Spartan Edge Accelerator Board - Arduino FPGA Shield with ESP32

Spartan Edge Accelerator Board - Arduino FPGA Shield with ESP32

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Spartan Edge Accelerator Board is a Xilinx Spartan FPGA development board in the Arduino UNO shield form factor. It can work with Arduino as an FPGA shield and as a stand-alone FPGA development board. With the onboard ESP32 chip, the Spartan Edge Accelerator Board also features 2.4GHz WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1. Moreover, this development board has a wealth of peripherals and interfaces which are extremely playable. Such as an 8-bit ADC, a 6-axis accelerometer, two RGB LEDs, a MINI HDMI interface, a CSI camera interface, two Grove interfaces, etc. All in all, it will be a perfect FPGA board for Makers and Hobbyists.


The Spartan Edge Accelerator Board is built around Xilinx Spartan-7 XC7S15 FPGA, which is a cost-effect but powerful FPGA chip. When it comes to Ardunio FPGA, the first mover Arduino MKR Vidor 4000 was always mentioned. Compared with the official Arduino MKR Vidor 4000, the Spartan Edge Accelerator Board has a similar performance, but the price is less than half! Spartan Edge Accelerator Board can run at up to 100Mhz clock speed and offers 12.8K logic cells, 360Kb block RAM. Well, to drive a camera or HDMI display is just a piece of cake. Besides we breakout 10 user-programmable I/O pins of XC7S15, you can configure them as PWM, I2C, I2S, UART, SPI, etc.


We know you love ESP32, so we used it as the wireless core. It supports 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz WiFi as well as Bluetooth 4.1 with BLE. Just a single board to enable your Arduino with FPGA and Wireless function, isn't it amazing?

Arduino FPGA API

On top of that, a full Arduino FPGA  API is provided to help you use FPGA resources to control FPGA I/Os with Arduino IDE even if you know nothing about the FPGA theory. Spartan Edge Accelerator Board will equip Arduino with the ability that was once unimaginable, such as edge technology, image recognition, signal sampling and processing, and so on.

Note: The side connectors of the shield are not soldered. Soldering is necessary if it is used as a shield.


  •  FPGA – Xilinx Spartan-7 XC7S15 FPGA with 12.8K Logic Cells and 360Kb block RAM
  • WiSoC – Espressif Systems ESP32 SoC with 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1  BLE
  • Storage – SPI flash, MicroSD card slot
  • Video Output – Mini HDMI
  • Video-Input – CSI Camera Interface with support for OV5640 sensor
  • USB – USB Type-C port
  • Expansion
    • Arduino UNO headers (5V)
    • FPGA I/O header
    • DAC output and ADC input header (via 8-bit ADC1173 chip)
    • 2x Grove connectors (I2C and digital I/O)
  • Debugging / Programming – Arduino ICSP header, FPGA  JTAG interface
  • Sensors –  6 axis accelerometer and gyroscope
  • Misc – Power switch, 2x ESP32 buttons, 3x FPGA buttons, 2x user LEDs, 2x user RGB LEDs, DIP switch, power selection jumper
  • Power Supply
    • 5V via USB-C port
    • 5V via Arduino micro USD port
    • 8 to 17V via VIN pin
  • Dimensions – Arduino UNO form factor


High-speed image processing:

  • Support Raspberry Pi camera v1.0(OV5640)
  • Support max 30fps image transmission

Encrypted Internet of Things:

  • Support cloud services(AWS, Azure, etc.)
  • Support software encryption algorithm

Multiple I/O port extensions:

  • 20 extended I/O ports(FPGA stand-alone mode)
  • 10 extended I/O ports(Arduino shield mode)
  •  Support for Arduino expansion interface

Target Users:

  • IoT developer
  • Arduino developer
  • FPGA developers

Packing List:

  • 1 x Spartan Edge Accelerator Board - Arduino FPGA Shield with ESP32
  • 1 x normal 2x3 header pin (ISP), unsoldered
  • 1 x stackable 2x3 header pin (ISP), unsoldered
  • 1 x set of normal/standard Arduino UNO side connectors, unsoldered
  • 1 x set of stackable Shield side connectors, unsoldered



What is xilinx JTAG downloader that can be used with this development board if I want to make it stand alone without arduino.
( Zali, 13/04/2020 )

Hi, you may refer to the following link but we've not tried it before. Thanks :)

When will this product be available again? ( Herold Sylvestro Bin Sipail , 26/02/2020 )
Hi, it is estimated to be restocked in 1-2 weeks time. However, you may click on the 'Notify Me' button to keep you updated when the product is back available. Thanks :)

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