Altium NanoBoard 3000 - Rapid prototyping and development platform

Altium NanoBoard 3000
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Altium has launched a new addition to its NanoBoard family of FPGA-based development boards. The NanoBoard 3000 is a programmable design environment, supplied complete with hardware, software, ready-to-use, royalty-free IP and a dedicated Altium Designer Soft Design license.

Product Description: 

Architectural highlights
• Reprogrammable hardware development platform that harnesses
the power of a dedicated high-capacity, low-cost programmable
device to allow rapid and interactive implementation and
debugging of your designs
• Perfect entry-point to discover and explore the world of FPGAbased
embedded systems design. Programmable hardware realm
allows you to update the design quickly and many times over
without incurring cost or time penalties
• Works seamlessly and in full synchronization with Altium’s nextgeneration
electronic design solution, Altium Designer
• High-capacity FPGA located on the motherboard, and provision
for a single plug-in peripheral board (Altium or user’s own) for
additional system flexibility
• Automatic peripheral board detection and configuration
• Dual boot system, allowing the board to update its firmware in the
field by itself, over a standard USB connection – no parallel port or
USB JTAG Adapter required
Main board specifications
• Choice of high-capacity FPGAs
- NanoBoard 3000XN – with fixed Xilinx® Spartan™-3AN device
- NanoBoard 3000AL – with fixed Altera® Cyclone™ III device
- NanoBoard 3000LC – with fixed LatticeECP2™ device (LFE2-
• Integrated color TFT LCD panel (240x320) with touch screen that
facilitates dynamic application interaction
• High-quality stereo audio capabilities including: Line in/out/
headphones, audio CODEC with I2S-compatible interface, analog
mixer, audio power amplifier and high-quality speakers (located on
a separate speaker board attachment)
• USB hub, providing connection of up to three USB 2.0 devices, with
interfacing handled by an ISP1760 Hi-Speed USB Host Controller
• SVGA interface (24-bit, 80MHz)
• Variety of standard communications interfaces: RS-232, RS-485,
PS/2, 10/100 Fast Ethernet, USB 2.0, S/PDIF, MIDI
• Dual SD card readers – for use by user FPGA and Host Controller
• IR receiver – supports data transmitted using a 38kHz carrier
• Programmable clock (6 to 200MHz) and fixed clock (20MHz) – both
available to user FPGA
• 4-channel 8-bit ADC, SPI-compatible – providing maximum sample
rate of 200ksps
• 4-channel 8-bit DAC, SPI-compatible – operating at clock rates of
up to 40MHz
• 4x isolated IM Relay channels – each channel providing a 5V nonlatching
DPDT relay with one coil
• 4x PWM power drivers
• 8-way general purpose DIP-Switch, 8 RGB LEDs, 5 PDA-style push
button switches and a Test/Reset button – all wired directly to the
user FPGA

• User prototyping area
• Dual 18-way (20 pin) I/O expansion headers, with
power supply selection links
• On-board memories accessible by user FPGA
– 256KB x 32-bit common-bus SRAM (1MB),
16M x 32-bit common-bus SDRAM (64MB),
8M x 16-bit common-bus 3.0V Page Mode Flash
memory (16MB), dual 256KB x 16-bit independent
SRAM (512KB each)
• Four 8Mbit SPI flash memory devices – one containing Primary
boot image for Host Controller, one containing golden boot image
for Host Controller, two for use by user FPGA (for boot/embedded
• SPI Real-Time Clock with 3V battery backup
• Accommodates a single plug-in peripheral board for additional
system flexibility
• Board ID memory – 1-Wire® ID system uniquely identifies the
motherboard and any attached Altium peripheral board
• Host (NanoTalk) Controller hosts the NanoBoard firmware.
Responsibilities include managing JTAG communications (with
Altium Designer/User FPGA/connected peripheral board), as well as
access to common-bus SPI resources
• 5V DC power connector with power switch, plus testpoints for all
major supplies on the board (and GND)
• High-speed PC interconnection through USB 2.0 allows for fast
downloading and debugging
Included in the box
Altium Designer
The NanoBoard 3000 includes a 12-month subscription to an Altium
Designer Soft Design license which is linked to the NanoBoard in the
box. This license option provides functionality to quickly start designing
FPGA-based embedded systems, including:
• FPGA design entry in C, OpenBus, Schematic, VHDL and Verilog
• VHDL simulation engine, integrated debugger and waveform viewer
• Support for a range of 32-bit soft processors for use in FPGA design
• A rich set of royalty-free IP core libraries including peripherals and
user-configurable custom logic
• Full software development tool chain with libraries and source code
• Programmable FPGA-based instruments for hardware debug and
• Support for importing third-party FPGA IP cores, developing and
reusing IP libraries
Additional Altium Designer license options are available for custom
board design. For information on Altium Designer licensing options, visit
Training and resource materials
Altium provides extensive online resources designed to get you up and
running as quickly as possible.
• Everything you need to know to get started and build your proficiency
with Altium Designer –
• Full technical information on the NanoBoard 3000 –

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