Mercury FPGA Development Board

Model Specifications Price (USD) Status
ME1B-200M 200K FPGA
4Mbit SRAM
$99 2 week lead time
Designed and Assembled in the USA

Designed and Assembled in the USA


Mercury is available from:
• The MicroNova Store

Technical Specifications

Mercury Block Diagram (click for larger view)

  • Xilinx Spartan-3A FPGA with 200K or 50K equiv. logic gates

  • 50 MHz precision crystal oscillator

  • 1 amp 1.2V and 3.3V voltage regulators

  • USB and JTAG programmable

  • 8 Mbit SPI Flash (up to 1.2Mb reserved for FPGA bitstream)

  • Optional 4 Mbit external SRAM (512k x 8bit, 10ns)

  • 8 channel 10-bit 200ksps ADC

  • 30 GPIO pins with 5V tolerance and short-circuit protection

  • 9 high-speed GPIO pins, 4 input-only pins

  • 4 LEDs with GPIO pins, 1 user switch, 1 reset switch

  • Friendly breadboard-compatible DIP 64 form-factor

Convenient DIP Package

Mercury has 64 round machine header pins in a familiar dual in-line package (DIP) format. No proprietary expansion connectors - just drop it right into a breadboard!

Mercury is perfect for rapid prototyping, and the super tiny form-factor makes it easy to embed into a small project. We've taken care of the voltage regulators, bypass capacitors and USB configuration circuitry, freeing you to focus on your actual design!

Flexible I/O

Most FPGA development boards are limited to 3.3V digital-only I/O, but we built Mercury with more flexibility in mind: We've included an onboard 8-channel SPI ADC (10 bit, 200 Ksps), great for interfacing with sensors or for audio input. It also has 30 pins of 5V-tolerant digital I/O, so you can safely interface TTL-level devices with the 3.3V Spartan-3A FPGA.

Mercury Baseboard

The Mercury Baseboard (sold separately) is the perfect companion for a Mercury FPGA development board! The Mercury board docks right into the 64-pin DIP socket, adding many useful peripherals, including:

  • 4-digit seven segment display

  • 4 pushbuttons, 8 switches

  • 3.5mm stereo audio input and output

  • VGA port supporting 8-bit color

  • PS/2 port for keyboard or mouse

  • 1 double Pmod-compatible connector

  • Analog sensors: (light, temperature, potentiometer)

Check out the complete specs at the Mercury baseboard product page!

Made with Mercury

If you have a Mercury project that you'd like to share, let us know!