Industrial Networking Partner Program
To take advantage of the flexible and programmable nature of Altera® FPGAs to evaluate and develop multiple Industrial Ethernet protocol standards on a single FPGA such as a Cyclone IV device, you can start with a modular industrial solutions platform such as the Industrial Networking Kit (INK) from Terasic. Table 1 shows a list of Altera’s industrial networking partners and the real-time Ethernet IP they support on the Cyclone IV E INK. For a full listing of IP that each partner supports on various Cyclone series FPGAs, please refer to Table 2 on Altera's Industrial Networking web page.
This Cyclone IV E development kit is based on the Terasic DE2-115 FPGA board (shown in Figure 2) with dual 10/100/1000-Mbps Ethernet, 128-MB SDRAM, 8-MB flash memory, 2-MB SRAM, security EEPROM (for the EtherCAT slave ID), HSMC and GPIO connectors, toggle switches and buttons, status LEDs, and a 16x2 character display, along with USB 2.0, SD card slot, audio, and video capabilities. The INK includes the ICB-HSMC board, which expands the DE2-115 board functionality with support for dual CAN, dual RS-485, and RS-232 (and Profibus) interfaces with both DB-9 connectors and 10-pin headers. The INK comes with Quartus® II software, an INK system CD, and a quick-start guide to get you up and running with the hardware.