Arrow Electronics introduced the BeMicro evaluation board. BeMicro is a low-cost and convenient way to demonstrate the use of soft-core processors in embedded, FPGA-based designs. Altera and Arrow jointly developed the evaluation board to show hardware engineers not familiar with soft-core processors, a simple and cost-effective way to evaluate the benefits of using embedded processors in FPGAs. Hardware engineers using the low-cost BeMicro board have at their fingertips a simple and effective method to gain experience with soft-core processors in FPGAs.
BeMicro Evaluation Board Features
- Altera Cyclone III FPGA — EP3C16F256C8N
- Altera NIOS II embedded processor
- 16 MHz clock oscillator
- Three status LEDs
- Eight user LEDs
- 80-pin edge connector
The BeMicro evaluation board features an Altera Cyclone III FPGA and Nios II embedded processor and comes in a simple USB stick form factor. Embedded and nonembedded hardware engineers can use the BeMicro board to evaluate Altera’s Nios II soft-core embedded processor and SOPC (system-on-a-programmable chip) design methodology with training and a simple guided tutorial.
BeMicro is a highly effective way to evaluate the benefits of an FPGA/soft-core processors solution. Using the proof-of-concept board, hardware engineers can see first hand, in a quick and cost-effective manner, how FPGAs along with soft-core processors can be a viable alternative to fixed-function ASSPs.
More information: Arrow Electronics