FPGA Development Board with AMD-Xilinx Spartan 3

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XC3S1200E, 32-MiB, 4-Mb Flash
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The Opal Kelly XEM3005-1200M32P is an FPGA development board based on a 1,200,000-gate Xilinx Spartan-3E FPGA.  In addition to a high gate-count FPGA, the XEM3005 utilizes the high transfer rate of USB 2.0 for configuration downloads, enabling an almost instant reprogramming of the FPGA.

FrontPanel™ SDK

Opal Kelly’s FrontPanel SDK is an easy-to-use, robust API for communication, configuration, and interfacing to your PC, Mac or Linux hardware. FrontPanel handles all the interaction between your software and the FPGA internals, dramatically reducing the time and effort required to interface to a design.

FlashPrototyping and OEM Integration

Opal Kelly FPGA integration modules are designed to be the ideal turnkey solution for prototypes and OEM product integration. With the complete FrontPanel SDK, there’s simply no faster, more reliable, production-ready way to jump start your FPGA design.

Block diagram

Block diagram




Integrated 32-MByte SDRAM provides abundant on-board memory for high-performance applications, including image capture and data acquisition.



A 4-Mbit SPI Serial Flash device is included for FPGA configuration or general data storage. An on-board switch lets you choose between USB or Flash for FPGA configuration, enabling full stand-alone operation. USB communication via FrontPanel is available in either mode.



You provide +3.3v and +1.2v power through the expansion connectors or a 0.1" header on-board. This decreases overall system cost by eliminating redundant supplies.



The on-board PLL provides flexible clocking to the FPGA and expansion connectors.

Customer Deployments

  • Test equipment for cell phone manufacturing
  • Evaluation platform for semiconductors
  • Test equipment for infrared camera quality control
  • High throughput screen tools for drug discovery
  • X-ray and gamma-ray radiation detection devices
  • X-ray and gamma-ray radiation detection devices


  • Image or video capture / processing
  • Data acquisition
  • Digital communications
  • High-speed USB/FPGA co-processor
  • Evaluation platform for your product
  • Custom test equipment

Technical Specifications and Support

Features & Specifications

  • Smaller than a credit card at 42mm x 62mm x 7.43mm (1.65" x 2.44" x 0.29")
  • Compact type Mini-B USB connector
  • Xilinx Spartan-3E (XC3S1200E-4FTG256)
  • 4-Mb Serial SPI Flash for configuration storage and standalone operation
  • 32-MB SDRAM (Micron MT48LC16M16).
  • High-speed USB 2.0 interface for configuration and control
  • FrontPanel-3 Firmware
  • Multi-output clock generator (Cypress CY22150)
  • Four LEDs
  • Switch-selectable boot option: Flash or USB
  • Two 80-pin 0.8mm board-to-board connectors (Samtec BSE-040)
  • 67 user I/O, 36 Input and 2 GCLK pins available
  • Independent access to one VCCO bank voltage
  • JTAG pins available on a 2mm header as well as the expansion connectors.
  • Full FrontPanel virtual control panel support.
  • Complete Application Programmer's Interface (API) in C, C++, C#, Ruby, Python, and Java.