardware and simulation prior to licensing.
Development Kit Resources MAX IIZ Dev. Kit

Purchase this development kit to get the latest hardware platform for developing simple and low-end systems based on MAX II or MAX IIZ CPLD devices. The board includes the EPM240ZM100Cx device with 240 logic elements (LEs), 8,192 bits of user flash memory (UFM), and 25uA standby power, in a 6 mm x 6 mm package. The board also supports the capability to add a EPM240T100Cx or EPM570T100Cx device, or swap out the EPM240ZM100Cx for a pin-compatible, larger density EPM570ZM100Cx device (570 LEs).

  • 64 general-purpose I/Os
  • Two capsense buttons, two push-button switches
  • User interface connector
  • External battery interface connector
  • On-board logic to configure CPLD device
  • On-board power supply
MAX II Development Kit This PCI edge connector kit comes packed with features (LCD display, USB, SPI, JTAG, power meter, temperature gauge, expansion headers), two reference designs (PCI and USB), and design examples.
MAX II Micro Kit The lowest priced development kit available plugs right into your computer's USB port. When you are done with your CPLD design, re-use this board as a USB-BlasterTM download cable to program our FPGAs.

Purchase MAX II CPLDs and Development Kits

Purchase MAX II CPLDs online. We recommend the low-cost development kits shown in Table 1.

Table 1. Development Kits

Development Kit Name

Featured Device


Price Vendor
MAX II Development Kit EPM1270

Data Sheet (PDF)


Intel (Buy Now)

MAX II Micro Kit EPM2210

User Manual (PDF)

$69 Terasic (Buy Now)

Contact your local sales representative for updates on MAX IIZ CPLD development kits.

Download Literature and Early Power Estimator

You can download the most commonly referenced MAX II literature or simply browse through all of the MAX II CPLD-related documents.

FPGA Design Software and Development Tools

Quartus Prime development software, customer acclaimed as easy to learn and even easier to use, allows you to exceed your performance goals, complete your design faster, and meet power budgets for your next-generation system designs by taking full advantage of the benefits of MAX II CPLDs.

Check out the What's New in Quartus Prime Software web page for the latest features and new devices supported in the Quartus II software. For details on how Quartus Prime software supports MAX II CPLDs in particular, see the Easiest-to-Use Design Software for CPLDs web page.

Design Examples and IP Cores

We andour partners provide IP cores and reference designs you can use to accelerate your MAX II CPLD design. Commonly used with MAX II CPLDs are the PCI 32-bit master/target or PCI 32-bit target only, and the I2C master/slave IP cores. With OpenCore and OpenCore Plus versions of the cores, you can evaluate the IP cores before you buy them.

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