Arrow Electronics launches MAX1000 FPGA IoT maker board

March 22, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Arrow Electronics has introduced an FPGA IoT Maker Board that has been designed for end-to-end application development and optimised for cost.

The Arrow MAX1000 board can be installed directly into a custom application or integrated on to a completely separate board. It has been created for start-ups, universities or established equipment manufacturers who want a flexible, low cost FPGA platform for development. Arrow can also supply customised variants.

At the heart of the maker board is a compact (11- x 11-mm) Intel MAX10 FPGA with 8000 logic elements. This single chip includes integrated flash memory, a 1 Msps 12-bit ADC for analogue signals and a 3.3 V power supply. Other features include embedded SRAM, DSP blocks, instant-on within milliseconds, and the ability to implement Intel’s NIOS II soft core embedded processor to perform microcontroller tasks.

The board is equipped with an integrated Arrow USB-Blaster that enables the FPGA to be programmed directly from a PC and debugged using the free of charge Intel Quartus Prime Lite software – making the board plug-and-play and easy-to-use. The Arrow USB-Blaster can also be integrated into the user’s own circuit if required.

The MAX1000’s power can be supplied as 5 V from the USB port or via a separate pin. An Enpirion DC/DC converter with integrated coil then generates the 3.3 V supply used on board. A MEMS oscillator provides the clock supply for the FPGA and the USB bridge. The low power, 3-axis acceleration sensor – also based on MEMS technology – can be used for position and motion detection, which are often required in IoT applications. External SDRAM can be used for storage of application data or as memory for the NIOS II processor.