IoT design board makes most of its FPGA 


Arrow MAX1000 board

Arrow MAX1000 board

The Arrow MAX1000 board can be installed directly into a custom application or integrated on to a completely separate board.

The Intel MAX10 FPGA has 8,000 logic elements. The chip also includes integrated flash memory, a 1Msample/s 12-bit ADC for analogue signals and a 3.3V power supply.

Other features include embedded SRAM, DSP blocks, instant-on within milliseconds, and the ability to implement Intel’s NIOS II soft core embedded processor to perform microcontroller tasks.

At board-level there is what Arrow calls the USB-Blaster that enables the FPGA to be programmed directly from a PC and debugged using the free of charge Intel Quartus Prime Lite software.

This can also be integrated into the user’s own circuit if required.

The MAX1000’s power can be supplied as 5V from the USB port or via a separate pin. An Enpirion DC-DC converter with integrated coil then generates the 3.3V supply used on board.

A MEMS oscillator provides the clock supply for the FPGA and the USB bridge. The low power, 3-axis acceleration sensor – also based on MEMS technology – can be used for position and motion detection, which are often required in IoT applications.

External SDRAM can be used for storage of application data or as memory for the NIOS II processor.


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