Chicago, Ill. – Newark element14 has announced the launch of the Lark Board, a high-performance development board based on Altera’s Cyclone® V SoC. The Lark Board is designed for development of high-volume applications including automotive, medical equipment, video surveillance and industrial control.
“The launch of the Lark Board enables developers to efficiently utilize the advantages of Cyclone V SoC architecture, density and performance, offering a full-featured and powerful development platform for embedded system design and development,” said Joerg Bertholdt, Director, Embedded Software Marketing and Planning at Altera.
The Lark Board features a 5CSXFC6D6 SoC FPGA, the largest SoC device in the Cyclone V SX family. This device integrates an FPGA and ARM-based dual-core Hard Processor System (HPS) that operates at speeds up to 800 MHz and is coupled together through an AXI high-speed interconnect backbone to the FPGA fabric. A single monolithic device combines the performance and power savings of hard intellectual property with the flexibility of programmable logic.
“We are delighted with the opportunity to develop the Lark Board, which highlights Altera’s leadership in programmable logic solutions and our design capabilities in embedded products,” said David Shen, Chief Technology Officer at Premier Farnell. “Engineers will appreciate the power, speed and flexibility this industry-leading SoC development kit provides at a price point not normally seen for full-featured, FPGA-based evaluation boards.”
The Lark Board provides 1GB DDR3 SDRAM to each of the HPS and FPGA as well as 4GB eMMC Flash and a Transflash card slot for mass storage. The Lark Board features several standard I/O interfaces including PCI Express, Gigabit Ethernet, USB2.0 Host ports, UART, JTAG, and 3G SDI. The combination of HDMI, VGA and LCD screen support gives the Lark Board a competitive advantage; moreover, it supports VGA display up to 1920x1080 and 1080 HDMI digital output making it ideal for video intensive applications. It also features a 30-pin digital camera connector ideal for surveillance type applications.
Get a tour of the Larkboard on Dec. 2, 2014 by joining element14’s webinar, “Developing Advanced Embedded Systems with Altera Cyclone V SoC and element14 Lark board” during which Todd Koelling from Altera and Craig Stiegman from element14 will discuss how its flexible architecture allows multiple configuration options and customizable hardware designs to be implemented. Registration is free and open to all element14 Community members.
The Lark Board also integrates a 12-bit high-speed and a dual-channel 3.3GHz RF/IF differential amplifier alongside a 12-bit 105MSPS high-accuracy ADC to enable analog signal amplification, filtering and sampling. The Lark Board uses an Altera Enpirion® power solution to provide a stable and efficient output for all the Cyclone V SoC’s power rails.
A USB Blaster II has been integrated on the Lark Board to increase the efficiency of FPGA debugging. The onboard USB Blaster supports Quartus® II and ARM DS-5 development environments. The Lark Board comes pre-installed with Yocto, an embedded distribution of Linux with other Linux distributions available to download online.
The Lark Board is available exclusively for $940 from Newark element14 in North America, Farnell element14 in Europe and element14 in Asia Pacific. Data sheets and application notes can be found on the product pages together with a range of associated accessories and 24/5 live tech support is available for any queries. This new development board is the latest in Newark element14’s diverse portfolio ranging from starter kits to complete development boards, including the newest releases and exclusive bundles from the largest range of development kits available globally from one single source – the element14 Design Center.