USB-Blaster Cable User Guide
USB-Blaster Download Cable
User Guide
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Contents
Chapter 1. Setting Up the USB-Blaster Download Cable
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–1
Supported Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–1
Power Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–1
Software Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–2
Hardware Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–2
Software Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–3
Installing the USB-Blaster Driver on Windows 2000 and Windows XP Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–4
Installing the USB-Blaster Driver on Windows Vista Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–4
Installing the USB-Blaster Driver on Linux . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–5
Setting Up the USB-Blaster Hardware in the Quartus II Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1–6
Chapter 2. USB-Blaster Specifications
Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2–1
USB-Blaster Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2–1
Voltage Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2–1
Cable-to-Board Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2–2
USB-Blaster Plug Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2–3
Circuit Board Header Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2–4
Operating Conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2–5
USB-Revision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2–7
Statement of China-RoHS Compliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2–8
References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2–8
Additional Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . About–1
Revision History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . About–1
How to Contact Altera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . About–2
Typographic Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . About–2
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Figure 1–1: The USB-Blaster Download Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Figure 1–2: Hardware Setup Dialog Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Figure 2–1: USB-Blaster Block Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Figure 2–2: USB-Blaster Dimension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Figure 2–3: USB-Blaster 10-Pin Female Plug Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Figure 2–4: 10-Pin Male Header Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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List of Tables
Table 1–1: Programming Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Table 2–1: USB-Blaster VCC(TRGT) Pin Voltage Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Table 2–2: USB-Blaster Female Plug Signal Names & Programming Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Table 2–3: USB-Blaster Cable Absolute Maximum Ratings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Table 2–4: USB-Blaster Cable Recommended Operating Conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Table 2–5: USB-Blaster Cable (Rev. A & B) DC Operating Conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Table 2–6: USB-Blaster Cable (Rev. C) DC Operating Conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Table 2–7: USB-Revision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Table 2–8: Table of Hazardous Substances’ Name and Concentration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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1. Setting Up the USB-Blaster Download
Cable
Introduction
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.
Supported Devices
You can use the USB-Blaster download cable to download configuration data to the
following Altera devices:
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Stratix® series FPGAs
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Cyclone® series FPGAs
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MAX® series CPLDs
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Arria® GX series FPGAs
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APEX™ series FPGAs
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ACEX® 1K FPGAs
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Mercury™ FPGAs
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FLEX 10K® series FPGAs
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Excalibur™ FPGAs
You can perform in-system programming of the following devices:
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Altera configuration devices including EPC2 devices.
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Enhanced configuration devices including EPC4, EPC8, and EPC16 devices.
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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.
Power Requirements
The USB-Blaster download cable requires the following power sources:
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5.0 V from the USB cable
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Between 1.5 V and 5.0 V from the target circuit board
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Software Requirements
The USB-Blaster download cable is only available for Windows 2000, Windows XP
(32-bit and 64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit), UNIX and all Linux plaforms
such as Red Hat Enterprise 4, Red Hat Enterprise 5, CentOS 4/5, and SUSE Linux
Enterprise 9.
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For Quartus operating system support, refer Operating System Support.
Use the Quartus® II software version 4.0 or later to configure your device. The
USB-Blaster download cable also supports the following:
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Quartus II Programmer (for programming and configuration)
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Quartus II SignalTap® II Logic Analyzer (for logic analysis)
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Quartus II Programmer (standalone version)
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Quartus II SignalTap II logic analyzer (standalone version)
Hardware Setup
This section describes how to install and set up the USB-Blaster download cable for
device configuration or programming.
1
For plug and header dimensions, pin names, and operating conditions, see Chapter 2,
USB-Blaster Specifications.
Connect your USB-Blaster download cable to the circuit board as instructed below.
1. Disconnect the power cable from the circuit board.
2. Connect the USB cable to the USB port on your PC and to the USB-Blaster port.
3. Connect the USB-Blaster download cable to the 10-pin header on the device board.
Figure 1–1 shows the USB-Blaster download cable and the circuit board connector.
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To avoid damaging the USB-Blaster cable, first unplug the cable from the 10-pin
header on the target board before unplugging the cable from the USB port on your
PC. It is safest to remove power first from the target board before unplugging the
USB-Blaster cable. For more information, refer to USB Blaster errata sheet.
Figure 1–1. The USB-Blaster Download Cable
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PIN1
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SID
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10-pin Female Connector
(connects to target printed
circuit board 10-pin male
header)
4. Reconnect the power cable to reapply power to the circuit board.
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The Found New Hardware wizard may open and prompt you to install a
new hardware driver. Close the wizard and install the hardware driver
using the instructions provided in “Software Setup” on page 1–3.
