The economical Cyclone® III FPGA starter kit from Intel® is easy to use and an ideal introduction if you have never designed with FPGAs before. If you are an experienced FPGA designer checking out the Cyclone III architecture, you'll love building systems with the 60 percent (on average) faster performance and 50 percent lower power than the competition. Several design examples included in the kit make for a quick "out-of-the-box" evaluation experience.
The Cyclone III device family offered by Intel is a cost-optimized, memory-rich FPGA family. Cyclone III FPGAs are built on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) 65-nm low-power (LP) process technology with additional silicon optimizations and software features to minimize power consumption. With this third-generation in the Cyclone series, Intel broadens the number of high volume, cost-sensitive applications that can benefit from FPGAs.
Cyclone III devices offer low-power consumption and increased system integration at reduced cost.
Reduced CostCyclone III device system costs are based on the following facts:
Lowest-Power 65-nm FPGACyclone III devices are the lowest-power 65-nm FPGAs designed using TSMC’s 65-nm LP process and Intel’s power aware design flow. Cyclone III devices support hot-socketing operation; therefore, unused I/O banks can be powered down when the devices to which they are connected are turned off. Benefits of the Cyclone III device's low-power operation include:
Kit Contents:The Cyclone III FPGA starter development kit is RoHS compliant and features: