Altera / Intel USB-Blaster Download Cable

Altera USB-Blaster™ Download Cable interfaces a USB port on a host computer to an Altera FPGA mounted on a printed circuit board. The cable sends configuration data from the PC to a standard 10-pin header connected to the FPGA. You can use the USB-Blaster cable to iteratively download configuration data to a system during prototyping or to program data into the system during production.


  • Drives configuration or programming data from the PC to configure or program Intel FPGA devices
  • RoHS and USB Full-Speed compliant
  • Supports standard Full-Speed USB PC ports
  • Supported Devices
    • Stratix® series FPGAs
    • Cyclone® series FPGAs
    • MAX® series CPLDs
    • Arria® GX series FPGAs
    • APEX™ series FPGAs
    • ACEX® 1K FPGAs
    • Mercury™ FPGAs
    • FLEX 10K® series FPGAs
    • Excalibur™ FPGAs

Allows in-system programming of the following devices:

  • Altera configuration devices including EPC2 devices
  • Enhanced configuration devices including EPC4, EPC8, and EPC16 devices
  • Serial configuration devices including EPCS1, EPCS4, EPCS16, EPCS64, and EPCS128 devices
  • In addition, you can perform SignalTap® II logic analysis
  • The USB-Blaster download cable supports target systems using 5.0V TTL, 3.3V LVTTL/LVCMOS, and single-ended I/O standards from 1.5V to 3.3V

Power Requirements

The USB-Blaster download cable requires the following power sources:

  • 5.0V from the USB cable
  • Between 1.5V and 5.0 V from the target circuit board

Software Requirements

The USB-Blaster download cable is only available for Windows 2000, Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit), UNIX, and all Linux platforms such as Red Hat Enterprise 4, Red Hat Enterprise 5, CentOS 4/5, and SUSE Linux Enterprise 9.

Publicado: 2013-05-13 | Actualizado: 2022-03-11