Working with FPGA’s

Trying the Numato Lab Waxwing Spartan 6 development board.

Waxwing Spartan6 Development Board is a low-cost FPGA development board with a lot of features including DDR SDRAM, 100M Ethernet, AC97 codec, and DVI-D. Waxwing Development Board features Waxwing Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA Mini Module with high-density connectors for external IO interface. This Development board makes it easy to evaluate and build solutions with Waxwing Spartan 6 FPGA module. The Development board also provides easy access to JTAG signals on a standard Xilinx Platform Cable compatible header.


  • Spartan 6 FPGA (XC6SLX45 in CSG324 package, on Waxwing Mini Module)
  • DDR: 166MHz 512Mb LPDDR
  • 100M Ethernet (LAN8710A)
  • National Semiconductor LM4550 AC‘97 audio codec
  • Flash memory: 128 Mb SPI flash memory (N25Q128A13ESE40E)
  • 100MHz CMOS oscillator
  • DVI-D Connector for video (Compatible with HDMI)
  • 8 bit VGA output connector
  • 2 Channel Audio Out through 3.5mm audio jack
  • 16 x 2 Character LCD Display
  • Micro SD Adapter
  • Three Common Anode 7Segment LED Displays
  • Seven onboard Push Button Switches
  • 44.5mm x 35.1mm Mini breadboard for easy prototyping
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 interface for On-board flash programming.
  • FT2232H Channel A is dedicated to SPI Flash Programming. Channel B can be used for custom applications
  • FPGA configuration via JTAG and USB
  • On-board voltage regulators for single power rail operation
  • Dimensions: 180 mm X 120 mm


  • Signal Processing
  • Product Prototype Development
  • Communication devices development
  • Educational tool for Schools and Universities
  • Development and testing of custom embedded processors