Software Setup
This section describes the following:
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“Installing the USB-Blaster Driver on Windows 2000 and Windows XP Systems”
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“Installing the USB-Blaster Driver on Windows Vista Systems”
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“Installing the USB-Blaster Driver on Linux”
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“Setting Up the USB-Blaster Hardware in the Quartus II Software”
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Installing the USB-Blaster Driver on Windows 2000 and Windows XP Systems
This section describes how to install the USB-Blaster driver on Windows 2000 and
Windows XP systems.
Before you begin the installation, verify the USB-Blaster driver is located in your
directory: \<Quartus II system directory>\drivers\usb-blaster
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If the driver is not in your directory, download the USB-Blaster driver from
the Altera web site: www.altera.com/support/software/drivers
To install the driver, follow the directions below:
1. Plug in the USB-Blaster download cable to the PC.
2. On the Found New Hardware Wizard window, click No, not this time and then
click Next to continue.
3. Select Install from a list of specific location (Advanced) and click Next to
continue.
4. Select Don’t search. I will choose the driver to install. Click Next.
5. Select Sound, video and game controllers, and click Next to continue.
6. Select Have Disk and browse to the location of the driver on your system:
\<Quartus II system directory>\drivers\usb-blaster. Click OK.
7. Select Altera USB-Blaster and click Next to continue.
8. Click Next to install the driver.
9. Click Continue Anyway when the Hardware Installation warning appears.
10. Click Finish in the Completing the Add/Remove Hardware Wizard window.
Reboot your system.
Installing the USB-Blaster Driver on Windows Vista Systems
This section describes how to install the USB-Blaster driver on Windows Vista
systems.
Before you begin the installation, verify that the USB-Blaster driver is located in your
directory: \<Quartus II system directory>\drivers\usb-blaster
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If the driver is not in your directory, download the USB-Blaster driver from the Altera
web site: www.altera.com/support/software/drivers
To install the driver, follow the directions below:
1. Plug in the USB-Blaster download cable to the PC.
2. On the Found New Hardware Wizard window, click Locate and install driver
software to continue.
3. On the Found New Hardware - USB-Blaster window, click I don't have the disk.
Show me other options to continue.
4. Click Browse my computer for driver software to continue.
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5. Click Browse… and browse to the location of the driver on your system:
\<Quartus II system directory>\drivers\usb-blaster. Click OK.
6. Click Next to install the driver.
7. Click Install this driver software anyway when the Hardware Installation
warning appears.
8. Click Close when the driver installation is completed. Reboot your system.
Installing the USB-Blaster Driver on Linux
This section describes how to install the USB-Blaster driver on Linux.
The Quartus II software uses the built-in USB drivers (usbfs) on RedHat Linux to
access the USB-Blaster download cable. By default, root is the only user allowed to use
usbfs. You must change the permission on the ports before you can use the
USB-Blaster download cable to program devices with the Quartus II software.
You must have system administration (root) privileges to configure the USB-Blaster
download cable drivers.
For Red Hat Enterprise 4 and earlier versions
1. Add the following lines to the /etc/hotplug/usb.usermap file.
#
# Altera USB-Blaster
#
usbblaster 0x03 0x09fb 0x6001 0x0 0x0 0x0 0x0 0x0 0x0 0x0 0x0 0x0
usbblaster 0x03 0x09fb 0x6002 0x0 0x0 0x0 0x0 0x0 0x0 0x0 0x0 0x0
usbblaster 0x03 0x09fb 0x6003 0x0 0x0 0x0 0x0 0x0 0x0 0x0 0x0 0x0
2. Create a file named /etc/hotplug/usb/usbblaster and add the following lines to it.
#!/bin/sh
# USB-Blaster hotplug script
# Allow any user to access the cable
chmod 666 $DEVICE
3. Make the file executable.
4. Complete your installation by setting up the programming hardware in the
Quartus II software as described in the following section.
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For Red Hat Enterprise 5
1.
Create a file named /etc/udev/rules.d/51-usbblaster.rules and add the following
lines to it. Take note that after #USB-Blaster, all code must be in one line.
# USB-Blaster
BUS=="usb", SYSFS{idVendor}=="09fb", SYSFS{idProduct}=="6001",
MODE="0666", PROGRAM="/bin/sh -c 'K=%k; K=$${K#usbdev}; printf
/proc/bus/usb/%%03i/%%03i $${K%%%%.*} $${K#*.}'", RUN+="/bin/chmod 0666
%c"
2. Complete your installation by setting up the programming hardware in the
Quartus II software as described in the “Setting Up the USB-Blaster Hardware in
the Quartus II Software”.
