Mercury CA1

Altera® Cyclone® IV E FPGA Module

Mercury CA1 FPGA Module Mercury CA1 FPGA Module (front)
Mercury CA1 FPGA Module (back)


The Mercury CA1 module offers high-performance yet low cost Altera Cyclone IV FPGAs in conjunction with standard interfaces like USB 2.0 and Gigabit Ethernet.

With its powerful standard interfaces, the many LVDS capable I/Os, the large DDR2 SDRAM and the many hardware multipliers it is equally suited for digital signal processing, networking, high-speed I/O as well as SoPC applications utilizing the Altera Nios® II soft processor.

The Mercury CA1 FPGA board reduces development effort, redesign risk and improves time-to-market.


  • Features the latest Altera low-cost FPGA family
  • FTDI-based USB 2.0 High-Speed interface
  • Gigabit Ethernet PHY for high-bandwidth/low-latency networking
  • Smaller than a credit card
  • Only requires a single supply voltage (5..15V)


  • Vast amount of parallel processing power for DSP applications (up to 200 multipliers at 260 MHz = 52 GMAC/s)
  • High-bandwidth data I/O due to the large number of available LVDS pairs
  • Simple and low-cost integration due to standard interfaces (USB, Gigabit Ethernet), single supply voltage and 2.5V / 3.3V power outputs
  • Simplified carrier board design (typically 4 layers)
  • Many IP cores are available from Altera, Enclustra and third parties


  • Altera Cyclone IV E FPGA
  • Small form factor (56 x 54 mm, dual 168-pin Hirose FX10 connectors)
  • 25 differential pairs and 98 single-ended user I/Os or 146 single-ended user I/Os (168 with custom configuration)
  • Up to 16 MB SPI Flash
  • Up to 256 MB DDR2 SDRAM
  • FTDI USB 2.0 High-Speed interface
  • Gigabit Ethernet PHY
  • High-power 8A core power supply

Module Architecture

Mercury CA1 Module ArchitectureClick image to enlarge

Product Selection Matrix

Product CodeFPGASPI FlashDDR2 SDRAMGigabit EthernetUSB 2.0Temp. RangeStatus
ME-CA1-30-8C-D7 EP4CE30F23C8N 16MB 128MB 0..+70°C else
ME-CA1-75-8C-D7 EP4CE75F23C8N 16MB 128MB 0..+70°C
ME-CA1-115-8C-D8 EP4CE115F23C8N 16MB 256MB 0..+70°C else
Custom Configurations Click to view custom configuration options
EP4CE 30 F23 C 6 N
  40   I 7 LN
  55     8  




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Minimum order quantities apply for custom module configurations. Please contact us.


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1: For non-preferred configurations, the minimum order quantity (MOQ) only applies if the modules are not in stock – please get in touch for more details.
All prices are non-binding estimates – please use the enquiry form or contact us for definitive pricing and lead-time information.

Base Boards

Select one of these base boards to get started with development straight out of the box.

Base BoardDescription
Mercury+ PE1 A feature-packed board with 3 different variants, compatible with all Mercury and Mercury+ modules.

Reference Design

Mercury CA1 Qsys Reference Design

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The Mercury CA1 reference design consists of the following deliverables:

  • Precompiled FPGA configuration bitstream containing Qsys system featuring the following functional blocks:
    • Nios II CPU
    • DDR2 SDRAM controller
    • SPI master, UART (FTDI), JTAG UART
    • Timer, GPIO
  • Console-based demo applications (including source code and SDK workspace)
    • DDR2 / SPI Flash memory tests
    • UART access
  • Documentation (also explaining how to customize and generate the Qsys system).

Please contact us via email for availability information.

Target Applications

  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Video Processing
  • Audio Processing
  • Motion Control
  • Software Defined Radio
  • Communications
  • Embedded Computing
  • Networking

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