The Basys 3 is an entry-level FPGA board designed exclusively for the Vivado® Design Suite, featuring Xilinx® Artix®-7-FPGA architecture. Basys 3 is the newest addition to the popular Basys line of starter FPGA boards. The Basys 3 includes the standard features found on all Basys boards: complete ready-to-use hardware, a large collection of on-board I/O devices, all required FPGA support circuits, and a free version of development tools and at a student-level price point.
Digilent provides students with a better representation of professional-level engineering by greatly improving the Basys feature sets. These improvements include:
Double the user interface switches, double the number of onboard outputs, upgraded the number of external ports (moving from 6-pin single-row Pmods to 12-pin double-row Pmods) and included for the first time on a Basys class device a USB-UART bridge.
Modern Architecture = Modern Programming Challenges:
Due to the migration from the Spartan®-3E family to the Artix-7 class of device, the Basys 3 offers a substantial increase in hardware capabilities. With the new Artix FPGA comes 15X the logic cells (from 2,160 to 33,280) and the upgrade from multipliers to true DSP slices. It also adds over 26X the amount of RAM.
Industry's First SOC Strength Design Suite:
The most significant change to the Basys 3 is the upgrade to Xilinx Vivado® Design Suite, the most modern design tool chain used by professional engineers worldwide. Compared to ISE®, Vivado offers an improved user experience and expanded capabilities. These capabilities include block-based IP integration (which can reduce development time up to 10x) and the Vivado Logic/Serial I/O analyzer*.
*Only available with Vivado Design Edition - Additional Documentation can be found on the Digilent Wiki Site for Basys3.
You can buy a Basys 3-locked version of Vivado Design Edition for $10.00 when you add a Basys 3 to your cart.
If you would like an evaluation board for academic purposes, you can apply for a donation through the Xilinx University Program.
33,280 logic cells in 5200 slices (each slice contains four 6-input LUTs and 8 flip-flops)
1,800 Kbits of fast block RAM
Five clock management tiles, each with a phase-locked loop (PLL)
90 DSP slices
Internal clock speeds exceeding 450 MHz
On-chip analog-to-digital converter (XADC)
Digilent USB-JTAG port for FPGA programming and communication
Designed Exclusively for Vivado Design Suite. Expanded features are available through purchase of the Design Edition.
Free WebPACK™ download for standard use.
Micro-B USB cable not included. A micro USB cable may be added to the cart for $2.
12-bit VGA output
USB HID Host for mice, keyboards and memory sticks
16 user switches
16 user LEDs
5 user pushbuttons
4-digit 7-segment display
4 Pmod connectors
3 Standard 12-pin Pmod
1 dual purpose XADC signal/ standard Pmod
Basys 3 board
Custom Digilent cardboard box with protective foam
Welcome to the resource center for the Basys 3!
Here you will find all the reference materials that Digilent has created for this board, as well as links to any external content we have tracked down. If you are interested in purchasing the Basys 3, visit the product page on our main website: Basys 3
The Basys 3 is an entry-level FPGA board designed exclusively for the Vivado Design Suite, featuring Xilinx Artix 7-FPGA architecture. Basys 3 is the newest addition to the popular Basys line of starter FPGA boards. Basys 3 includes the standard features found on all Basys boards: complete ready-to-use hardware, a large collection of on-board I/O devices, all required FPGA support circuits, and a free version of development tools - all at a student-level price point.
That version of Vivado Design edition that is currently sold for $10 with the Basys 3 is Device locked and node locked. You will not be able to use a different board with this license of Vivado and you will not be able to use this license on multiple computers .
For more information, check out the walk-around below.