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FTDI Morph IC II block diagram

FTDI Morph-IC-II FPGA development board

The Morph-IC-II is an FPGA board based on the Altera Cyclone 2

Main Features :

  • 105mm x 40mm board size
  • FT2232HQ Dual, Hi-Speed USB UART/FIFO IC used for USB communications
  • Altera Cyclone 2 – EP2C5F256C8N FPGA capable of synthesizing large scale integrated circuits
  • Ultra fast FPGA configuration/reconfiguration over USB (under 0.1 sec)
  • 4,608 Embedded FPGA Logic Elements (about 80,000 Gates typically)
  • 26 Embedded Logic RAM Elements (119Kbits)
  • FPGA-PC USB Data Transfer at up to 40MByte/sec
  • Onboard 93LC56B configuration EEPROM
  • MOSFET switched 5V and 3.3V power outputs for powering external logic
  • Onboard 12MHz crystal and essential support components for FT2232HQ
  • 80 dedicated external I/O pins
  • Onboard 50MHz oscillator as FPGA primary clock – also available for external use
  • JTAG interface for testing the I/Os and registers of the FPGA
  • 1 dedicated external clock input
  • Powered from USB bus or external PSU
  • Standard 0.1 inch pitch format connector pins, ideal for rapid prototyping or small-medium size production runs
  • FTDI’s VCP and D2XX USB Windows and Linux USB drivers (provided) eliminate the need for driver development in most cases
  • FPGA loader interface DLL (for Windows only not including CE) supplied including interface examples in VB, VC++ and Delphi
  • Stand-alone FPGA loader programs provided for Windows and Linux
  • VHDL programming examples (I/O over USB) provided
  • Delphi application software examples including source code provided
  • Free Altera Quartus II Software Starter Suite development software available from the Altera Website
  • Backward compatible with the existing MorphIC-I
  • Supports 1.5/1.8/2.5/3.3-V LVTTL/LVCMOS signals, IOBANK1-3 restricted to 3.3V
FTDI Morph-IC-II dimensions :
FTDI Morph IC II dimensions
Morph-IC-II is a compact and powerful FPGA module which is capable of implementing LSI (Large Scale Integration) designs or entry level VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) designs.

Designs can be synthesised through utilising up to 4,608 Logic Elements of Morph-IC-II‟s on board FPGA.

The Morph-IC-II platform combines an Altera Cyclone®-II FPGA with high-performance USB 2.0 capabilities that facilitate Hi-speed communications with ultra-fast, sub-100ms FPGA programming/reprogramming.

This makes Morph-IC-II ideal for applications which require users to reconfigure hardware functionality “on-the-fly” by downloading new software over USB : “morphing” the hardware.

Communication between the FPGA and the PC is done through a USB 2.0 connection to the FTDI FT2232H USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (480Mbit/s) USB bridge. Morph-IC-II is an easy to use module which allows users to program and interact with the FPGA using a free software package produced by Altera called Quartus II.