What USB Blaster cable?

Hello,

I want to use an USB Blaster cable for rapid FPGA prototyping on the MPS2+. 

The cables differ very much in price.  Is it recommended to buy an original Altera for over 200 Euro or can I use a cheaper nonamee one?

Could you please recommend a cable and an distributor (I am living in Germany) ?

Best regards,

Rainer

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  • Hi Rainer,

    For MPS2/MPS2+ there is no need to use USB Blaster cable.  The board has a microcontroller and a microSD card on it, and when the board is connected to a computer with USB, it appear as a USB mass storage device. You can then copy the FPGA image to the board (microSD card), restart, and the microcontroller will take the FPGA image and program it to the FPGA.

    regards,

    Joseph

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  • Hi Rainer,

    For MPS2/MPS2+ there is no need to use USB Blaster cable.  The board has a microcontroller and a microSD card on it, and when the board is connected to a computer with USB, it appear as a USB mass storage device. You can then copy the FPGA image to the board (microSD card), restart, and the microcontroller will take the FPGA image and program it to the FPGA.

    regards,

    Joseph

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