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 The FPGA Integrated Module (FIM-EP3C5) provides everything needed in a DIP package to quickly utilize the most advanced FPGAs on the market.

Key Features:
  • Packaging - Most small labs don't have the ability to handle working with today's fine-pitch and BGA packaging. The FIM module converts the packaging of the FPGA device to a DIP package that is compatible with most breadboard and wire-wrap applications.
  • Integrated Voltage Regulators - Most FPGAs require multiple voltages to operate. The FIM module incorporates onboard voltage regulators to provide all necessary voltages from a single 5V source.
  • Multivolt IO - Today's FPGA I/Os operate at 3.3V, 2.5V, or lower. However, many other ICs still operate with 5V I/Os only. Our modules include onboard voltage translators that allow them to be integrated with most systems that operate at 5V, 3.3V, or 2.5V.
  • Clock Generation - Each module integrates an onboard 20MHz clock that can be used with an embedded FPGA PLL to provide a complete clocking solution.
  • ISP Header and Configuration Device - Programming of the device is done through an In-System Programmable (ISP) JTAG header. This eliminates the need to remove the component from the system in order to reprogram it. Plus, an onboard EPCS4 configuration device is provided to retain the FPGA code.
  • Resource Integration - Each FPGA device comes integrated with RAM, embedded multipliers for Digital Signal Processing (DSP), and Phase Locked Loops (PLLs). Integrating all of this capability in a small package greatly reduces the time to hand build custom prototypes.
  • Logic Analyzer Capability - One of the most powerful features of the FIM module is its ability to operate as an embedded logic analyzer. The SignalTap-II feature of Altera's FREE Quartus-II software transforms the module into one of the most flexible and powerful logic analyzers on the market. Users can analyze any or all of the module's pins as well as any user generated logic nodes within the FPGA itself. Click here for additional information regarding the capabilities of the SignalTap-II software. Here is an example screenshot of the module during analysis.

In addition, by utilizing today's most advanced FPGA technology the benefits include: lowest cost per logic element, highest logic densities, fastest operating speeds, improved signaling, and reduced chip count, along with many others.

The FIM module can be programmed with Altera's FREE Quartus II software. Custom Circuit Solutions provides Quartus-II project templates that come with all necessary files preconfigured to simplify project development. Quartus-II project templates are provided for both VHDL and schematic entry programming options, so users can program in whatever environment they feel comfortable with.

An Altera USBBlaster, Byteblaster-II, or compatible third party programming cable is required to download code to the FIM module. Custom Circuit Solutions sells a USBBlaster compatible programmer, the Terasic-Blaster, for $60 when purchased with one of our modules.

FPGA Device Altera Cyclone-III EP3C5E144C8
Logic Elements 5,136
Total RAM Bits 423,936
Embedded 18x18 Multipliers 23
Phase Locked Loops 2
I/O Pins 44
Dedicated Clocks and/or Inputs 4
Integrated Clock 20MHz (Higher frequencies synthesizable using one of the PLLs)
Debug and Programming Port 10-Pin JTAG Header
(Compatible with Altera’s ByteBlaster-II and USB-Blaster cables)
Allowable Input Voltage Levels 5V, 3.3V, 2.5V
Output Pin Characteristics 3.3V with a max 8mA src/sink
(Compatible with most 5V, 3.3V, and 2.5V systems)
Quartus-II Template (VHDL)
Quartus-II Template (Schematic)