Product Review – Altera MAX V CPLD Development Board

max5-dev-kitThe guys over at Altera have been extremely generous and sent us a MAX V CPLD development kit as well as another item we’ll be writing about very soon. Let’s have a look at the board and some of it’s features.

As the name suggests, it’s based around the popular Altera MAX V CPLD chip, more specifically, it’s the 5M570ZF256C5N. The chip contains 570 logic elements, 440 macrocells and has 159 User IO pins. More information about the Max V family can he found here.

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Getting started with CPLDs – Index

cpldjHere you will find links to all the articles that make up our CPLD for beginners guide.

We’d love┬áto hear your feedback about this guide. If we’ve got something wrong or if there’s anything specific you’d like us to cover, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Part 1 – Installing the Altera Quartus II software
Part 2 – Entering your first design
Part 3 – Lighting an LED
Part 4 – Adding a button
Part 5 – Making a half-adder
Part 6 – Making a full-adder
Part 7 – Making a 4-bit binary adder
Part 8 – Making a 4-bit binary subtractor

 

 

 

Getting Started with CPLDs – Part 7

cpldjIn part 6, we built a 1-bit full adder. In this part we’re going to expand upon that and build a complete 4-bit binary adder. I have made the assumption that you already know about the binary number system but in case you don’t, have a look here and do some searching to learn about it.

Back? Great, let’s get on with it. Grab your CPLD development board, a breadboard and the usual handful of LED, switches and resistors. We will need switches for this guide instead of buttons.

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Getting Started with CPLDs – Part 4

cpldjIn this guide, we’re going to build up from the previous guide and add a button to our LED. Hopefully by now you’ve had a play with the Quartus II software and had a look through some of the logic elements in the library so I wont be explaining everything in minute detail. You should have a much better idea of what you’re doing now.

You’re going to need your CPLD board & programmer, a breadboard, LED, push button, 10K resistor, 220ohm resistor and some jumper wires.

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Getting Started with CPLDs – Part 1

cpldjHere at the Hackshed, we’ve recently purchased a CPLD board based around the Altera Max II EPM240 chip. The board we ordered is a cheap LC Tech product from Ali Express. On reflection, perhaps we should have ordered a better board from a well known company as our board came with no documentation of any sort.

In this article, I’m going to explain the steps involved with getting the Altera Quartus II development software installed onto a Windows PC. Xilinx chips use a different development studio which we won’t be discussing in this article.

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