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Quartus® development software is customer acclaimed as easy to learn and even easier to use. Use Quartus II software to take full advantage of Cyclone III FPGA benefits, and exceed your performance goals, complete your design faster, and meet power budgets for your next-generation system designs.

Cyclone III devices are supported in the Quartus II software. Download now >>

Configuration Center

Learn about the Cyclone III FPGA configuration solution that best fits your requirements.

Development Kits

Accelerate your design process by utilizing a variety of development kits based on Cyclone III FPGAs. These hardware-based solutions contain everything you need to create and implement a design in as little as 1-2 hours.

The specification for the high-speed mezzanine connector (HSMC) is based on the Samtec mechanical connector, to define and standardize the interface between optional daughtercards and host boards (see Figure 1). This specification outlines both the electrical and mechanical properties of the interface between daughtercard and host. You can also create your own HSMC-based prototype daughtercards.

Figure 1. Host and Daughtercard Interconnection via HSMC

Figure 1. Host and Daughtercard Interconnection via HSMC

Table 1. Hardware (Sorted by Price) Based on the Cyclone III FPGA

Product Name

Type

Vendor

Device

Price/Availability

Cyclone III FPGA Starter Kit Dev. kit Altera Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C25) $199
Low-Power Reference Platform Dev. kit Arrow Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C25) $249
USB 2.0 Embedded Development Kit Dev. kit SLS Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C25) $349
Nios® II Embedded Evaluation Kit, Cyclone III Edition Dev. kit Altera Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C25) $449
PCI Development Board Dev. kit CEPD Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C16) $799
Industrial Ethernet—MercuryCode Reference Platform Dev. platform EBV Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C40) €579
Industrial Applications—SnakeBytes Reference Platform Dev. platform EBV Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C120) Contact Vendor
Motor Control—FalconEye Reference Platform Dev. platform EBV Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C40)

€1199

MotionFire—Motor Control Development Platform Dev. platform Arrow Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C40) $1,389

Cyclone III FPGA Development Kit

Dev. kit Altera Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C120) $995
Digital Radio/SDR Development Kit Dev. kit CEPD Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C16) $1,599
DSP Development Kit, Cyclone III Edition Dev. kit Altera Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C120) $1,595
Video Development Kit Dev. kit Bitec Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C120) $1,895
Embedded Systems Development Kit, Cyclone III Edition

Dev. kit

Altera

Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C120)

$1,595

ARM* Cortex*-M1 FPGA Development Kit Dev. kit Arrow Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C25) $2,500

Cyclone III LS FPGA Development Kit

Dev. kit

Altera

Cyclone III LS FPGA (EP3CLS200)

$3,495

ViClaro III HD Video Development Platform Dev. platform Microtronix Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C120) $3,995
NanoBoard reconfigurable hardware, Cyclone III FPGA Daughtercard Dev. platform Altium Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C40) Contact vendor Available now
DSP + FPGA Coprocessing: ADI 21369 SHARC & Cyclone III FPGA Dev. platform Danville Signal Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C40)

Contact vendor

Available now

Industrial Ethernet—Adapter Modules for Powerlink, PROFINET IO, EtherNet/IP Dev. kit IXXAT Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C16) Contact vendor Available now
Industrial Ethernet—Powerlink Interface Board for PCI Bus Systems Dev. kit IXXAT Cyclone II FPGA (EP2C8) Contact vendor Available now
Industrial Ethernet—Fieldbus Kit for PROFINET IO, EtherNet/IP, Modbus/TCP Dev kit Softing Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C25) Contact vendor Available now
Industrial Ethernet—EtherCAT (EL9830 Base Board with FB1122 Controller Card) Eval. kit Beckhoff Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C25) Contact vendor Available now
PRISM405-PowerQUICC III Embedded Processor and ASIC Prototyping Development Module Module AKA Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C80) Contact vendor Available now

