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Spartan 3E Starter Board

Xilinx Spartan 3E FPGA (500K gates)
100-pin Hirose FX2 connector
Three 6-pin Pmod connectors
PS/2 keyboard
Two DB9 RS-232 connectors
RJ-45 Ethernet
16-pin header for optional LCD modules
SMA connector for high-speed clock input
JTAG programming via on-board USB2 port; JTAG & SPI Flash programming with parallel or USB JTAG Cable; numerous additional configuration options.
  • Xilinx XC3S500E FPGA
  • Xilinx XCF04 Platform Flash for storing FPGA configurations
  • 64MB Micron DDR SDRAM
  • 16MB Numonyx StrataFlash
  • 2MB ST Microelectronics Serial Flash
  • Linear Technologies Power Supplies
  • Texas Instruments TPS75003 Triple-Supply Power Management IC
  • SMSC LAN83C185 Ethernet PHY
The Spartan 3E Starter Board provides a powerful and highly advanced self-contained development platform for designs targeting the Spartan 3E FPGA from Xilinx. It features a 500K gate Spartan 3E FPGA with a 32 bit RISC processor and DDR interfaces.

The board also features a Xilinx Platform Flash, USB and JTAG parallel programming interfaces with numerous FPGA configuration options via the onboard Intel StrataFlash and ST Microelectronics Serial Flash. The board is fully compatible with all versions of the Xilinx ISE tools including the free WebPack. The board ships with a power supply and USB cable for programming so designs can be implemented immediately with no hidden costs. The Spartan 3E Starter board is also compatible with the MicroBlaze Embedded Development Kit (EDK) and PicoBlaze from Xilinx.

For reference designs and documentation, please visit Xilinx's Spartan 3E support page.

Note: In order to program and communicate with the Spartan 3E Starter board, you must download and install the free Xilinx ISE webPACK software.

Support Documents:

Doc # Date Categories Description  
DSD-0000051 Product Documentation Spartan 3E Starter User Guide Download
DSD-0000052 Product Documentation Spartan 3E Schematic Download
DSD-0000232 4/20/09 Reference Designs Active Power Meter reference design Download
DSD-0000233 4/20/09 Reference Designs BRAM Configuration reference design Download
DSD-0000234 4/20/09 Reference Designs PS2 Mouse Control reference component Download
DSD-0000235 4/20/09 Reference Designs PS2 Mouse Displayer reference component Download
DSD-0000238 4/20/09 Reference Designs RS232 interface reference component Download
DSD-0000239 4/20/09 Reference Designs Pulse-width modulation reference component Download
DSD-0000240 4/20/09 Reference Designs RS232 example reference design Download
DSD-0000241 4/20/09 Reference Designs VGA controller reference design Download
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