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BeUSB3.0 Evaluation board (able to mate with Arrow Electronics BeMicro SDK) – Designed by Nuvation Engineering

Last Updated: 
Jan 23, 2015

Nuvation Engineering
3590 N. First St. #210
San Jose, Ca. 95134


Overview of the Cypress/Nuvation FX3 Evaluation Platform – BeUSB 3.0

  • Designed for Evaluation of the Cypress EZ-USB FX3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 device controller
    • Specifically designed to demonstrate the FX3 to Host PC USB 3.0 raw data throughput capabilities
    • Flexible hardware platform that will be able to support and exploit the FX3 capabilities
    • Seamlessly mates with Arrow Electronics BeMicro SDK Eval kit that houses an Altera Cyclone IV E FPGA

Demonstration Platform Components – Software and Hardware

  • Windows Based PC Applications for Demonstration
  • Supports Windows XP/Vista/7 both 32 and 64 bits
  • Specific application available that measures throughput
  • Supports both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
  • Utilizes Cypress’ USB Control Center
  • Ability Upload new FX3 firmware via USB
  • Ability to update the SPI EEPROM




Hardware Platform – BeMicro SDK and FX3 Daughter Card

BeUSB 3.0 – Block Diagram

An adapter card is available from Nuvation that will support all the High-end Altera Development kits (HSMC)





Nuvation has developed a hardware-centric evaluation platform around the Cypress FX3 peripheral IC. This overall evaluation platform includes the ability to interface to an external FPGA based solution and leverages existing off the shelf development boards. The default target development board is the low cost BeMicro SDK housing an Altera Cyclone IV FPGA. An HSMC card-edge adaptor is also available allowing developers to attach our FX3 development board to Altera’s higher end FPGA development systems via the common HSMC add-on interface.

This eval/demo kit has been designed to allow users to see not only how much faster the SuperSpeed USB3.0 interface is than USB2.0 technology, but also to see how easy Nuvation has made it to interface with Altera FPGAs through the GPIF II interface on the FX3 device.



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EZ-USB FX3 Home Page



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3590 N.
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San Jose,
Ca. 95134

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