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For more information about USB-Blaster driver installation, refer to
www.altera.com/support/software/drivers.
Setting Up the USB-Blaster Hardware in the Quartus II Software
Use the following steps to set up the USB-Blaster hardware in the Quartus II software:
1. Start the Quartus II software.
2. Choose Programmer (Tools menu).
3. Click Hardware Setup. The Hardware Settings tab of the Hardware Setup dialog
box is displayed (Figure 1–2).
Figure 1–2. Hardware Setup Dialog Box
4. From the drop-down menu, select USB-Blaster [USB-0] (Figure 1–2).
5. Click Close to close the Hardware Setup dialog box.
6. In the Mode list, select the desired mode (Programmer window). Table 1–1
describes each mode.
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The USB-Blaster supports the Joint Test Action Group (JTAG), Passive Serial
Programming, and Active Serial modes.
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Mode Description
Joint Test Action
Group (JTAG)
Programs or configures all Altera devices supported by Quartus II
software, excluding FLEX 6000 and EPCS serial configuration devices.
In-Socket
Programming
Not supported by the USB-Blaster.
Passive Serial
Programming
Configures all Altera devices supported by Quartus II software excluding
MAX 3000, MAX 7000, MAX II, EPC enhanced configuration devices, and
EPCS serial configuration devices.
Active Serial
Programming
Programs a single EPCS1, EPCS4, EPCS16, EPCS64, or EPCS128 serial
configuration device.
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For details about programming devices and creating secondary programming files,
see the Programming & Configuration chapter of the Introduction to Quartus II Handbook.
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For details about the Quartus II Programmer, refer to the Quartus II Programmer
chapter in volume 3 of the Quartus II Handbook.
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For more information, refer to the Programming module of the Quartus II software
online tutorial and the following topics in the Quartus II Help:
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Changing the Hardware Setup
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Programmer Introduction
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Overview: Working with Chain Description Files
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Overview: Converting Programming Files
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2. USB-Blaster Specifications
Overview
This chapter provides comprehensive information about the USB-Blaster™ download
cable including the following:
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“USB-Blaster Connections” on page 2–1
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“Voltage Requirements” on page 2–1
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“Cable-to-Board Connection” on page 2–2
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“USB-Blaster Plug Connection” on page 2–3
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“Circuit Board Header Connection” on page 2–4
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“Operating Conditions” on page 2–5
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“USB-Revision” on page 2–7
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“Statement of China-RoHS Compliance” on page 2–8
USB-Blaster Connections
The USB-Blaster cable has a USB universal plug that connects to the PC USB port, and
a 10-pin female plug that connects to the circuit board. Data is downloaded from the
USB port on the PC through the USB-Blaster cable to the circuit board via the
connections discussed in this section.
Voltage Requirements
The USB-Blaster VCC(TRGT) pin must be connected to a specific voltage for the
device being programmed. Connect pull-up resistors to the same power supply as the
USB-Blaster VCC(TRGT). See Table 2–1.
Table 2–1. USB-Blaster VCC(TRGT) Pin Voltage Requirements (Part 1 of 2)
Device Family
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MAX II devices
As specified by VCCIO of Bank 1
MAX 7000S device
5V
MAX 7000AE and
MAX 3000A devices
3.3 V
MAX 7000B devices
2.5 V
Arria II GX devices
As specified by VCCPD or VCCIO of Bank 8C
Stratix III and
Stratix IV devices
As specified by VCCPGM or VCCPD
Cyclone® III devices
As specified by VCCA or VCCIO
Stratix II, Stratix,
Stratix II GX, Stratix
GX, and Arria GX
devices
As specified by VCCSEL
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Table 2–1. USB-Blaster VCC(TRGT) Pin Voltage Requirements (Part 2 of 2)
Device Family
USB-Blaster VCC Voltage Required
Cyclone II, Cyclone,
APEX II, APEX 20K,
and Mercury devices
As specified by VCCIO
FLEX 10K, FLEX 8000,
and FLEX 6000
devices
5V
FLEX 10KE device
2.5 V
FLEX 10KA and FLEX
6000A devices
3.3 V
EPC2 devices
5 V or 3.3 V
EPC4, EPC8, and
EPC16 devices
3.3 V
EPCS1, EPCS4,
EPCS16, EPCS64, and
EPCS128 devices
3.3 V
Cable-to-Board Connection
A standard USB cable connects to the USB port on the device. Figure 2–1 shows a
block diagram of the USB-Blaster download cable.
