Altera Cyclone IV GX FPGA Development Kit


Altera® Cyclone® IV GX FPGA Development Kit provides a comprehensive, best-in-class design environment to quickly begin developing low-cost and low-power FPGA system-level designs. This kit helps to shorten your product’s development cycle so that you can meet your product’s time to market and production milestones. With this platform, you can:

-Develop and test PCI Express® Gen1 x1, x2, x4 endpoint designs using the Cyclone IV GX PCI Express hard intellectual property (IP) and PCI-SIG® -compliant board

-Develop and test multi-lane protocol bridging designs using on-board DDR2 memory and through its expansion capability, the high-speed mezzanine card (HSMC) connectors. There are over 30 different HSMCs available through Altera partners and supporting protocols such as CPRI, SATA, and SDI.

-Come up to speed quickly with your FPGA design by reusing the example designs provided by the kit's Board Test System.

-Use the kit´s host board as design model for your product’s low-cost and low-power board.

Featured device

  • Cyclone IV GX EP4CGX150N FPGA in a F896 package

Configuration status and set-up elements

  • Passive serial (PS) configuration via a MAX® II EPM2210 CPLD and flash memory
  • On-board USB-BlasterTM download cable using Quartus® II Programmer


  • On-board clock oscillators: 50 MHz, 100 MHz (programmable), and 125 MHz
  • SMA connectors for external clock input
  • SMA connectors for clock output

General user input and output

  • LEDs
  • LCD display
  • Push button and dual in-line package (DIP) switches

Memory devices

  • 128-megabytes (MB) DDR2 SDRAMs with a 32-bit data bus
  • 64-MB sync flash and 4-MB SSRAM

Component and interfaces

  • PCI Express edge connector
  • 10/100/1000-Mbps Ethernet PHY with RJ-45 connector
  • Two HSMC connectors
  • Power measurement circuitry


  • Laptop DC input
  • PCI Express edge connector power

Other features

    • PCI Express short card form factor
    • RoHS-compliant

  • Cyclone IV GX FPGA Development Kit software content

    Design examples

    Board Update Portal featuring the Nios® II processor web server and remote system update

    Board Test System

  • Complete documentation
  • Free Quartus II Web Edition Software includes support for Cyclone IV FPGAs and:

    Nios II Embedded Design Suite

  • MegaCore® IP Library includes PCI Express, Triple-Speed Ethernet, SDI, and DDR2 High-Performance
  • Controller MegaCore IP cores
  • IP evaluation available through OpenCore Plus
  • Loopback and debug HSMCs
  • Power adapter and cables



 Price  (USD)


Altera Cyclone IV GX FPGA Development Kit



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