Summer of FPGAs -- Lattice MACHXO3LF Starter Kit

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The MachXO3LF Starter Kit is a basic breakout board to allow simple evaluation and development of MachXO3LF based designs. It has the LCMXO3LF-6900C-5BG256C device on it. A SPI Flash is available on this Starter Kit board for evaluating external boot or dual-boot functional capabilities.


This Starter Kit board is a 3 x 3 inch form factor, and features a USB mini-B connector for power and programming, an LED array, and prototype area. It comes with a pre-loaded demonstration, a counter design that highlights use of the embedded MachXO3LF oscillator and programmable I/Os configured for LED drive. A USB cable is also included with the kit, and demos area available for download. By using the free Lattice design tools, you can program the MachXO3LF device to review your own custom design.





  • MachXO3 FPGA - LCMXO3L-6900C-5BG256C
  • USB Mini-B connector (program/power)
  • Pre-programmed example design (available on
  • Eight LEDs
  • 4-position DIP switch
  • 40-hole prototyping area
  • Four 2 x 20 expansion header landing for general I/O, JTAG and external power
  • 1 x 8 expansion header landing for JTAG, 1 x 6 expansion header landing for SPI/ I2C
  • SPI Flash for external boot or dual boot
  • 3.3V and 1.2V supply rails



  • MachXO3L breakout board, Pre-loaded demo, Mini USB cable, Quickstart guide.


Additional Information

Important Dates

Enrollment Begin: July 7 2021

Enrollment Ends: Aug 10 2021

RoadTesters Selected: July 16 2021 (estimated)

Product Shipped: Aug 20 2021

RoadTesting Begins: Aug 24 2021

Reminder/Update Email: Sept 24 2021

Submit Reviews By: Oct 24 2021

*The element14 RoadTest Staff will send this reminder/update email.

**If a RoadTester is unable to meet the deadline, please notify the RoadTest Program Lead, , as soon as possible before the deadline.


How to locate the official RoadTest review form:  How To Locate the Official RoadTest Review Form (duplicate)


Terms and Conditions

Summer of FPGAs -- MACHXO3L STARTER KIT– RoadTest

Terms and Conditions

These are the terms and conditions which govern the  Summer of FPGAs -- MACHXO3L STARTER KIT RoadTest contest. This Contest requires participants to submit an application indicating their previous experience with this type of equipment/component, information on what they would do to test the equipment/component, and the applicant’s desire to post a thorough review of their experience with images, photos, or other supplemental materials. Participants will be required to meet the Conditions for Participation.  The winners of this RoadTest will receive the item(s) listed below. RoadTest Reviews are due no later than 60 days after the receipt of the item(s). No other prizes are offered.

The Principal terms of the Competition:

The following words and phrases are used in these terms and conditions and have the meanings given to them below.


Key dates:

Applications Close: midnight (GMT) on August 10  2021

Announcement of Winner (estimated): August 12 2021 


Additional Prizes: none

Competition Site:

Site or element14 Community:

Judges: members of the element14 community team chosen at the Organiser’s discretion.

Judging Criteria, All of the following which will have equal weighting:

· Demonstrated competence with the technologies including links or descriptions of past projects

· Qualifications as indicated by current job role and/or schooling/vocational training;

· A thorough description of how the prize would be tested;

· Likelihood that the Applicant will blog about the prize and provide a review on;

· Originality;

· Innovation.

Organiser: Premier Farnell plc (registered in England and Wales under company number 876412) whose registered office is at Farnell House, Forge Lane, Leeds, UK

Conditions for Qualification: in addition to meeting the requirements of these terms, all persons applying to take part in the Contest (each one an Applicant) must:

· Provide a RoadTest application describing what he/she would do if awarded the Prize including similar previous projects, product experience and qualifications

Terms: these terms and conditions which govern the Competition and to which the Organiser reserves the right to make changes from time to time and the latest version of these Terms from time to time will be posted to the Site.

  1. Eligibility
  2. Applications:
  3. Selecting Winners:
  4. Liability:
  5. General:

1.1 Save as set out in these Terms, the Contest is open to any natural or legal person, firm or company or group of natural persons or unincorporated body.

1.2 All Applicants must be aged at least 18 at the time of their application.

1.3 Applicants must not enter the RoadTest if doing so or taking part may:

1.3.1 cause the Organiser and/or themselves to be in breach of any agreement (including but not limited to any contract of employment) to which they are a party or in breach of any law, regulation or rule having the force of law to which the Organiser or the Applicant may be subject or any policy of the Organiser or the Sponsor;

1.3.2 Require the Organiser to obtain any licence, authorisation or permission to deal with the Applicant; or

1.3.3 Be in breach of any policy or practice of their employer. Some employers prohibit or restrict their employees from taking part in competitions such as these or receiving prizes under them and the Organiser respects those policies and practices.

The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any Application made in breach of these Terms and to reject any Application which it reasonably believes may be or become in breach. The Organiser reserves the right to require evidence in such form as the Organiser may reasonably require of any Applicant’s compliance with any of these Terms and to disqualify any Applicant or Participant who cannot provide such evidence reasonably promptly.

