Altera DE4 Dev & Education Board

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Altera DE4 Dev & Education Board

Stratix IV GX EP4SGX230/EP4SGX530 with transceivers

PCIe x8 Connector and 2 DDR2 SO-DIMM

High-Performance and Bandwidth Applications

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Product Description

Altera DE4 Develoment Board Description

The DE4 Development Board provides the ideal hardware platform for system designs that demand high-performance, serial connectivity, and advanced memory interfacing. Developed specifically to address the rapidly evolving requirements in many end markets for greater bandwidth, improved jitter performance, and lower power consumption. The DE4 is powered by the Stratix IV GX device and supported by industry-standard peripherals, connectors and interfaces that offer a rich set of features that is suitable for a wide range of compute-intensive applications. The evaluation of transceiver performance for jitter, protocol compliance, and equalization on the DE4, exceeded the Stratix IV GX performance standard with transceivers operating at 10 Gbps on SATA and HSMC interfaces!

The advantages of the Stratix IV GX FPGA platform with embedded transceivers has allowed the DE4 to fully compliant with version 2.0 of the PCI Express standard in addition to serial ATA (SATA) interfaces making it possible to leverage the integration option for storage applications. The DE4 delivers fully tested and supported connectivity targeted reference design that integrates built-in blocks for PCI Express, SATA transceivers, and Gigabit Ethernet protocol. Situated on the DE4 also includes two DDR2 SO-DIMM socket supporting maximum capacity of 8-Gbyte of volatile memory for user applications which are capable running at 400 MHz clock rate.

The DE4 is supported by multiple targeted reference designs and two High-Speed Mezzanine Card (HSMC) connectors that allow scaling and customization with mezzanine daughter cards. For large-scale ASIC prototype development, it can be established by a cable connecting to multiple DE4/FPGA boards through the HSMC connectors.


Stratix IV GX EP4SGX230

  • 228,000 logic elements (LEs)
  • 17,133K total memory Kbits
  • 1,288 18×18-bit multipliers blocks
  • 2 PCI Express hard IP blocks
  • 744 user I/Os
  • 8 phase locked loops (PLLs)

Stratix IV GX EP4SGX30

  • 531,200 logic elements (LEs)
  • 27,376K total memory Kbits
  • 1,024 18×18-bit multipliers blocks
  • 4 PCI Express hard IP Blocks
  • 744 user I/Os
  • 8 phase locked loops (PLLs)

FPGA Configuration

  • JTAG and Fast Passive Parallel (FPP) configuration
  • On-board USB Blaster

Memory Devices

  • 64 MB Flash with a 16-bit data bus

Two DDR2 SO-DIMM Sockets

  • 400 MHz clock rate
  • Maximum theoretical bandwidth of over 102 Gbps
  • Up to 8-Gbyte capacity in total

SD Card Socket

  • Provides SPI and 4-bit SD mode for SD Card access

Buttons, Switches and LEDs

  • 4 push-buttons
  • 4 slide switches
  • 8 LEDs
  • 8-position DIP switch

Two Seven Segments

  • Two independent seven segments

On-Board Clocks

  • 3 Programmable PLLs configured via FPGA
  • HSMA, HSMB transceiver clock source
  • SATA reference clock
  • FPGA LVDS clock input
  • 50MHz/100MHz oscillator

SMA Connectors

  • 2 SMA connector for external transceiver clock input
  • 4 SMA connector for LVDS clock input/output
  • 2 SMA connectors for clock output
  • 1 SMA connector for external clock input

Four Serial ATA Ports

  • Support SATA 3.0 standard 6Gbps signaling rate
  • Two host and two device ports

Four Gigabit Ethernet ports

  • Integrated 1.25 GHz SERDES

PCI Express x8 Edge Connector

  • Support connection speed of Gen1 at 2.5Gbps/lane to Gen2 at 5.0Gbps/lane
  • Connection established with PC motherboard with x8 or x16 PCI Express slot

