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.
  • Cyclone V SoC
  • On-board USB Blaster II
  • Supports VGA, LCD, SDI & HDMI
  • HPS Expansion
  • 4 x USB
  • PCIe
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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  • Its an expensive dev board and from what I have seen, there are very few people on the community that have the current skills to review it properly (I am not one of them) so while it would be fun to learn, I would not be able to learn quick enough to provide a reasonable review in the allotted time and I would think that will go for a huge number of the members.


    So I hope those without the skills do not apply as this deserves a good review that can try the limits of the board, not the reviewer image


    This is an example of a road test that is suitable for a much smaller audience to apply to. It should be interesting never the less



  • I agree. Much as I'd love to have one to play with, I would rather it was reviewed by someone who is using similar products professionally. This board looks extremely powerful in the right hands.

  • where is also second problem. As example right now i am working on project in university, where i need to process data from camera as fast as i can. Since i like micro controllers, i made this on over clocked STM32F429i processor, and with image capture and processing i am still getting 10Fps ( while camera can run 33FPS). Now this can be done with FPGA without to much problem, since image processing is just summing data in special order with multiplication, and only two divisions per frame is needed.


    So this platform is perfect to make it work. But here lies the problem, what to do next when i get prototype running ? it is a bit expensive to buy Altera Cyclone 5 SoC, not to mention, pcb and other support is quite difficult to produce and make it work. So skills required for good usage of this devkit just get few orders higher