1.4 Multiple applications are not permitted.

1.5 Applications may not be submitted by an agent whether acting on behalf of an undisclosed principal or otherwise.

1.6 The Contest is NOT open to:

1.6.1 Any person or entity who is a resident or national of any country which is subject to sanctions, embargoes or national trade restrictions of the United States of America, the European Union or the United Kingdom;

1.6.2 Any employee, director, member, shareholder (as appropriate) or any of their direct families (parents, siblings, spouse, partner, children) (“Direct Families”) of the Organiser and Sponsors; or

2.1 Each Applicant must fully complete and submit a RoadTest Application by the Application Close.

2.2 By submitting a Registration Form, each Applicant:

2.2.1 Authorises the Organiser to use his or her personal data (as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998) for the purposes of running and promoting the RoadTest;

2.2.2 Authorises the Organizer to copy, reproduce and publish their application should they be accepted as a Participant;

2.2.3 Will be deemed to have read, accepted and agree to be bound by these Terms. Applicants are advised to print and keep safe these Terms;

2.2.4 Authorises the Organiser to copy, reproduce and use the Application and/or Review for the purposes of the RoadTest and as otherwise contemplated by these Terms. The Organiser will not be responsible for any inaccuracy, error or omission contained in any reproduction or use of the Project Blogs.

2.2.5 Licenses the Organiser to use the intellectual property in the Project (IP) for the purposes of this Contest. As between the Applicant and the Organiser the IP remains owned by the Applicant.

2.2.6 Grants the Organiser the right to use his or her likeness, photographs, logos, trademarks, audio or video recordings without restriction for the purposes of Contest or the promotion of it or the Site;

2.2.7 Agrees to participate positively in all publicity surrounding the Contest;

2.2.8 Agrees to be responsible for all expenses and costs incurred by him or her in preparing for, entering and participating in the Contest (save for any expenses expressly agreed by the Organiser to be borne by it in these Terms);

2.2.9 Confirms that he or she owns all IP used in his or her application or Project or Blogs and indemnifies the Organiser from any claim by a third party that use of any material provided by an Applicant to the Organiser infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party;

2.2.10 Agrees not to act in any way or fail to act in any way or be associated with any cause or group which would have a negative impact on the reputation of the Organiser and/or the RoadTest.

2.3 All applications submitted to this RoadTest must meet the following criteria:

2.3.1 Applicants must be the author, creator and owner of the proposed review idea. Applicants must not submit someone else’s idea;

2.3.2 The proposed application must be reasonably achievable by the within the time constraints of the Contest;

2.3.3 Applications must not include or propose any of the following, the inclusion of which shall render any proposed application ineligible:

(a) Applications which relate to socially taboo topics, such as illicit drug use or sexual gratification;

(b) Applications that are or could reasonably be considered to be illegal, immoral, discriminatory or offensive as determined by the Organiser;

(c) Applications in relation to them which if accepted would infringe or breach any of the policies or terms of access or use of the Site.

2.4 No Application may contain any of the hazardous substances identified by Article 4 of Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament on the Restrictions on the Use of Substances in Electronic and Electrical Equipment ("the Directive") or the use of such hazardous substances in the in any such Project must not exceed the maximum concentration values set out in the Directive.

3.1 Winners will be selected by the Organiser on the basis of the quality of his or her application and its adherence to these Terms.

3.2 The total number of Winners selected will be at least the minimum number set out above but the actual number is at the sole discretion of the Organizer and/or the Sponsor, if applicable.

3.3 The Organiser will use all reasonable efforts to announce the Winners via an update to the RoadTest page by the date listed above.

3.4 Winners agree to take part in all publicity which the Organiser or the Sponsor wishes to use to promote the RoadTest, the Products featured or other Contests with which the Organiser may be connected from time to time.

3.5 Details of the Winners may also be published in the media.

3.6 Winners are responsible for all applicable taxes, duties or other charges payable in relation to any prize.


4.1 The Organiser hereby excludes all and any Liability arising out of the Contest or the acceptance, use, quality, condition, suitability or performance of any Prize, even where that Liability may arise from the Organiser’s negligence.

4.2 Nothing in these Terms will affect any Liability of the Organiser for death or personal injury arising from its negligence, for breach of Part II of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (in the event that any entrant is entitled to claim rights under the Consumer Protection Act 1987) or for any matter in relation to which it would be illegal for the Organiser to exclude or to attempt to exclude its Liability.

4.3 Subject to 4.2, neither the Organiser, any parent company nor any subsidiary of the Organiser or such parent company or any of their directors, officers and employees (together referred to in these terms and the ‘Associates’) makes any guarantee, warranty or representation of any kind, express or implied, with respect to this Competition or the Prizes potentially available under it. Neither the Organiser nor any of its Associates shall be responsible for any Liability that may arise out of or in connection with person’s participation in this Competition, the claiming, redemption or value of any prizes under it, the use or enjoyment of such prizes or any events or circumstances arising out of or in connection with any of them. Any implied warranties of condition, merchantability or suitability or fitness for purpose of any of them are hereby expressly excluded. Wherever used in these Terms, ‘Liability’ shall mean any and all costs, expenses, claims, damages, actions, proceedings, demands, losses and other liabilities (including legal fees and costs on a full indemnity basis) arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with the matter concerned.

