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- How do I program the FPGA using the USB cable?
To program the FPGA using a USB cable, do the following:
- Verify the dual inline package (DIP) switch S1-4 is set to OFF. This setting enables a JTAG connection to the board via the USB connector.
- Using the USB cable supplied in the kit, plug the black USB Type A connector into your computer's USB port. The red cable provides extra power to the board when needed but does provide USB communication.
- What kind of external power adapter do I need to power the board?
Select a 5-volt DC power adapter with a center-positive jack and the following physical dimensions:
- Inside diameter: 2.1 mm
- Outside diameter: 5.5 mm
- Do I need to license the Cypress HyperRAM* controller IP if I use it in my design?
Yes, you need a license to compile a design with the Cypress HyperRAM* controller core. There are two configurations available:
- Basic Edition—supports a single Cypress HyperRAM* device at 100 MHz clock speed
- Full Edition—supports up to two Cypress HyperRAM or HyperFLASH* devices at 150 MHz clock speed
Both cores are available for free evaluation with Intel® FPGA IP Evaluation Mode licenses. These licenses let the IP run while tethered via USB cable to a PC running the Intel® Quartus® development software. Once disconnected from the PC the core will continue to run for a limited time and then stop.
For more details, see the Intel® FPGA IP Evaluation Mode user guide.
- Why isn’t an Ethernet controller in the FPGA design?
The initial release of the Intel® Cyclone® 10 LP FPGA kit is supported by Intel® Quartus® Prime Software Suite version 17.0. The Ethernet MAC IP core will be available starting with version 17.1 of the Intel Quartus Prime Software Suite.
- Do I need a license to use the Nios® II processor core in my design?
The Nios® II processor consists of two configurable 32-bit processor cores; one is licensed and the other is free.
- Fast core: A six-stage pipeline optimized for the highest performance optional memory management unit (MMU) or memory protection unit (MPU). This requires a license to ship in a production product, but is free for evaluation and development using the Intel FPGA IP Evaluation Mode license.
- Economy core: Available at no cost and no license is required, this core is optimized for the smallest size.
- How many power rails does this device use?
The device uses four power rails.
- How do I get an example power tree?
Here is an example power tree: Intel® Cyclone® 10 LP FPGA Power Tree