A few years ago, when the Arrow DECA development board was introduced with Altera’s MAX 10 FPGA, the board was offered for $169. Later on, Intel purchased the Altera FPGA business and the price of the board reduced to $65. The price has now dropped tremendously again and the board can now be purchased for just $37.
DECA features the Intel MAX® 10 FPGA with on-chip-RAM, user flash memory, and a high-speed DDR3 external memory. The board also comes with a wide range of sensors such as gesture, proximity, and ambient light, humidity and temperature, and accelerometer, as well as interfaces connecting to 10/100 Ethernet, USB2.0 OTG, SDHC, HDMI, and MIPI CSI-2. All these are targeted towards making the board exciting for many applications.
DECA is expandable via a BeagleBone compatible I/O expansion header and also supports the new Arrow BLE / WIFI Beaglebone cape.
DECA is perfect for system management, I/O expansion, communication control planes, industrial, automotive, and consumer applications. With this board, you can enjoy the power of tremendous re-configurability together with low-power high-performance FPGA.
Specifications of the Arrow DECA development board include:
- Intel MAX 10 FPGA (10M50DAF484C6G) with 50,000 logic elements, 1,638 Kbit block memory, 5,888 Kbits user flash memory, 4x PLLs (phase-locked loops)
- 512MB DDR3 SDRAM
- 64MB QSPI Flash
- 1x MicroSD card socket
- HDMI v1.4 including 3D video support
- 24-bit audio CODEC with line-in, line-out jacks
- MIPI connect for camera module
- 10/100M Ethernet (RJ45)
- 1x Mini USB 2.0 port
- Proximity/ambient light sensor
- Humidity & temperature sensor
- Temperature sensor
- 2x BeagleBone Black compatible headers
- 360x General Purpose Input/Output
- 2x ADC SMA inputs
- 3x 50MHz clock sources from the clock generator
- Mini USB-Blaster II onboard for programming; JTAG Mode
- 2x CapSense buttons
- 2x push-buttons
- 2x slide switches
- 8x blue user LEDs
- 5V DC via power barrel jack