Figure 2–1. USB-Blaster Block Diagram
USBVCC
VCC
USB
Receptacle
USB Interface
Chip
EPM7064AETC44
Voltage Translator
Circuitry
Pin 1
10-Pin
Female Plug
VCC (TRGT)
I/O
I/Os
I/O
I/O
I/Os
I/O
I/O
I/O
I/O
I/O
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USB-Blaster Plug Connection
The 10-pin female plug connects to a 10-pin male header on the circuit board
containing the target device. Figure 2–2 shows the dimensions of the USB-Blaster, and
Figure 2–3 shows the dimension of the female plug.
Figure 2–2. USB-Blaster Dimension
0.5 (1)
7.5 (1)
2.5
1.0
2.0
Dimensions are shown in inches.
Note to Figure 2–2:
(1) For Rev. B and Rev. C.
Figure 2–3. USB-Blaster 10-Pin Female Plug Dimensions
0.425 Typ.
10
8
6
4
2
9
7
5
3
1
0.250 Typ.
0.100 Sq.
0.025 Sq.
0.700 Typ.
Dimensions are shown in inches. Spacing between pin centers is 0.1 inches.
Table 2–2 identifies the 10-pin female plug pin names and the corresponding
programming mode.
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Table 2–2. USB-Blaster Female Plug Signal Names & Programming Modes
AS Mode
PS Mode
JTAG Mode
Pin
Signal Name
Description
Signal Name
Description
Signal Name
Description
1
DCLK
Clock signal
DCLK
Clock signal
TCK
Clock signal
2
GND
Signal ground
GND
Signal ground
GND
Signal ground
3
CONF_DONE
Configuration done
CONF_DONE
Configuration done
TDO
Data from device
4
VCC(TRGT) Target power supply
VCC(TRGT)
Target power
supply
VCC(TRGT)
Target power supply
5
nCONFIG
Configuration
control
nCONFIG
Configuration
control
TMS
JTAG state machine
control
6
nCE
Cyclone chip enable
—
No connect
—
No connect
7
DATAOUT
Active serial data
out
nSTATUS
Configuration
status
—
No connect
8
nCS
Serial configuration
device chip select
—
No connect
—
No connect
9
ASDI
Active serial data in
DATA0
Data to device
TDI
Data to device
10
GND
Signal ground
GND
Signal ground
GND
Signal ground
1
The circuit board must supply VCC(TRGT) and ground to the USB-Blaster
cable for the I/O drivers.
Circuit Board Header Connection
The circuit board's 10-pin male header, which connects to the USB-Blaster cable's
10-pin female plug, has two rows of five pins. These pins are connected to the device’s
programming or configuration pins. Figure 2–4 shows the dimensions of a typical
10-pin male header.
1
Although a 10-pin surface mount header can be used for the JTAG, AS or PS
download cable, Altera recommends using a through-hole connector because of the
repeated insertion and removal force needed.
Figure 2–4. 10-Pin Male Header Dimensions
Top View
Side View
0.100
0.100
0.025 S
Dimensions are shown in inches
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Operating Conditions
Table 2–3 through Table 2–5 summarize the maximum ratings, recommended operating
conditions, and DC operating conditions for the USB-Blaster cable.
