Expresso DMA Core

Block Diagram

Solution Type: IP Core

End Market: Automotive, Broadcast, Computer & Storage, Consumer, Industrial, Medical, Military, Test & Measurement, Wireless

Evaluation Method: OpenCore

Technology: Basic Functions: DMA

Arria Series: Arria 10, Arria V, Arria 10 SoC, Arria V SoC

Cyclone Series: Cyclone IV, Cyclone V, Cyclone V SoC

Stratix Series: Stratix 10, Stratix IV, Stratix V


Supported Device Family: 

Solution Type: 


The Northwest Logic Expresso DMA core provides high-performance, scatter-gather DMA operation in a flexible fashion. This enables the core to be easily integrated and used in a wide variety of DMA-based systems. Using the core eliminates the need for the user to implement their own DMA design significantly reducing development time and risk. In addition, Northwest Logic provides companion Windows and Linux Expresso DMA Drivers. The Expresso DMA Driver works hand-in-hand with the Expresso DMA core to implement scatter-gather DMA operation. Northwest Logic also provides IP core customization services. Contact Northwest Logic for more information.


  • Can be configured with multiple independent DMA Engines with its own user interface

Device Utilization and Performance

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Getting Started

Includes Core (netlist or source code), Comprehensive testbench (Source code), Complete documentation and Expert technical support and maintenance updates. For additional information, contact Northwest Logic, Inc. at: Northwest Logic, Inc. 1100 NW Compton Drive, Ste. 100 Beaverton, OR 97006 Tel: (503) 533-5800 x308 Fax: (503) 533-5900 Email: Website:

IP Quality Metrics

Year IP was first released2012
Latest version of Quartus supported15.1
Altera Customer Use
IP has been successfully implemented in production with at least one customerY

Customer deliverables include the following:

  • Design file (encrypted source code or post-synthesis netlist)
  • Simulation model for ModelSim Altera edition
  • Timing and/or layout constraints
  • Testbench or design example
  • Documentation with revision control
  • Readme file
Any additional customer deliverables provided with IP
Expert technical support
Parameterization GUI allowing end user to configure IPN
IP core is enabled for OpenCore Plus SupportN
Source language
Testbench languageVerilog
Software drivers providedY
Driver OS supportWindows and Linux
User InterfaceAXI; Other: Avalon-ST
IP-XACT Metadata includedN
Simulators supportedAldec, Cadence, Mentor Graphics ModelSim PE/DE/SE and Questa, Synopsys VCS
Hardware validated Y. Altera Board Name : Various - See Intel Core Size and Speed document from Northwest Logic
Industry standard compliance testing performed
If No, is it planned?N
IP has undergone interoperability testing
Interoperability reports available  N

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