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Spartan-3 Board (RETIRED)

This product has been retired and is no longer for sale.

Spartan-3 Board (RETIRED)

This product has been retired and is no longer for sale.

Product Description

The Spartan®-3 Starter Board provides a powerful, self-contained development platform for designs targeting the Spartan-3 FPGA from Xilinx®. It features a 200K gate Spartan-3, on-board I/O devices, and 1MB fast asyncronous SRAM, making it the perfect platform to experiment with any new design, from a simple logic circuit to an embedded processor core. 

The board also contains a Platform Flash JTAG-programmable ROM, so designs can easily be made non-volatile. The Spartan-3 Starter Board is fully compatible with all versions of the Xilinx ISE® tools, including the free WebPACK™. The board ships with a power supply, and you can add a programming cable from the associated category. 

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The Spartan-3 Board is a legacy product and is no longer supported by Xilinx's newer tool sets. As a result we will no longer be producing the board, and once current stock is depleted there will be no more. The recommended replacement board is Nexys 4. 


Processor/IC: Xilinx Spartan-3 FPGA, 1000K gates


  • Three 40-pin expansion connectors
  • VGA
  • RS-232
  • PS/2

Programming: JTAG programmable with parallel or USB cables; on-board platform flash


  • Xilinx Spartan-3 FPGA w/ twelve 18-bit multipliers, 216Kbits of block RAM, and up to 500 MHz internal clock speeds
  • On-board 2Mbit Platform Flash (XCF02S)
  • 8 slide switches, 4 pushbuttons, 9 LEDs, and 4-digit seven-segment display
  • Serial port, VGA port, and PS/2 mouse/keyboard port
  • Three 40-pin expansion connectors
  • Three high-current voltage regulators (3.3V, 2.5V, and 1.2V)
  • Works with Digilent's JTAG3, JTAG USB, and JTAG USB Full Speed cables, as well as P4 & MultiPRO cables from Xilinx
  • 1Mbyte on-board 10ns SRAM (256Kb x 32)




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