DE0-Nano getting a mini upgrade!

The loveable little DE0-Nano is getting a mini upgrade – courtesy to our friends over at Spansion!

The exact upgrade will be to the EPCS flash memory serial configuration device. The previous part was a 16Mb flash device, but will now be upgraded to a heftier 64Mb device, the S25FL064, from Spansion, which will have the exact same properties as the old Altera EPCS device, but with higher density.

Can you notice the difference?


  • Alex
    July 6, 2012 - 7:15 pm | Permalink

    How can we tell whether the product stocked by some distributor (e.g. Farnell) is the new DE0 Nano with 64 megabit of flash?


  • Allen
    July 10, 2012 - 4:59 pm | Permalink

    The actual 64 Mb flash is not out yet! It will be out at the end of August, so the present DE0-Nano devices will have the Altera EPCS device.

  • miropetrak
    September 14, 2012 - 9:18 pm | Permalink

    hi we had a board with EPCS64 used and everything worked but now with this little upgrade flash programming succeeds but fpga does not load from this flash 🙁

    • Leon
      September 15, 2012 - 5:36 pm | Permalink

      My board has the EPCS64. I have just programmed the flash and the FPGA loads the configuration OK.

      • miropetrak
        September 17, 2012 - 5:19 pm | Permalink

        With EPCS64 it is ok also in our case. I’m still investigating ….

        • miropetrak
          September 17, 2012 - 6:50 pm | Permalink

          Ok problem was with memory clock and wrong pll shift.

    • zzh
      December 25, 2012 - 2:25 am | Permalink

      I also have the same problem with this ‘EPCS64’, Where can I setup software Quartus II 12.1 to make it work ?

  • Leon
    September 15, 2012 - 3:16 pm | Permalink

    My DE0-Nano, recently purchased from Digi-Key, actually has an Altera EPCS64.

  • February 17, 2013 - 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Slightly off topic: any change of seeing a DE0-Nano-like product with a Cyclone V A5 or better? There’s a scarcity of affordable dev kits with useful amounts of block ram. Throw in an FPGA with transceivers (fx. 5CGXBC5) for a killer deal.

    • terasic_allen
      February 26, 2013 - 6:06 pm | Permalink

      yes! though I can’t say much more, sorry 🙂

      • March 16, 2013 - 12:49 pm | Permalink

        Thank you. I’ll continue hitting refresh on, awaiting the news.

        My $0.05: blockram, external memory, and transceivers (in that order) is always what I wish I had more of. Never buttons, switches, LEDs, LCD displays, or other random peripherals, all of which always have no value to me.

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