ALTERA Cyclone IV 4 FPGA Development Starter Board EP4CE6E22C8N Programmable Logic IC Tool DIY Kit

ALTERA Cyclone IV 4 FPGA Development Starter Board EP4CE6E22C8N Programmable Logic IC Tool DIY Kit
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FPGA development board designed for ALTERA Cyclone III series, features the EP3C5 onboard, and integrates various standard interfaces, pretty easy for peripheral expansions.
EP3C5 development board


OpenEP3C5-C is an FPGA development board that consists of the mother board DVK601 and the FPGA core board CoreEP3C5.

OpenEP3C5-C supports further expansion with various optional accessory boards for specific application. The modular and open design makes it the ideal for starting application development with ALTERA Cyclone III series FPGA devices. OpenEP3C5-C enables you to start your design with the Nios II processor easily and quickly.

What\'s on the mother board

EP3C5 mother board on board resource
  1. FPGA CPLD core board connector: for easily connecting core boards which integrate an FPGA CPLD chip onboard
  2. 8I/Os_1 interface, for connecting accessory boards/modules
  3. 8I/Os_2 interface, for connecting accessory boards/modules
  4. 8I/Os_3 interface, for connecting accessory boards/modules
  5. 8I/Os_4 interface, for connecting accessory boards/modules
  6. 16I/Os_1 interface, for connecting accessory boards/modules
  7. 16I/Os_2 interface, for connecting accessory boards/modules
  8. 32I/Os_1 interface, for connecting accessory boards/modules
  9. 32I/Os_2 interface, for connecting accessory boards/modules

All the I/O interfaces above:

  • capable of being simulated as USART, I2C, SPI, PS/2, etc.
  • capable of driving devices such as FRAM, FLASH, USB, Ethernet, etc.
  1. FPGA expansion connectors
    • FPGA pins are accessible on expansion connectors
    • for connecting SDRAM accessory board
  2. LCD interface, for connecting LCD22, LCD12864, LCD1602
  3. ONE-WIRE interface: easily connects to ONE-WIRE devices (TO-92 package), such as temperature sensor (DS18B20), electronic registration number (DS2401), etc.
  4. Buzzer
  5. Joystick: five positions
  6. Potentiometer: for LCD22 backlight adjustment, or LCD12864, LCD1602 contrast adjustment
  7. Buzzer jumper
  8. Joystick jumper
  9. ONE-WIRE jumper



For jumpers 16-18:

  • short the jumper to connect to I/Os used in example code
  • open the jumper to connect to other custom pins via jumper wires

The DVK601 supports a wide range of different core boards, therefore, some of the interfaces may be Not-Connected and useless while connecting to certain core board.

What\'s on the CoreEP3C5

EP3C5E144C8N core board on board resource
  1. EP3C5E144C8N: the ALTERA Cyclone III FPGA device which features:
    • Operating Frequency: 50MHz
    • Operating Voltage: 1.15V~3.465V
    • Package: QFP144
    • I/Os: 82
    • LEs: 5K
    • RAM: 414kb
    • PLLs: 2
    • Debugging/Programming: supports JTAG
  2. AMS1117-3.3, 3.3V voltage regulator
  3. AMS1117-2.5, 2.5V voltage regulator
  4. AMS1117-1.2, 1.2V voltage regulator
  5. EPCS16, onboard serial FLASH memory, for storing code
  6. Power indicator
  7. LEDs
  8. Reset button
  9. nCONFIG button: for re-configuring the FPGA chip, the equivalent of power reseting
  10. Power switch
  11. 50M active crystal oscillator
  12. 5V DC jack
  13. JTAG interface: for debugging/programming
  14. FPGA pins expander, VCC, GND and all the I/O ports are accessible on expansion connectors for further expansion
  15. LED jumpers, short the jumpers to drive the LEDs


FPGA Development Board
OpenEP3C5-C Development Board
FPGA Development Board
OpenEP3C5-C Development Board
FPGA Development Board
OpenEP3C5-C Development Board back view
FPGA Development Board
Mother Board DVK601
FPGA Core Board
FPGA core board CoreEP3C5
FPGA Core Board
FPGA core board CoreEP3C5

