WARP v3 User Guide: FPGA

WARP v3 is designed around a Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA. The WARP v3 board can support any Virtex-6 FPGA in the FF1156 package.

You will need to know the specific FPGA device on your WARP v3 board to build custom projects using the Xilinx design tools. There is a label just above the FPGA indicating the device type and speed grade.

Most WARP v3 boards are built with Xilinx part XC6VLX240T-2FFG1156C (LX240T device, speed grade -2, lead free 1156-pin package, commercial temperature range).

Xilinx Documentation

The Xilinx documentation is the authorative source for details on the specs, limits and functionality of the Virtex-6 FPGA on WARP v3. For the full list of Virtex-6 documentation visit

Direct links to the most relevant Xilinx Virtex-6 docs:

Active Heat Sink

Every board ships with a heat sink and fan installed on the FPGA. It is strongly recommended these remain mounted at all times.

The fan speed is controlled via a 3-pin header on the board (J5). Remove the shunt to disable the fan (not recommended), short pins 1-2 for max speed or short pins 2-3 for low speed.

The active heat sink is Radian part FA35+K52B+T710. See the Radian datasheet for details.

The fan is designed to last for many years, but as it is one big moving part, it will eventually break down. Avoid leaving the WARP v3 board powered on but unused to maximize the fan's life.

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