BeMicro CV – Introduction


The BeMicro CV is an Evaluation Board (EVB) based on Altera’s Cyclone V FPGA. For a very low cost, this EVB offers the opportunity to evaluate and test our VHDL designs.

On further entries of the blog, I will be including several projects based on this EVB.

The BeMicro CV board features the following major component blocks:

  • One Cyclone V E FPGA (5CEFA2F23C8N) in a 484-pin FineLine BGA (FPGA)
    • 25,000 LEs
    • 9,434 adaptive logic modules (ALMs)
    • 1,760 Kbit (Kb) M10K and 196 Kb MLAB memory
    • 4 fractional phase locked loops (PLLs)
    • 50 18×18-bit multipliers
    • Hard Memory Controller (DDR3 Hard IP)
    • 224 general purpose input/output (GPIO)
    • 1.1-V core voltage
  • FPGA configuration circuitry
    • Active Serial (AS) x1 configuration (EPCS16I8N)
    • Embedded USB-BlasterTM II for use with the Quartus® II Programmer
    • Separate JTAG configuration header
  • Clocking circuitry
    • 50 MHz 1.8V oscillator
    • 24 MHz 2.5V oscillator
  • Memory
    • 1Gbit DDR3 SDRAM (x16) – On board device
    • 1K (128 x 8) Two-wire Serial EEPROM
    • Micro SD card slot
  • General user input / output
    • 8 user LEDs
    • User Pushbuttons
    • User DIP switches
  • Prototyping
    • 2 Terasic 40 pin prototyping headers
    • BeMicro SDK 80-pin card edge connector
    • Micro SD card slot
  • Power via USB or via user-provided 5V


The following projects are available for the BeMicro CV:


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