Industrial Networking Kit (INK)

To take advantage of the flexible and programmable nature of Altera® FPGAs to evaluate and develop multiple Industrial Ethernet solutions on a single platform, developers can start with the modular Cyclone® IV E Industrial Networking Kit from Terasic. For a list of Industrial Networking Partner Program participants who support EtherCAT and other leading Industrial Ethernet and fieldbus solutions on the INK, please visit the Altera Partners page on

The INK provides a comprehensive design environment tailored specifically for rapid prototyping and development of embedded industrial applications. The INK gives industrial equipment designers greater flexibility in implementing real-time Ethernet communications with OpenCore Plus IP such as the EtherCAT IP core and the corresponding software stack that you can implement on an FPGA that you can also use for the rest of your system design.

This Cyclone IV E development kit is based on the Terasic DE2-115 FPGA board with dual 10/100/1000-Mbps Ethernet, 128-MB SDRAM, 8-MB flash memory, 2-MB SRAM, security EEPROM (for the EtherCAT slave ID), HSMC and GPIO connectors, toggle switches and buttons, status LEDs, and a 16x2 character display, along with USB 2.0, SD card slot, audio, and video capabilities. The INK includes the ICB-HSMC board, which expands the DE2-115 board functionality with support for dual CAN, dual RS-485, and RS-232 (and Profibus) interfaces with both DB-9 connectors and 10-pin headers. The INK comes with Quartus® II software, an INK system CD, and a quick-start guide to get you up and running with the hardware.

To learn more about Altera and partner products, IP, solutions, and services, please visit To order an Industrial Networking Kit, please contact your local Altera or distributor sales office, or contact Terasic.