Lark Board - Altera Cyclone V SoC Evaluation Kit

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Altera Lark BoardLark BoardLark Board is an evaluation board designed by Embest based on an Altera ARM (Cortex-A9 dual-core)+FPGA processor. The SoC, named 5CSXFC6D6F31 that comes from Cyclone V SX family, integrates not only the traditional FPGA fabric, but also an ARM Cortex-A9-based HPS (operating at 800MHz) and a high-speed transceiver (3Gbps Serdes) hard subsystem.
Lark BoardLark Board provides 1GB DDR3 SDRAM separately for both ARM and FPGA, and has 4 high-speed USB2.0 Host interfaces, a TF card slot for mass storage, a 12-bit camera interface, a VGA interface, a 24-bit LCD interface, PCIe, UART, JTAG, 3G bps SDI input/output and a HDMI interface. Additionally, two 2*200-pin connectors are mounted on the board in order to make the unused pins of HPS/FPGA available for users. Lark Board uses a switching power supply controller chip (integrated with inductor) that comes from Alteraís Enpirion family to provide a stable and efficient output for each BANK of FPGA. Meanwhile, it has two on-board DIP switches used to enable various voltage levels required by the different interfaces on the board with the purpose to facilitate power consumption evaluation conducted by users.
Lark BoardLark Board comes with a lot of FPGA example applications and the corresponding source code, Linux 3.10 and u-boot source code and Debian 7.4 system image, as well as schematics and key chipsí datasheets to help users implement evaluation and secondary development fast.
Features
  • Cyclone V SoC
  • On-board USB Blaster II
  • Supports VGA, LCD, SDI & HDMI
  • HPS Expansion
  • 4 x USB
  • PCIe
Webinar
Terms & Conditions
  • Testers will be selected on the basis of quality of applications: we expect a full and complete description of why you want to test this particular product.
  • Testers are required to produce a full, comprehensive and well thought out review within 2 months of receipt of the product.
  • Failure to provide this review within the above timescale will result in the enrolee being excluded from future RoadTests.
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    Wow! I was considering to apply for this and kinda glad I did not. I did not have experience with FPGA (wishing I will sometime in future), The board had too much to worry about for interfaces. Lastly, the webinar did not leave me with any good purpose in mind. My I ask what your proposal is/was? I would not be surprised if it changes. If I have any ideas, would you like to hear? Maybe a group effort can be beneficial. But that is up to you. Thanks for the updates and progress. You certainly did more research than I had done.

     

    Wishing you the best,

    Clem

  • My application for the road test included programming the hardware components on the Lark Board in binary mode to compare the performance of the peripherals running in a Linux mode. There was only one problem I encountered so far, no way to program the board with an IDE was given, and there was no board-specific hardware library to support the features of the board included with the kit.

     

    They did however hand other peoples' hardware libraries dating back from 1992-2010 for hardware the Lark Board doesn't even use, like dial up modem, IDE, SATA. 50,000 bogus hardware devices.

     

    They should have included a proper library, such that it included SDRAM.h, HPS.h, FPGA.h, SDI.h, QSPI.h, PLL.h and so on specific to the board hardware, not technology from the 1990's.

     

    I haven't placed a review in yet because I still have faith this board can be programmed in binary mode without a board-specific library to support the hardware.

    I resorted to creating a brand new compiler, and am 50% finished entering in all the hardware addresses from the memory map for communicating with the hardware directly.

     

    They should create an Embest Studio for development on their boards like Atmel Studio has for theirs. I don't see a point why an $800 board is running free software. Potential users of the board will be wanting full control over the board so they can program it the way they want. They won't be wanting to use Linux, but as developers, they'll be wanting to program the hardware the way they want so it can suit their needs for their applications.

     

    Embest needs to create an Embest Studio to support their boards like Atmel Studio does for their line of boards. Users can select the board they want to program for, and they even have examples of the hardware features per component. I did not see any of this type of support with this kit.

     

    No IDE, No hardware library, just a bunch of source code for technology that existed 10-20 years ago. What can you expect for a board made in China.

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  • My application for the road test included programming the hardware components on the Lark Board in binary mode to compare the performance of the peripherals running in a Linux mode. There was only one problem I encountered so far, no way to program the board with an IDE was given, and there was no board-specific hardware library to support the features of the board included with the kit.

     

    They did however hand other peoples' hardware libraries dating back from 1992-2010 for hardware the Lark Board doesn't even use, like dial up modem, IDE, SATA. 50,000 bogus hardware devices.

     

    They should have included a proper library, such that it included SDRAM.h, HPS.h, FPGA.h, SDI.h, QSPI.h, PLL.h and so on specific to the board hardware, not technology from the 1990's.

     

    I haven't placed a review in yet because I still have faith this board can be programmed in binary mode without a board-specific library to support the hardware.

    I resorted to creating a brand new compiler, and am 50% finished entering in all the hardware addresses from the memory map for communicating with the hardware directly.

     

    They should create an Embest Studio for development on their boards like Atmel Studio has for theirs. I don't see a point why an $800 board is running free software. Potential users of the board will be wanting full control over the board so they can program it the way they want. They won't be wanting to use Linux, but as developers, they'll be wanting to program the hardware the way they want so it can suit their needs for their applications.

     

    Embest needs to create an Embest Studio to support their boards like Atmel Studio does for their line of boards. Users can select the board they want to program for, and they even have examples of the hardware features per component. I did not see any of this type of support with this kit.

     

    No IDE, No hardware library, just a bunch of source code for technology that existed 10-20 years ago. What can you expect for a board made in China.

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