Connecting to various peripherals
touch screen LCD
Connecting to 3.2inch Touch LCD
Connecting to LCD12864
Connecting to LCD1602
RS232 Board
Connecting to RS232 Board
RS485 Board
Connecting to RS485 Board
PL2303 USB UART Board mini
Connecting to USB UART Board
8 SEG LED Board
Connecting to 8 SEG LED Board
8 Push Buttons
Connecting to 8 Push Buttons
5 IO Keypad
Connecting to 5 IO Keypad
4x4 Keypad
Connecting to 4x4 Keypad
Connecting to EEPROM Board
Multi peripherals cascading
Multi peripherals connected to one interface
DataFlash Board
Connecting to DataFlash Board
Ethernet Board
Connecting to Ethernet Board
CY7C68013A USB Board
Connecting to CY7C68013A USB Board
NRF24L01 RF Board
Connecting to NRF24L01 RF Board
Micro SD Storage Board
Connecting to Micro SD Storage Board
VGA PS2 Board
Connecting to VGA PS2 Board
Connecting to SDRAM Board
Connecting to SDRAM Board
Connecting to any accessory board
Connecting to any accessory board you need

Note: The OpenEP3C5-C does NOT integrate any programming/debugging function, a programmer/debugger is required.


The OpenEP3C5-C FPGA development board comes with various examples codes for the supported peripherals, which give you a quick start to develop your own application.

PeripheralDescriptionInterfaceVerilogVHDLNIOS II C
S29GL128PNorFLASH 32I/Os     Y
DS18B20Temperature sensor1-WIRE
SP3232Serial communicationUART
SP3485Serial communicationUART
FT245USB TO FIFOparallel    
ENC28J60Ethernet controllerSPI    
BuzzerSound device 1I/O (PWM)
PS/2 keyboard Input device PS/2  
Single buttonsInput device----
4x4 keypadInput device 8I/Os
JoystickInput device 5I/Os
LEDDisplay device----
8 SEG LEDDisplay device 13I/Os
VGA monitorDisplay deviceVGA  
Character LCDDisplay device 11I/Os  
Graphic LCDDisplay device 11I/Os    
3.2 inch multi-color LCD + touch screen Display device + Input device 32I/Os    

Debugging/Programming Interface

The OpenEP3C5-C FPGA development board integrates JTAG interface for programming/debugging.

JTAG Signal Names & Description

PinSignal NameDescription
1TCKClock signal
2GNDSignal ground
3TDOData from device
4 VCC(TRGT) Target power supply
5TMSJTAG state machine control
6NCNo connect
7NCNo connect
8NCNo connect
9TDIData to device
10GNDSignal ground

JTAG Header Pinout

10-pin JTAG header pinout

Development Resources

The User Guide CD includes development resources listed as follow:

  • Related Software (Quaters II, NIOS II etc.)
  • Demo Code (Verilog, VHDL and NIOS II C)
  • Schematic (PDF)
  • FPGA Development Documentations (Datasheets etc.)

Package Contains

The "Standard Package" and "Accessory Boards Package" below are included.

Standard Package

  1. OpenEP3C5-C development board x 1
  2. 4-pin wire x 2
  3. 2-pin wire x 2
  4. USB power cable x 1
  5. User guide CD x 1

Accessory Boards Package

  1. 3.2inch 320x240 Touch LCD (A) x 1
  2. 3.2inch LCD Adapter (B) x 1
  3. VGA PS2 Board x 1
  4. PL2303 USB UART Board (mini) x 1
  5. NorFlash Board (B) x 1
  6. SDRAM Board (B) x 1
  7. Micro SD Storage Board x 1
  8. AT45DBXX DataFlash Board x 1
  9. FM24CLXX FRAM Board x 1
  10. CY7C68013A USB Board (mini) x 1
  11. ENC28J60 Ethernet Board x 1
  12. PCF8563 RTC Board x 1
  13. DS18B20 x 1
  14. LCD12864 (3.3V Blue Backlight) x 1
  15. LCD1602 (3.3V Blue Backlight) x 1
  16. FT245 USB FIFO Board (mini) x 1
  17. 8 SEG LED Board x 1
  18. 8 Push Buttons x 1
  19. 4x4 Keypad x 1
  20. USB type A plug to mini-B plug cable x 1