Table 2–3. USB-Blaster Cable Absolute Maximum Ratings
Symbol
Parameter
Conditions
Min
Max
Unit
VCC(TRGT)
Target supply voltage
With respect to
ground
–0.3
5.5
V
VCC(USB)
USB supply voltage
With respect to
ground
–0.5
6.0
V
II
Input current
TDO or
dataout
–10.0
10.0
mA
Io
Output current for Rev. A and
Rev. B cable
TCK, TMS,
TDI, nCS,
nCE
–20.0
20.0
mA
–50.0
50.0
mA
Output current for Rev. C cable
Table 2–4. USB-Blaster Cable Recommended Operating Conditions
Symbol
Parameter
VCC(TRGT)
Conditions
Min
Max
Unit
Target supply voltage,
5.0-V operation
—
4.75
5.25
V
Target supply voltage,
3.3-V operation
—
3.0
3.6
V
Target supply voltage,
2.5-V operation
—
2.375
2.625
V
Target supply voltage,
1.8-V operation
—
1.71
1.89
V
Target supply voltage,
1.5-V operation (1)
—
1.43
1.57
V
Note to Table 2–4:
(1) This operating condition can be applicable to USB-Blaster Cable (Rev. A & B)
Table 2–5. USB-Blaster Cable (Rev. A & B) DC Operating Conditions
Symbol
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Parameter
Conditions
Min
VCC(TRGT) –0.2
VIH
High-level input
voltage
—
VIL
Low-level input
voltage
—
Max
Unit
V
0.15
V
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Table 2–5. USB-Blaster Cable (Rev. A & B) DC Operating Conditions
Symbol
VOH
VOL
ICC(TRGT)
Parameter
Conditions
Min
Max
Unit
5.0-V high-level
output voltage
VCC(TRGT) = 4.5 V, IOH = 1 mA
4.4
V
3.3-V high-level
output voltage
VCC(TRGT) = 3.0 V, IOH = 1 mA
2.9
V
2.5-V high-level
output voltage
VCC(TRGT) = 2.375 V,
IOH = 1 mA
2.275
V
1.8-V high-level
output voltage
VCC(TRGT) = 1.71 V, IOH = 1 mA
1.61
V
1.5-V high-level
output voltage
VCC(TRGT) = 1.43 V, IOH = 1 mA
1.33
V
5.0-V low-level
output voltage
VCC(TRGT) = 5.5 V, IOL = 1 mA
0.125
V
3.3-V low-level
output voltage
VCC(TRGT) = 3.6 V, IOL = 1 mA
0.125
V
2.5-V low-level
output voltage
VCC(TRGT) = 2.625 V, IOL = 1 mA
0.125
V
1.8-V low-level
output voltage
VCC(TRGT) = 1.89 V, IOL = 1 mA
0.125
V
1.5-V low-level
output voltage
VCC(TRGT) = 1.57 V, IOL = 1 mA
0.125
V
Operating current
(No Load)
(Typical ICC(TRGT) = 16 uA)
100
uA
Max
Unit
Table 2–6. USB-Blaster Cable (Rev. C) DC Operating Conditions
Symbol
VIH
Parameter
Conditions
High-level input voltage VCC(TRGT) >= 2.0 V
VCC(TRGT) < 2.0 V
VIL
VOH
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Low-level input voltage
Min
2.0
V
VCC(TRGT)
V
VCC(TRGT) >= 2.0 V
0.8
V
VCC(TRGT) < 2.0 V
0
V
5.0-V high-level output
voltage
VCC(TRGT) = 4.5 V, IOH = -10 mA
3.8
V
3.3-V high-level output
voltage
VCC(TRGT) = 3.0 V, IOH = -8 mA
2.3
V
2.5-V high-level output
voltage
VCC(TRGT) = 2.375 V, IOH = -6 mA
1.8
V
1.8-V high-level output
voltage
VCC(TRGT) = 1.71 V, IOH = -4 mA
1.2
V
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Table 2–6. USB-Blaster Cable (Rev. C) DC Operating Conditions
Symbol
VOL
ICC(TRGT)
Parameter
Conditions
5.0-V low-level output
voltage
Min
Max
Unit
VCC(TRGT) = 5.5 V, IOL = 10 mA
0.8
V
3.3-V low-level output
voltage
VCC(TRGT) = 3.6 V, IOL = 8 mA
0.7
V
2.5-V low-level output
voltage
VCC(TRGT) = 2.625 V, IOL = 6 mA
0.6
V
1.8-V low-level output
voltage
VCC(TRGT) = 1.89 V, IOL = 4 mA
0.5
V
Operating current (No
Load)
(Typical ICC(TRGT) = 16 uA)
100
uA
USB-Revision
Table 2–7 indicates the revision and description of the USB-Blaster.
Table 2–7. USB-Revision
Revision
RoHS Compliant
Descriptions
Rev. A (1)
10-pin female connector is connected to the USB-Blaster
through a ribbon cable.
No
Rev. B
10-pin female connector is connected to the USB-Blaster
through a flexible PCB cable.
No
Rev. C
Hardware upgrade to meet the RoHS lead-free
requirement. 10-pin female connector is connected to the
USB-Blaster through a flexible PCB cable.
Yes
Note to Table 2–7:
(1) Revision B and Revision C cable has a "Rev. B" and "Rev. C" marking on the casing. However, you can identify the
Revision A cable if the cable is using a ribbon cable and does not have the revision marking.
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Statement of China-RoHS Compliance
Statement of China-RoHS Compliance
Table 2–8 lists hazardous substances included with the USB-Blaster download cable
(Rev. C).
