Arrow DECA evaluation board, featuring Altera’s MAX 10 FPGA and Enpirion power solutions, was launched in March 2015 and sold for around $169 at the time.
Time has passed with Intel purchasing Altera FPGA business later that year, and the price of the board dropped to $65 as listed on Intel website. But now Arrow is offered the DECA FPGA for just $37, and you can also get fast free shipping if you’re a member of ArrowPerks loyalty program.
Arrow DECA development board specifications:
- FPGA – Intel MAX 10 (10M50DAF484C6G) device with 50K logic elements, 1,638 Kbit block memory, 5,888 Kbits user flash memory, 4x PLLs
- System memory – 512MB DDR3 SDRAM (16-bit data bus)
- Storage – 64MB QSPI Flash, MicroSD card socket
- Video Output – HDMI v1.4 including 3D video support
- Audio – 24-bit audio CODEC with line-in, line-out jacks
- Camera – MIPI connect for camera module
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet (RJ45)
- USB – 1x mini USB 2.0 port
- Sensors – Proximity/ambient light sensor, humidity & temperature sensor, temperature sensor, accelerometer
- 2x BeagleBone Black compatible headers
- 2x ADC SMA inputs
- Clocks – 3x 50MHz clock sources from the clock generator
- Debugging – mini USB-Blaster II onboard for programming; JTAG Mode
- Misc – 2x CapSense buttons, 2x push-buttons, 2x slide switches, 8x blue user LEDs
- Power Supply – 5V DC via power barrel jack
The kit includes the DECA development board, a Quick Start Guide, an Ethernet cable, two USB cables for USB control and FPGA programming and control, as well as a 5V DC power adapter. The board initially required a PC running Windows 7 or greater with at least 4GB RAM, an Intel Core i3 processor, and around 20GB of free hard disk space to run Quartus II IDE, but now there’s also (pre-release) Linux support via the Linux for DECA project.
You’ll find schematics, BoM, user manual, and several online workshops on Intel community website to get started with the board and FPGA in general.
Thanks to fhersete for the tip.
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