Mars Starter

Base Board for Mars Modules

Mars Starter Base Board Mars Starter Base Board (Front)
Mars Starter Base Board (Back)


This product is deprecated, and no longer available.


The Mars Starter board is equipped with a multitude of I/O interfaces for use with the Mars family of FPGA modules. The board is equally well suited for rapid prototyping and for building low-quantity FPGA systems without building custom hardware.

The board can also be used for production flashing of Mars modules or for educational purposes.

Build your FPGA system in minutes and start taking advantage of the powerful FPGA technology by using one of the Mars Starter Kits.



  • Works with all Mars FPGA modules
  • Suitable for prototyping and low-volume series production
  • Small solution size (160x90 mm)
  • I/O interfaces for almost all applications
  • DC input or USB powered


  • High-Speed FPGA and flash programming over USB from a host PC
  • USB to FPGA communication available in UART, SPI or FIFO modes
  • 5 differential pairs per HDMI connector usable for various high-speed I/O applications
  • I/O extension capability through two robust I/O extension connectors
  • Access of USB memory sticks, USB printers, etc. due to the dual USB host interface


  • Mars 200-pin SO-DIMM connector
  • Dual Ethernet RJ45 connectors
  • FTDI USB 2.0 High-Speed device
  • FTDI Vinculum-II USB host controller
  • Dual HDMI 1.4 connectors (for display or LVDS applications)
  • 1 Mbps CAN transceiver
  • microSD card slot (user I/Os only, booting not supported)
  • Dual general purpose I/O connectors
  • 4 Digilent PMOD interfaces
  • 4 Push-buttons, 4 LEDs
  • Battery holder for real-time clock
  • Single 12V supply voltage (power supply not included)

Please note that the available features depend on the equipped Mars FPGA module.

Board Architecture

Mars Starter Board ArchitectureClick image to enlarge

Product Selection Matrix

Product CodeSupported Mars FPGA ModulesTemperature RangeStatus
MA-STA-C MA-MX1, MA-MX2, MA-AX3, MA-ZX3, MA-CA4* 0..+70°C Contact us

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*This product is in development, and will be available in the near future.

Key: in-stock Mass production limited-quantities Sampling contact-us Contact us

Target Applications

  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Industrial Automation
  • Embedded Computing
  • Communications
  • Digital Signal Processing

Related Products

  • Mars MX1 FPGA Module more
  • Mars MX2 FPGA Module more
  • Enclustra Mars Starter Kits more



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