Linear Technology Solutions for Altera & Arrow SoC FPGA Development Boards

Linear Technology provides both power management and mixed signal solutions for the Altera SoC FPGA development boards.

LTPOWERPLAY

LTpowerPlay is a powerful, Windows-based development environment supporting Linear Technology's Digital Power System Management (PSM) products. You can use LTpowerPlay to evaluate Linear Technology ICs by connecting to a demo board system. LTpowerPlay can also be used in an offline mode (with no hardware present) in order to build a multi-chip configuration file that can be saved and reloaded at a later time. LTpowerPlay provides unprecedented diagnostic and debug features. It becomes a valuable diagnostic tool during board bring-up to program or tweak the power management scheme in a system or to diagnose power issues when bringing up rails. LTpowerPlay utilizes the DC1613 USB-to-I2C/SMBus/PMBus controller to communicate with one of many potential targets, including the DC1962 evaluation board, or a customer target system. The software also provides an automatic update feature to keep the software current with the latest set of device drivers and documentation.

Digital Power System Management Solutions

The Altera Cyclone V SoC board, in addition to being able to interface to various mixed signal demo boards from Linear Technology, also features another connector, a 12-pin header for the DC1613A dongle (USB-to-PMBus Controller), which allows direct interface to the Digital Power System Management ICs found on the board (2x LTC2978).

There are two LTC2978's, each individually monitoring the FPGA and HPS/ARM rails on the board. This allows the individual rails to be monitored real time for voltage and current, as well as providing sequencing and telemetry functions.

 

Watch our video on how to use the DC1613A dongle to connect to the Altera SoC Board and use the LTpowerPlay GUI from Linear Technology

Please click on the links below for more information about Digital Power System Management:

Interfacing Mixed Signal Demo Boards to the SoC Boards

Both the Altera and Arrow Cyclone V SoC boards include an easy to use 14-pin header (QuickEval connector) that allows for plug and play interface to the Linear Technology DC934A demo board which is included with the Altera and Arrow Cyclone V SoC boards. Starter Guides are available for both boards as well as Demo Code:

To see a complete list of Linear Technology demo boards that can plug into the 14-pin header (QuickEval connector) on the Altera and Arrow boards please click here.

Altera SoC Board

The Altera® Cyclone® V SoC Development Kit offers a quick and simple approach to develop custom ARM® processor-based SOC designs accompanied by Altera’s low-power, low-cost Cyclone V FPGA fabr/ic. This kit supports a wide range of functions, such as:

  • Processor and FPGA prototyping and power measurement
  • Industrial networking protocols
  • Motor control applications*
  • Acceleration of image- and video-processing applications*
  • PCI Express® (PCIe®) x4 lane with ~1,000 MBps transfer rate (endpoint or rootport)

Key Linear Technology parts used on the Altera Cyclone V SoC Board:

  • LTC3613: 24V, 15A Monolithic Step Down Regulator with Differential Output Sensing
  • LTC3605: 15V, 5A Synchronous Step-Down Regulator
  • LTC3625: 1A High Efficiency 2-Cell supercapacitor Charger with Automatic Cell Balancing
  • LTC2978: Octal Digital Power supply Manager with EEPROM
  • Digital Power System Management for real time voltage and current of FPGA and ARM rails, sequencing and telemetry functions.



Arrow SoC Board

The Arrow SoCKit Development Kit presents a robust hardware design platform built around the Altera System-on-Chip (SoC) FPGA, which combines the latest dual-core Cortex-A9 embedded cores with industry-leading programmable logic for ultimate design flexibility. Users can now leverage the power of tremendous re-configurability paired with a high-performance, low-power processor system.

 

Each SoC Kit features:

  • Altera Cyclone V SoC with Dual ARM® Cortex®-A9 processors and 110K LEs
  • High Speed Mezzanine Connector (HSMC) including transceivers
  • Two banks of low-power DDR3 memory
  • MicroSD card and Ethernet 10/100/1000 interfaces
  • Adjustable clock output by Silicon Labs
  • Graphic LCD: 128 x 64 (SPI Interface)
  • VGA and Audio connections
  • USB 2.0 OTG (Full Speed) and USB to UART connections
  • 3-Axis digital accelerometer and temp sensor
  • User’s manual/start-up guide, USB and Power Cables

Key Linear Technology parts used on the Arrow Cyclone V SoC Board:

  • LTC3608: 18V, 8A Monolithic Synchronous Step-Down DC/DC Converter
  • LTC3600: LTC3600 - 15V, 1.5A Synchronous Rail-to-Rail Single Resistor Step-Down Regulator
  • LTC3614: 4A, 4MHz Monolithic Synchronous Step-Down DC/DC Converter