Table 2. Optional HSMC Interface-Compatible Daughtercards, Adapters, or Cables

Table 1. Hardware (Sorted by Price) Based on the Cyclone III FPGA

Product Name

Type

Vendor

Device

Price/Availability

Cyclone III FPGA Starter Kit Dev. kit Altera Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C25) $199
Low-Power Reference Platform Dev. kit Arrow Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C25) $249
USB 2.0 Embedded Development Kit Dev. kit SLS Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C25) $349
Nios® II Embedded Evaluation Kit, Cyclone III Edition Dev. kit Altera Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C25) $449
PCI Development Board Dev. kit CEPD Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C16) $799
Industrial Ethernet—MercuryCode Reference Platform Dev. platform EBV Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C40) €579
Industrial Applications—SnakeBytes Reference Platform Dev. platform EBV Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C120) Contact Vendor
Motor Control—FalconEye Reference Platform Dev. platform EBV Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C40)

€1199

MotionFire—Motor Control Development Platform Dev. platform Arrow Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C40) $1,389

Cyclone III FPGA Development Kit

Dev. kit Altera Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C120) $995
Digital Radio/SDR Development Kit Dev. kit CEPD Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C16) $1,599
DSP Development Kit, Cyclone III Edition Dev. kit Altera Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C120) $1,595
Video Development Kit Dev. kit Bitec Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C120) $1,895
Embedded Systems Development Kit, Cyclone III Edition

Dev. kit

Altera

Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C120)

$1,595

ARM* Cortex*-M1 FPGA Development Kit Dev. kit Arrow Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C25) $2,500

Cyclone III LS FPGA Development Kit

Dev. kit

Altera

Cyclone III LS FPGA (EP3CLS200)

$3,495

ViClaro III HD Video Development Platform Dev. platform Microtronix Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C120) $3,995
NanoBoard reconfigurable hardware, Cyclone III FPGA Daughtercard Dev. platform Altium Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C40) Contact vendor Available now
DSP + FPGA Coprocessing: ADI 21369 SHARC & Cyclone III FPGA Dev. platform Danville Signal Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C40)

Contact vendor

Available now

Industrial Ethernet—Adapter Modules for Powerlink, PROFINET IO, EtherNet/IP Dev. kit IXXAT Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C16) Contact vendor Available now
Industrial Ethernet—Powerlink Interface Board for PCI Bus Systems Dev. kit IXXAT Cyclone II FPGA (EP2C8) Contact vendor Available now
Industrial Ethernet—Fieldbus Kit for PROFINET IO, EtherNet/IP, Modbus/TCP Dev kit Softing Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C25) Contact vendor Available now
Industrial Ethernet—EtherCAT (EL9830 Base Board with FB1122 Controller Card) Eval. kit Beckhoff Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C25) Contact vendor Available now
PRISM405-PowerQUICC III Embedded Processor and ASIC Prototyping Development Module Module AKA Cyclone III FPGA (EP3C80) Contact vendor Available now
Table 2. Optional HSMC Interface-Compatible Daughtercards, Adapters, or Cables
Product Name Type Vendor Host Board (1) Price/Availability
Various HSMC capable various Any HSMC-based
host board

Buy online or contact third-party vendors.

Products are all available now (check for lead-time).

Note:

  1. Certain combinations of HSMC daughtercards and host boards have been tested by Intel (formerly Altera), others have been tested by 3rd party vendors, other combinations have not.

Download Documentation and Utilities

You can download Cyclone III FPGA documentation and utilities, including:

Jump-Start Your Designs with IP—Try Before You Buy

Intel and members of the Altera Megafunction Partner Program (AMPPSM) provide intellectual property (IP) cores and reference designs you can use to accelerate your Cyclone III FPGA design. You can download and use the cores in software and hardware, prior to purchase, to evaluate features and performance.

Re-use existing designs when you start designing for Cyclone III FPGAs: