Altera DE3 Development System

From Terasic Inc.

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Board Category: Development Kit

Components & Interface: Expansion: Generic, HSMC; Industry Standard: Ethernet, USB Device

End Market: Broadcast, Computer & Storage, Industrial, Medical, Military, Test & Measurement, Wireline

Technology: ASIC Prototyping

Board Feature: General User IO: 7 Segment Display, Dip Rocker Switch, LED, Push Button, Slider Switch

Stratix Series: Stratix III: Stratix III E


The Altera DE3 ASIC prototyping development board allows researchers and engineers to access the high density and high performance FPGA - the Altera Stratix III. Starting with the Stratix III 3SL150 (142K logic elements), the DE3 is the perfect platform for creating your cutting edge design in programmable logic. The DE3-150 board can be stacked up to create a programmable fabric that is unequaled by any other board system in the world. DE3 boards include the DE3-340 (338K logic elements) and the DE3-260 (254.4K logic elements) that are optimized with extra on-chip multipliers needed for DSP research and development. All of the DE3s can be stacked and all share the same set of function from the Terasic's daughter cards connected to them. Multiple DE3s can be joined together to increase design gate count and performance.

Order Information

Ordering Code
P0005$1535Buy Now
P0010$2895Buy Now
P0029$2050Buy Now

Development Kit Hardware Contents

  • Eight 180-pin High Speed Terasic Connectors ( HSTC ), where 4 male and 4 female connectors are on the top and bottom of DE3, respectively.
  • Built-in USB Blaster
  • DDR2 SO-DIMM socket;SD Card socket
  • USB Host/Slave Controller with one mini-AB for host/device and two type A for device
  • Two 40-pin Expansion Headers

Development Kit Software Contents

  • Schematic and Mechanical Drawing
  • DE3 System Builder - create a Quartus II project with top-level design file, pin assignments, and I/O standard settings automatically.
  • Memory & USB Reference Designs

Support Document

File Name
doc-us-dsnbk-42-3004492203-de3-user-manual.pdfDE3 User Manual1.0

Board Quality Metrics

Latest version of Quartus supported 13.0
Required Collateral Available
User Guide Y
Board Schematics Y
Reliability / Quality Assurance

Defects per Million Opportunities (DPMO)

Parts per Million (PPM)
Board Policy
Return Material Authorization (RMA) Policy If you want to make a return, please write an email to us within 7 days after you?ve received the product. The product must be unopened. (If the package is damaged upon receipt, please take photos and inform us immediately.) For more details, please visit:
RoHS Compliant Y
CE Compliant N. N/A
Conflict Mineral Policy Compliant
Test Plan Summary

Reference Designs from System CD for customers to access all the peripherals on board.

Additional Compliance
ISO 9000 & 9001

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