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  • Power: Low Power
  • Name: Waveshare
  • Frequency: Low Frequency
  • Type: SCM
  • Model Number: OpenEP3C16-C Standard
  • Category: ALTERA FPGA Development Board
  • Onboard FPGA: EP3C16Q240C8N (ALTERA Cyclone III)
  • Feature: Open & Modular design, features various communication interfaces
  • Operating Frequency: 50MHz
  • Operating Voltage: 1.15V~3.465V
Product Description

Debugging/Programming:supports JTAG

FPGA development board designed for ALTERA Cyclone III series, features the EP3C16 onboard, and integrates various standard interfaces, pretty easy for peripheral expansions.


OpenEP3C16-C is an FPGA development board that consists of the mother board DVK600 and the FPGA core board CoreEP3C16.

OpenEP3C16-C supports further expansion with various optional accessory boards for specific application. The modular and open design makes it the ideal for starting application development with ALTERA Cyclone III series FPGA devices. OpenEP3C16-C enables you to start your design with the Nios II processor easily and quickly.

What\\\\\\\'s on the mother board

  1. FPGA CPLD core board connector: for easily connecting core boards which integrate an FPGA CPLD chip onboard
  2. 8I/Os_1 interface, for connecting accessory boards/modules
  3. 8I/Os_2 interface, for connecting accessory boards/modules
  4. 16I/Os_1 interface, for connecting accessory boards/modules
  5. 16I/Os_2 interface, for connecting accessory boards/modules
  6. 32I/Os_1 interface, for connecting accessory boards/modules
  7. 32I/Os_2 interface, for connecting accessory boards/modules
  8. 32I/Os_3 interface, for connecting accessory boards/modules

All the I/O interfaces above:

  • capable of being simulated as USART, I2C, SPI, PS/2, etc.
  • capable of driving devices such as FRAM, FLASH, USB, Ethernet, etc.
  1. SDRAM interface
    • for connecting SDRAM accessory board
    • also works as FPGA CPLD pins expansion connectors
  2. LCD interface, for connecting LCD22, LCD12864, LCD1602
  3. ONE-WIRE interface: easily connects to ONE-WIRE devices (TO-92 package), such as temperature sensor (DS18B20), electronic registration number (DS2401), etc.
  4. 5V DC jack
  5. Joystick: five positions
  6. Buzzer
  7. Potentiometer: for LCD22 backlight adjustment, or LCD12864, LCD1602 contrast adjustment
  8. Power switch
  9. Buzzer jumper
  10. ONE-WIRE jumper
  11. Joystick jumper

For jumpers 17-19:

  • short the jumper to connect to I/Os used in example code
  • open the jumper to connect to other custom pins via jumper wires

The DVK600 supports a wide range of different core boards, therefore, some of the interfaces may be Not-Connected and useless while connecting to certain core board.

What\\\\\\\'s on the CoreEP3C16

  1. EP3C16Q240C8N: the ALTERA Cyclone III FPGA device which features:
    • Operating Frequency: 50MHz
    • Operating Voltage: 1.15V~3.465V
    • Package: QFP240
    • I/Os: 136
    • LEs: 15408
    • RAM: 504kb
    • PLLs: 4
    • Debugging/Programming: supports JTAG
  2. AMS1117-3.3, 3.3V voltage regulator
  3. AMS1117-2.5, 2.5V voltage regulator
  4. AMS1117-1.2, 1.2V voltage regulator
  5. EPCS16, onboard serial FLASH memory, for storing code
  6. Power indicator
  7. LEDs
  8. Reset button
  9. nCONFIG button: for re-configuring the FPGA chip, the equivalent of power reseting
  10. 50M active crystal oscillator
  11. JTAG interface: for debugging/programming
  12. FPGA pins expander, VCC, GND and all the I/O ports are accessible on expansion connectors for further expansion



Note: The OpenEP3C16-C does NOT integrate any programming/debugging function, a programmer/debugger is required.


The OpenEP3C16-C FPGA development board comes with various examples codes for the supported peripherals, which give you a quick start to develop your own application.

Peripheral Description Interface Verilog VHDL NIOS II C
S29GL128P NorFLASH 32I/Os     Y
FM24CXX FRAM I2C      
SD card FLASH SPI      
H57V1262GTR SDRAM parallel      
PCF8563 RTC I2C      
DS18B20 Temperature sensor 1-WIRE      
SP3232 Serial communication UART      
SP3485 Serial communication UART      
FT245 USB TO FIFO parallel      
CY7C68013A USB DEVICE I/Os      
ENC28J60 Ethernet controller SPI      
Buzzer Sound device 1I/O (PWM)      
PS/2 keyboard Input device PS/2      
Single buttons Input device ----      
4x4 keypad Input device 8I/Os      
Joystick Input device 5I/Os      
LED Display device ----      
8 SEG LED Display device 13I/Os      
VGA monitor Display device VGA      
Character LCD Display device 11I/Os      
Graphic LCD Display device 11I/Os      
3.2 inch multi-color LCD + touch screen Display device + Input device 32I/Os      

Debugging/Programming Interface

The OpenEP3C16-C FPGA development board integrates JTAG interface for programming/debugging.

JTAG Signal Names & Description

Pin Signal Name Description
1 TCK Clock signal
2 GND Signal ground
3 TDO Data from device
4 VCC(TRGT) Target power supply
5 TMS JTAG state machine control
6 NC No connect
7 NC No connect
8 NC No connect
9 TDI Data to device
10 GND Signal ground

JTAG Header Pinout


Development Resources

The User Guide CD includes development resources listed as follow:

  • Related Software (Quaters II, NIOS II etc.)
  • Demo Code (Verilog, VHDL and NIOS II C)
  • Schematic (PDF)
  • FPGA Development Documentations (Datasheets etc.)

Package Contains

  1. OpenEP3C16-C development board x 1
  2. 4-pin wire x 2
  3. 2-pin wire x 2
  4. USB power cable x 1
  5. User guide CD x 1
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