The 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.
You can use the USB-Blaster download cable to download configuration data to the following Altera 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
You can perform 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 5.0-V TTL, 3.3-V LVTTL/LVCMOS, and single-ended I/O standards from 1.5 V to 3.3 V.