Arrow DECA Board With Intel’s MAX 10 FPGA Now Sells For $37

Arrow DECA Board With Intel’s MAX 10 FPGA Now Sells For $37


A few years ago, when the Arrow DECA development board was introduced with Altera’s MAX 10 FPGA, the board was offered for $169. Later on, Intel purchased the Altera FPGA business and the price of the board reduced to $65. The price has now dropped tremendously again and the board can now be purchased for just $37.

DECA features the Intel MAX® 10 FPGA with on-chip-RAM, user flash memory, and a high-speed DDR3 external memory. The board also comes with a wide range of sensors such as gesture, proximity, and ambient light, humidity and temperature, and accelerometer, as well as interfaces connecting to 10/100 Ethernet, USB2.0 OTG, SDHC, HDMI, and MIPI CSI-2. All these are targeted towards making the board exciting for many applications.

DECA is expandable via a BeagleBone compatible I/O expansion header and also supports the new Arrow BLE / WIFI Beaglebone cape.

DECA is perfect for system management, I/O expansion, communication control planes, industrial, automotive, and consumer applications. With this board, you can enjoy the power of tremendous re-configurability together with low-power high-performance FPGA.

Specifications of the Arrow DECA development board include:

  • Intel MAX 10 FPGA (10M50DAF484C6G) with 50,000 logic elements, 1,638 Kbit block memory, 5,888 Kbits user flash memory, 4x PLLs (phase-locked loops)
  • 512MB DDR3 SDRAM
  • 64MB QSPI Flash
  • 1x MicroSD card socket
  • HDMI v1.4 including 3D video support
  • 24-bit audio CODEC with line-in, line-out jacks
  • MIPI connect for camera module
  • 10/100M Ethernet (RJ45)
  • 1x Mini USB 2.0 port
  • Proximity/ambient light sensor
  • Humidity & temperature sensor
  • Temperature sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • 2x BeagleBone Black compatible headers
  • 360x General Purpose Input/Output
  • 2x ADC SMA inputs
  • 3x 50MHz clock sources from the clock generator
  • Mini USB-Blaster II onboard for programming; JTAG Mode
  • 2x CapSense buttons
  • 2x push-buttons
  • 2x slide switches
  • 8x blue user LEDs
  • 5V DC via power barrel jack


Asides from the fact that the board will now be sold for $37, members of the ArrowPerks loyalty program will also be considered for a fast free shipping scheme. The DECA development board will be shipped together with one Ethernet cable, two USB cables, a 5V DC power adapter, and a quick starter guide to help with getting started without much fuss.

The company also states that the board will support Linux now unlike when it initially required a PC running Windows 7 or greater with 4GB RAM, Intel Core i3 processor, and around 20GB of free hard disk space to run Quartus II IDE.

More details including datasheet, schematics, user manual online workshop documentation can be found on this website.

About Emmanuel Odunlade

Hardware Design Engineer | #IoT Consultant |All things #ML | Entrepreneur | Serial Writer | Passionate about Innovation and technology as tools for solving problems in developing countries. Spare time is spent around writing and advocacy for the growth of the Maker/DIY Culture in Africa.

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