Two 172-pins high Speed Mezzanine Card(HSMC)

  • 2 female-HSMC connectors
  • I/O voltage 2.5V
  • Total of 12 high-speed transceivers at 8.5 Gbps
  • Total of 38 LVDS pair at 1.6 Gbps

Two 40 pin Expansion headers

  • 72 FPGA I/O pins, as well as 4 power and ground lines, are brought out to two 40-pin expansion connectors 40-pin header is designed to accept a standard 40-pin ribbon cable used for IDE hard drives
  • I/O voltage 3.0V

USB Host/Slave Controller

  • Complies fully with Universal Serial Bus Specification Rev. 2.0
  • Support data transfer at high-speed, full-speed, and low-speed
  • Support both USB host and device
  • Three USB ports (one type mini-AB for host/device and two type A for host)
  • Support Programmed I/O (PIO) and Direct Memory Access (DMA)


  • DC input 12V and 3.3V
  • PCI Express edge connector power
  • Support PCI Express external standard power source
  • On-Board power measurement circuitry


 Altera DE4 FPGA Board with HDMI RX HSMC daughter board

Connecting HDMI_RX_HSMC daughter board to DE4

 Altera DE4 FPGA Board with HDMI TX HSMC daughter board

Connecting HDMI_TX_HSMC daughter board to DE4

 Altera DE4 FPGA Board with SDI-HSMC Card 

SDI-HSMC Card connects with Altera DE4

 Altera DE4 FPGA Board with AD DA Data Conversion Card

AD DA Data Conversion Card connection to the Altera DE4

ADDA Data Conversion Card connection to the Altera DE4

 Altera DE4 FPGA Board with ADA-HSMC

Connect ADA-HSMC with DE4


Connect ADA-HSMC with DE4_1

 Altera DE4 FPGA Board with HTG 

Connect HTG with Altera DE4

Connect HTG with Altera DE4_1

 Altera DE4 FPGA Board with Multi-touch LCD Module (MTL) 

Connect DE4

 Altera DE4 FPGA Board with AHA-HSMC Card 

AHA-HSMC Card + DE4 Board


 Altera DE4 FPGA Board with Camera Link Receiver Card

Camera Link Receiver Card connection to Altera DE4 Development and Education Board

Digital Camera with PCI Express Interface for DE4

 Altera DE4 FPGA Board with DVI-HSMC board 

DVI-HSMC board connects with Altera DE4

DVI-HSMC board connects with Altera DE4_1

 Altera DE4 FPGA Board with D5M  

Connect D5M with   Altera DE4

Connect D5M with   Altera DE4_1

 Altera DE4 FPGA Board with HSMC Communication Card  

Connect DE4


DUAL XAUI TO SFP+ HSMC BOARD connects to the Altera DE4 FPGA Development Board


 Altera DE4 FPGA Board with SFP HSMC board

SFP HSMC board connection to the Altera DE4 Development and Education Board

SFP HSMC board connection to the Altera DE4 Development and Education Board_1



 Altera DE4 Documents

 Altera DE4 User Manual


Kit contents

  • De4 Development Board
  • Power Supply(250W)
  • Altera Complete Design Suite DVD
  • DE4 Development Kit CD-ROM
  • AC Power Cord (Type b North American Plug)
  • Fan(Installed) and 2G SD Card
  • Type A-B USB Cable
  • HSMC Debug Board
  • USB to SD Card adapter
  • Screw and Copper Pillar Package
  • PCIe Bracket
  • HSMC Loopback adapter x2
  • DDR2-800 1GB SO-DIMM module
  • THCB-HMF2(HSMC Height Extension male to Female Card) x2
  • DE4 Power Cable
  • PCle Power Cable
  • Ethernet Cat 5e Cable and SATA Cable x2

Additional Information

Weight 3,500 kg
FLash Memory

64 MB





Core Manufacturer

Altera FPGA Boards


Stratix IV GX





SD Card Socket







DC i/p 12V & 3.3V, 250W