Table 2–8. Table of Hazardous Substances’ Name and Concentration
(Note 1)
Hexavalent
Chromium Mercury Polybrominated
(Cr6+)
(Hg)
biphenyls (PBB)
Polybrominated
diphenyl Ethers
(PBDE)
Lead
(Pb)
Cadmium
(Cd)
Electronic
Components
0
0
0
0
0
0
Populated
Circuit Board
0
0
0
0
0
0
Manufacturing
Process
0
0
0
0
0
0
Packing
0
0
0
0
0
0
Part Name
Note to Table 2–8:
(1) 0 indicates that the concentration of the hazardous substance in all homogeneous materials in the parts is below
the relevant threshold of the SJ/T11363-2006 standard.
References
For more information on configuration and in-system programmability (ISP), see the
following sources:
■
AN 39: IEEE 1149.1 (JTAG) Boundary-Scan Testing in Altera Devices
■
AN 95: In-System Programmability in MAX Devices
■
Configuring Arria GX Devices chapter in volume 2 of the Arria GX Device Handbook
■
Configuring Cyclone FPGAs chapter in the Cyclone Device Handbook
■
Configuring Cyclone II Devices chapter in the Cyclone II Device Handbook
■
Configuring Cyclone III Devices chapter in volume 1 of the Cyclone III Device
Handbook
■
Configuring Stratix and Stratix GX Devices chapter in the Stratix Device Handbook
■
Configuring Stratix II and Stratix II GX Devices chapter in volume 2 of the Stratix II
Device Handbook
■
Configuring Stratix III Devices chapter in volume 1 of the Stratix III Device Handbook
■
In-System Programmability Guidelines for MAX II Devices chapter in the MAX II
Device Handbook
■
Programming & Configuration chapter in the Introduction to the Quartus II Software
manual
■
Quartus II Programmer chapter in volume 3 of the Quartus II Handbook
■
Serial Configuration Devices (EPCS1, EPCS4, EPCS16, EPCS64, and EPCS128) Data
Sheet chapter in the Configuration Handbook
■
Programming module of the Quartus® II online tutorial
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■
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Refer to the following glossary definitions in the Quartus II Help:
■
“USB-Blaster Cable” (general description)
■
“Configuration scheme” (general description)
■
“Programming files” (general description)
Refer to the following procedures in the Quartus II Help:
■
Programming a Single Device or Multiple Devices in JTAG or Passive Serial
Mode
■
Programming a Single Device in Active Serial Programming Mode
Refer to the following introduction and overview topics in the Quartus II Help:
■
Programmer Introduction
■
Overview: Working with Chain Description Files
■
Overview: Converting Programming Files
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Additional Information
Revision History
The following table shows the revision history for this user guide.
Date
Version
April 2009
2.5
April 2008
2.4
May 2007
2.3
March 2007
2.2
Changes Made
■
Updated “Supported Devices” section
■
Updated “Software Requirements”
■
Deleted handnote in “Installing the USB-Blaster Driver on Windows Vista Systems”
■
Updated Table 2–1
■
Added a handnote in “Circuit Board Header Connection”
■
Updated Table 2–5
■
Added “Statement of China-RoHS Compliance”
■
Added Table 2–8
■
Added “Installing the USB-Blaster Driver on Windows Vista Systems”
■
Updated “Introduction”
■
Added warning note about USB-Blaster cable in “Hardware Setup” section
■
Added information on Linux setup in “Installing the USB-Blaster Driver on Linux” section
■
Added feetpara note on driver information just before the “Setting Up the USB-Blaster
Hardware in the Quartus II Software” section
■
Updated USB-Blaster installation procedure for QII 6.1 (32-bit or 64-bit) in “Installing the
USB-Blaster Driver on Windows 2000 and Windows XP Systems” section
Update to “Installing the USB-Blaster Driver on Windows 2000 and Windows XP Systems”
section
July 2006
2.1
Minor update to Chapter 2, USB-Blaster Specifications
June 2006
2.0
Added “Revision History” section, updated Figure 2–1, Table 2–1, and Table 2–7. Added
Table 2–6
December 2004
Update to conditions in Table 2–2
November 2004
1.1
Re-release
July 2004
1.0
First publication
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Address
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Website
www.altera.com/support
Technical training
Website
www.altera.com/training
Email
[email protected]
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Email
[email protected]
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Email
[email protected]
(Software Licensing)
Email
[email protected]
Note:
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