Getting Started

Learn about your Chameleon96 board as well as how to prepare and set up for basic use

Setup - What you will need


  • Chameleon96
    • Board based on the Intel Cyclone V SoC FPGA
  • Power adapter](
    • 96Boards specifications requires a 8V-18V with 2000mA Power adapter
  • USB Keyboard and Mouse
    • With two USB-A connectors, all 96Boards can be equipped with a full sized keyboard and mouse
  • Monitor and HDMI Cable
    • All 96Boards are equipped with a full sized HDMI connector, HDMI capable monitor is recommended


  • MicroSD card with adapter
    • For quick and easy switching between operating systems and extra storage
  • Mezzanine Products
    • These devices allow you to expand your experience with any 96Boards by adding peripherals and enhancing onboard components
  • USB to MicroUSB cable
    • This is needed for serial console interface and fastboot/adb commands
  • USB to ethernet adapter and ethernet cable
    • For connecting to a network without using WiFi

Out of the Box

The following subsections should describe how to get started with the Chameleon96 using the release build shipped with the boards.


Component Description
SoC Intel Cyclone V SoC FPGA
Dual ARM Cortex-A9
110K Logic Elements FPGA fabric
GPU Graphics based on Intel Video Suite for FPGA
RAM 512MB DDR3L (support to 1GByte)
PMU 4 to 64 GByte microSD
Connectivity WLAN 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, Bluetooth® wireless technology 4.1, One USB 2.0 OTG micro AB, Two USB 2.0 HOST
1 USB 2.0 Host via expansion connector, Integrated USB-Blaster II JTAG cable  
Display Up to 1080p@60fps HD video through a HDMI interface
Audio HDMI Audio, Bluetooth Audio, I2S 4Wire interface via expansion connector
Camera MIPI CSI interface (Mobile Industry
Processor Interface - Camera Serial
Interface) 2x lane. (requires a custom IP for the FPGA)
Expansion Interface One 40-pin Low Speed (LS) expansion connector
UART x2, SPI, I2S, I2C x2, GPIO x12 and DC power.
One 60-pin High Speed (HS) expansion connector
The board can be made compatible with Arduino using an add-on mezzanine board.
User Interface Power Button, Reset Button, 6 LED Indicators
4 – user controllable
2 – for radios (BT and WLAN activity)
Power Source +5V to +42VDC (exceeding 96Boards specifications)
OS Support Linux OS, terminal base (BuildRoot build)
Linux OS, GUI (Yocto build)
Size Dimensions: 54mm x 85mm meeting 96Boards™ Consumer Edition standard dimensions specifications

Starting the board for the first time

Please review the Chameleon96 User Guide for more information on starting your board for the first time.

What’s Next?

If you are already familiar with the Chameleon96 board and would like to change out the stock operating system, please proceed to one of the following pages:

  • Installation page: If you already have the images you need, this page has information on how to install the different operating systems onto your Chameleon96
  • Troubleshooting From bug reports and current issues, to forum access and other useful resources, we want to help you find answers

Back to the Chameleon96 documentation home page