Shuttle LX1

FPGA Development Board with AMD-Xilinx Spartan 6

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The Shuttle LX1 was designed as a better semiconductor evaluation platform: a better way for semiconductor companies to showcase their products and a better way for engineers to evaluate them. Quite simply, a better way to engage engineers with the semiconductors they are about to choose for their next great product.

The Shuttle LX1 is the perfect host for value-added semiconductor evaluation of DACs, ADCs, SERDES, communication, and interface devices. With the FrontPanel SDK, semiconductor manufactures can create a richer environment for their customers to evaluate devices. Customers can use the FrontPanel SDK and develop their own FPGA and software interfaces to truly engage the device under evaluation.

The Opal Kelly Shuttle LX1, the world’s smallest FMC (LPC) carrier at 69mm x 50mm, is also great as a general-purpose FMC carrier for many FMC (LPC) devices available. Combining a Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA, high-speed USB 2.0, and the FrontPanel SDK makes FPGA configuration and PC/FPGA integration simple, reliable, and fast so your software can be communicating to standard FMC-based modules quickly.

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

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Virtual interface elements such as buttons, LEDs, and hex displays make cumbersome "I/O Boards" a thing of the past.



78 I/Os and including GCLK and an adjustable voltage bank are available on the FMC (LPC) connector


128 MiB DDR2

Integrated 128-MiByte DDR2 provides plenty of on-board memory for high-performance applications, such as image capture and data acquisition.



The Shuttle LX1 is a self-powered device and includes high-efficiency regulators to operate from a single 5-volt supply.

Customer Deployments

Read about the benefits of using off-the-shelf FPGA modules for semiconductor evaluation boards.

Whitepaper – Semiconductor Evaluation Leveraging COTS FPGAs and Connectors


  • Semiconductor evaluation and testing
  • Rapid hardware prototyping
  • Data acquisition
  • Student / hobbyist FPGA module
  • Custom test equipment
  • Test fixtures

Technical Specifications and Support

Features & Specifications

  • Xilinx Spartan-6 (XC6SLX16-2FGG)
  • Small form-factor -- at 69mm x 50mm, it is smaller than a credit card
  • High-speed USB 2.0 interface for configuration and communication
  • 128-MiByte DDR2 (Micron MT47H64M16HR)
  • Self-powered from a single 5-volt supply
  • Four FPGA-attached LEDs
  • Single FMC low-pin-count connector with Vadj support.
  • JTAG header
  • Full FrontPanel virtual control panel support
  • Transfer rates of up to 36 MBytes/second between the PC and FPGA
  • Complete Application Programmer's Interface (API) in C, C++, C#, Ruby, Python, and Java