5.1 The RoadTest is organised and sponsored by the Organiser. The Organiser reserves the right to delegate all or any of its powers, rights and obligations arising in relation to the RoadTest to any Associate and certain such rights and powers are assumed by the Organiser on behalf of itself and each Associate. Reference to “Organiser” shall be deemed to include reference to each Associate.

5.2 The RoadTest may be terminated at any time if there are, in the sole opinion of the Organiser, an insufficient number of entries, or if the Applications are not of an appropriate standard for a competition of this nature. The Organiser has the right to cancel or suspend the RoadTest at any time due to circumstances outside its reasonable control.

5.3 The Organiser shall have the sole discretion to disqualify (without correspondence or right of appeal) any Applicant it considers to be adversely affecting the process or the operation of the RoadTest or to be in breach of these Terms or to be acting in a disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Applicant or Participant.

5.4 The Organiser has the right to amend or add to these Terms from time to time. Revised Terms and Conditions will be posted on the Contest Site and it is a condition of entry to the RoadTest that Applicants agree to comply with these Terms and, if appropriate, such Terms as amended from time to time.

5.5 Headings are for convenience only and do not affect the interpretation or construction of these Terms and Conditions.

5.6 These Terms and the operation of the Contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law and any claim or matter arising under these Terms shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Comment List
  • Thank you roadtesters for the `100% review completion rate.

  • No problem..

    Turns out  the name does matter using the tools.

    The Lattice Diamond IDE, seems to need to know the model #. to build the toolchain and run programmer properly, since LCMXO3L-6900C-5BG256C is NVCM Based and the board I'm reviewing LCMXO3LF-6900C-5BG256C is Flash Based.


    I've gone through the process with the model# LCMX03L and it will not work. What happens is, Lattice Programmer Reports an incompatibility in the file that Lattice Programmer is trying to download to the board. NVCM stands for 'Non Volatile Configuration Memory'  which appears to be a slightly differently configuration


    At least I'm learning more about FPGA Dev Kits..


    Kind Regards

    Steve K

  • Newark sells two starter kits:



    Starter Kit, MACHXO3LF, FPGA




    Starter Kit, MACHXO3L, FPGA



    But you received this one:



    Starter Kit, MACHXO3LF, FPGA



    So, I can change the page to reflect that. Just grabbed the wrong kit number. Thanks.



  • Hi

    Yes your correct, This page has the wrong product name and chip part#.

    The name of the product is:    "MachXO3LF Starter Kit" part# is "LCMXO3LF-6900C-S-EVN".

    The Lattice FPGA part# is:      "LCMXO3LF-6900C-5BG256C"


    I just received the kit for evaluation and the Lattice chip on the board is an LCMXO3LF-6900C-5BG256C. Looks like references to the part#  on this page dropped the "F".


    The packaging for the board clearly displays "MachXO3LF Starter Kit" and the recommended starter page at

    states the following:


    The MachXO3LF Starter Kit is a basic breakout board to allow simple evaluation and development of MachXO3LF based designs. It has the LCMXO3LF-6900C-5BG256C device on it. A SPI Flash is available on this Starter Kit board for evaluating external boot or dual-boot functional capabilities.


    The user guide mentioned on this page refers to two possible MachXO3 FPGA chips:

    LCMXO3L-6900C-5BG256C (NVCM Based) or LCMXO3LF-6900C-5BG256C (Flash Based)


    You might want to consider updating this page content to reflect the correct product name and part number.


    Kind Regards

    Steve K



  • Today, I Finished my Review on the OrangeCrab FPGA Dev Bd. for the Summer of FPGAs -- OrangeCrab Dev Bd. Roadtest

    This review evaluates the embedded software development capabilities of the Orange Crab.

    Check it out, if this interest you at

    Summer of FPGAs -- OrangeCrab Dev Bd - Review

    I'm still experimenting with it and plan on trying to use Lattice Diamond IDE with it.

    It would be nice to evaluate this Lattice board for comparisons. The OrangeCrab dev kit includes the Lattice ECP5 FPGA. I've been using the open source toolchains and the  Lattice Diamond IDE supposedly is supported also. We shall see, since  I have installed it on my Windows 10 development box. and will be trying some of the Verilog examples that I have been experimenting with the Open Source Toolchains.

  • Information from above list package content as: MachXO3L breakout board, Pre-loaded demo, Mini USB cable, Quickstart guide


    not MachXO3LF (On-chip Flash Programming (MachXO3LF Only) MachXO3LF includes programmable Flash and User Flash Memory (UFM)

  • Yes! Nice breakout most especially for beginner like me.


    I hope there are enough resources for learning and evaluating this board.


    Price looks affordable as well


    I am in



  • Nice board design which appears to break out every FPGA pin, have SPI/I2C and provide a small prototype area: e.g. good for IO level conditioning?


    It will be interesting to see what the roadtesters make of the Lattice Diamond software for versatility and ease of use.

  • This roadtest is open for enrollment