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DMA Controller Features

  • General-purpose direct-memory access (DMA) controller
  • Up to 16 DMA channels
  • Supports both synchronous and asynchronous DMA transfers
  • Designed for peripheral component interconnect (PCI) and other central processing unit (CPU) bus systems

DMA Controller Block Diagram

Figure 1 shows the block diagram for the DMA controller megafunction.

Figure 1. DMA Controller Block Diagram

Figure 1. DMA Controller Block Diagram

DMA Controller Description

The DMA controller megafunction is designed for data transfer in different system environments. Two module types—type 0 and type 1—are provided, and the user can choose the number of each module type. Type 0 modules are designed to transfer data residing on the same bus, and Type 1 modules are designed to transfer data between two different buses. Each module can support up to 4 DMA channels; the megafunction supports up to 16 total DMA channels.

Each DMA channel can be programmed for various features, such as transfer size, synchronized and unsynchronized transfer control, transfer priority, interrupt generation, memory and I/O address space, and address change direction. This megafunction is designed to work with 32-bit and 64-bit bus systems, including the PCI bus, PowerPC bus, and other CPU host buses. It can also be integrated with other megafunctions to form a complete functional block.

This megafunction is available in Altera Hardware Description Language (AHDL), Verilog HDL, VHDL, and netlist format.

Device Utilization Example

Table 1 lists the typical device utilization results for the megafunction.

Table 1. Typical Device Utilization for the Megafunction

Device Speed Grade Utilization Performance
Parameter Setting
Logic CellsEABs (1)
EPF10K10-3100050 MHzN = 1 ,
WIDTH = 32 bits
EPF6016-3100-50 MHz


  1. EABs = Embedded array blocks

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