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    The Industrial Networking Kit (INK) offers a comprehensive development platform for industrial communications and automation applications.



    Farnell / element14 will have a unit on display at the Embedded World, Nuremberg at Stand 653, Hall 12.


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    The kit consists of the DE2-115 board featuring the Altera Cyclone® IV device and an Industrial Communications Board (ICB-HSMC) supporting RS-485, RS-232, CAN, and additional I/O expansion. The INK gives industrial equipment designers greater flexibility in implementing real-time Ethernet communications with the availability of Industrial Ethernet IP cores.


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    Altera has expanded its Industrial Networking Partner Program (INPP) with an Industrial Networking Kit (INK) from Terasic aimed at reducing development time for industrial networking designers. By providing access to Altera's IP partners in one place and adding the capabilities of Terasic's INK, customers can generate IP evaluation packages with hardware made accessible through the partnership program, thereby reducing cost and time to market.


    Altera claims INK could cut down developers time by up to one year. Designers can access the kit and IP partners from, with partners providing proven solutions and evaluation packages that work with INK.


    INK is based on the Terasic DE2-115 FPGA board with dual 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 128-MB SDRAM, 8-MB flash memory, 4-MB SRAM, security EEPROM, HSMC connector, GPIOs, toggle switches, status LEDs, USB, audio, and video capabilities.


    INK has a Cyclone IV E (EP4CE115F29) FPGA and supports most Industrial Ethernet and fieldbus networking standard allowing all IP vendors to support the latest generation of low-cost FPGAs.


    INK finds applications in industrial automation and process control, typically, servo/drive/motion-control equipment, sensors, programmable-logic controllers, machine vision, and video surveillance equipment.


    The DE2-115 board features allow users to implement simple circuits to complex multimedia projects with the following hardware is provided:

    • Altera Cyclone® IV 4CE115 FPGA device • Altera Serial Configuration device - EPCS64SI16NEPCS64SI16N

    • USB Blaster (on board) for programming; both JTAG and Active Serial (AS) programming modes are supported

    • 2MB SRAM

    • Two 64MB SDRAM

    • 8MB Flash memory

    • SD Card socket

    • 4 Push-buttons

    • 18 Slide switches

    • 18 Red user LEDs

    • 9 Green user LEDs

    • 50MHz oscillator for clock sources

    • 24-bit CD-quality audio CODEC with line-in, line-out, and microphone-in jacks

    • VGA DAC (8-bit high-speed triple DACs) with VGA-out connector

    • TV Decoder (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) and TV-in connector

    • 2 Gigabit Ethernet PHY with RJ45 connectors

    • USB Host/Slave Controller with USB type A and type B connectors

    RS-232 transceiver and 9-pin connector

    • PS/2 mouse/keyboard connector

    • IR Receiver

    • 2 SMA connectors for external clock input/output 9

    • One 40-pin Expansion Header with diode protection

    • One High Speed Mezzanine Card (HSMC) connector

    • 16x2 LCD module


    The DE2-115 board has software support for standard I/O interfaces and control panel facility in addition to the hardware features.

    Software is also provided for supporting a number of demonstrations, illustrating the advanced capabilities of the DE2-115 board.

    User of the DE2-115 board need to be familiar with the Quartus II software. Information can be had from the tutorials "Getting Started with Altera's DE2-115 Board (tut_initialDE2-115.pdf) and "Quartus II Introduction". The tutorials are found in the directory DE2_115_tutorials on the DE2-115 System CD, available with the DE2-115 kit and found on Terasic's DE2-115 web pages.


    The DE2-115 Board Specifications:

    Cyclone® IV EP4CE115

    • 114,480 logic elements (LEs)

    • 3,888 Embedded memory (Kbits)

    • 266 Embedded 18 x 18 multipliers

    • 4 General-purpose PLLs

    • 528 User I/Os


    Configuration Device and USB-Blaster Circuit

    EPCS64SI16NEPCS64SI16N serial configuration device

    • On-board USB-Blaster circuitry

    • JTAG and AS mode configuration supported


    Memory Devices

    • 128MB (32Mx32bit) SDRAM

    • 2MB (1Mx16) SRAM

    • 8MB (4Mx16) Flash with 8-bit mode

    • 32Kbit EEPROM


    Switches and Indicators

    • 18 switches and 4 push-buttons

    • 18 red and 9 green LEDs

    • Eight 7-segment displays



    • 24-bit CODEC

    • line-in, line-out, and microphone-in jacks



    • 16x2 LCD module


    On-Board Clocking Circuitry

    • Three 50MHz oscillator clock inputs

    • SMA connectors (external clock input/output)


    SD Card Socket

    • Provides SPI and 4-bit SD mode for SD Card access


    Two Gigabit Ethernet Ports

    • Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet

    • Supports Industrial Ethernet IP cores


    172-pin High Speed Mezzanine Card (HSMC)

    • Configurable I/O standards (voltage levels: 3.3/2.5/1.8/1.5V)


    USB Type A and B

    • Provide host and device controller compliant with USB 2.0

    • Support data transfer at full-speed and low-speed

    • PC driver available


    40-pin Expansion Port

    • Configurable I/O standards (voltage levels: 3.3/2.5/1.8/1.5V)


    VGA-out Connector

    • VGA DAC (high speed triple DACs)


    DB-9 Serial Connector

    • RS232 port with flow control


    PS/2 Connector

    • PS/2 connector for connecting a PS2 mouse or keyboard to the DE2-115


    Remote Control

    • Infrared receiver module


    TV-in Connector

    • TV decoder (HTSC/PAL/SECAM)



    • Desktop DC input

    • Switching and step-down regulators LM3150MHE/NOPBLM3150MHE/NOPB


    ICB-HSMC Board

    • High Speed Mezzanine Card (HSMC) connector for interface conversion

    • Two CAN DB9 connector

    • Two RS-485 DB9 connector

    RS-232 DB9 connector

    • Two 6-pin SPIO port

    • 12-pin SPIO port

    • 40-pin expansion port

    • Seven 10-pin headers for supported communication protocols (RS-232, CAN, RS-485) and signal measurement