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FX2 FPGA & ARM boards

USB-2 high-speed boards based on Xilinx / Altera FPGAs and Philips's ARM processor.

There are currently nine boards available.

Board (picture)SaxoSaxo-LXyloXylo-EXylo-EMXylo-LXylo-LMSaxo-QDragon-E
Main interface(s)USBUSBUSBUSBUSBUSBUSBUSBUSB & PCI-E
FPGA (vendor page)Altera
EP1C3
Altera
EP1C3
Altera
EP1C3
Xilinx
XC6SLX9
Altera
EP2C5
Xilinx
XC3S500E
Xilinx
XC3S500E
Altera
EP2C5
Xilinx
XC5VLX20T
Datasheet (pdf)CycloneCycloneCycloneSpartan-6Cyclone IISpartan-3ESpartan-3ECyclone IIVirtex-5
Logic cells291029102910915246081047610476460812480
FPGA boot-PROM1Mbit1Mbit1Mbit4Mbit4Mbit4Mbit4Mbit4Mbit8Mbit
IOs / clocks36 / 440 / 436 / 432 / 517 / 3104 / 758 / 50 / 3130 / 13
PLLs/DCMs1 / 01 / 01 / 02 / 42 / 04 / 04 / 02 / 01 / 2
ARM processor
(vendor page)
-LPC2132/
LPC2138
---LPC2132/
LPC2138
LPC2132/
LPC2138
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SDRAM---16Mbit16Mbit-256Mbit--
SD card---optional-----
Ethernet--10BASE-Toptional10BASE-T10BASE-T2 x 10BASE-T--
I2C master/busyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
High-speed USB-2yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
Text LCD connectoryesyesyesyes----yes
Graphic LCD readyyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes (LVDS)
Video connector--VGAHDMIVGA
(note 2)
----
Analog outputs (DAC)-------2x10-Bit
165MSPS
-
Analog inputs (ADC)- (note 1)- (note 1)- (note 1)- (note 1)- (note 1)- (note 1)- (note 1)4x8-Bit
200MSPS
- (note 1)
Dimensions
(mechanical drawing)
41x60mm44x60mm57x60mm57x60mm57x60mm81x82mm81x77mm84x77.5mm122x89mm
(note 3)

Note 1: Boards are FlashyD ready (dual high-speed analog inputs). FlashyD is sold separately.
Note 2: Five VGA IOs are shared with the IOs of the main board header.
Note 3: Dimensions don't include the PCI Express connector.

See for example pictures of “Xylo-LM”, “Saxo-Q”and “Dragon-E”.

What is provided with the boards

The boards are controlled from USB-2 - no JTAG cable or power supply required. They come with documentation, tutorials, source files and tools.

Main files:
  • Board documentation (view online for FPGA and ARM) (PDF)
  • Configuration software and USB driver, compatible with Windows XP 32bit up to Windows 10 64bit
  • OpenOCD software (Windows EXE) (Saxo-L & Xylo-L/-LM only)
  • FPGA JTAG-over-USB emulation (8051 hex file) (Saxo/-L & Xylo/-EM only)
  • FlashyDemo (FPGA bitfile + GUI)
  • I2C PC control (C source code)
FPGA tutorials:
  • LED, PushButton, Serial (HDL source code)
  • USB-2 LED control, USB-2 text LCD control and USB-2 bi-directional communication (HDL + C source code)
  • FlashyMini (HDL + C source code)
  • VGA/HDMI pong game (HDL source code) (Xylo/-E/-EM only)
  • Ethernet UDP (HDL + C source code) (Xylo/-E/-EM/-L/-LM only)
  • USB-2 SDRAM control (HDL + C source code) (Xylo-E/-EM/-LM only)
  • SD card reader (HDL + C source code) (Xylo-E option)
ARM tutorials:
  • LEDblink/LEDglow, SPI/SSP (C source code) (Saxo-L & Xylo-L/-LM only)
Special requirements
For Saxo-L & Xylo-L/-LM (with ARM processor) Eclipse IDE:
  • About 100MB internet download
  • About 300MB disk space
To purchase a board

Go to the Shop - FX2 FPGA development boards (FPGA & ARM) page.