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« on: October 19, 2017, 01:15:43 01:15 »

Hello dear all,

I started to digital design, so I am newbie on this. I am learning VHDL fundementals now. I decided to buy a new starter kit but Altera's or Xilinx's eval boards looks a bit expensive. I wanna take a beginner-intermediate level eval board, so I found this:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/FPGA-development-board-ALTERA-IV-EP4CE-four-generations-NIOSII-send-send-remote-control-to-send-video/32534723807.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.33.3xb5OZ&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_5_10152_10065_10151_10068_10344_10345_10342_10343_10340_10341_10540_10307_10060_10155_10154_10056_10055_10054_10539_10538_5370015_10537_10059_10536_10534_10533_100031_10099_10338_10103_10102_10052_10053_10107_10050_10142_10051_10325_10172_10084_10083_10080_10082_10081_10110_5590015_10111_10112_10113_10114_5610015_10312_10313_10314_10078_10079_10073,searchweb201603_24,ppcSwitch_5&btsid=4e262a4f-c620-4e50-85ca-e763bb9db5b9&algo_expid=29c43e05-63b6-4e6c-b4d8-6425dd6413de-4&algo_pvid=29c43e05-63b6-4e6c-b4d8-6425dd6413de

What are your opinions and recommendations?

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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2017, 07:16:46 07:16 »

Just look at this links http://www.bdti.com/pocket/pocket.htm  You might consider an integrating microcontroller and fpga http://www.embeddedarm.com/products/arm-sbc.php#ts-7300-fpga-series Depending on your budget and your target application you may choose the board, I think you need a budget around 100 USD for a real platform and around 50 USD for a learning only platform. I started my projects on https://www.xilinx.com/products/boards-and-kits/1-odbhjd.html ( Zynq 7Z007S) mainly for its wireless conectivity
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2017, 01:37:57 13:37 »

Just look at this links http://www.bdti.com/pocket/pocket.htm  You might consider an integrating microcontroller and fpga http://www.embeddedarm.com/products/arm-sbc.php#ts-7300-fpga-series Depending on your budget and your target application you may choose the board, I think you need a budget around 100 USD for a real platform and around 50 USD for a learning only platform. I started my projects on https://www.xilinx.com/products/boards-and-kits/1-odbhjd.html ( Zynq 7Z007S) mainly for its wireless conectivity

Right, what do you think about altera-de0 board and what about Xilinx dev environments such as IDE, support etc.?
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2017, 07:59:38 19:59 »

Give a look at this entry level Spartan 6 board,

https://numato.com/product/mimas-spartan-6-fpga-development-board

IMHO its just fine for getting into the FPGA world with very low cost.

Got two of them and I'm very pleased.
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2017, 12:42:09 12:42 »

You could of course also get second hand board from say ebay in order to save some money
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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2017, 09:55:59 21:55 »

What about the Upduino
http://gnarlygrey.atspace.cc/development-platform.html#upduino

http://www.latticesemi.com/en/Products/DevelopmentBoardsAndKits/GnarlyGreyUPDuinoBoard.aspx

You would need either a RaspberryPi , or a FT3232 - For programming the above board.

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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2017, 12:10:27 00:10 »

I would not recommend any specific board to for just beginning other than purely by cost of the board, and if you are tending towards a particular vendor.

First off make some sort of decision about what sorts of interfaces you want on the FPGA - IE ... do  you want to talk to DDR3, or SD card, or USB or do you need serdes for HDMI or 1G/10G ethernet , or do you just want a few LED's and buttons and GPIO ? Once you know that it should narrow your choices and price down quite a bit.

You can do quite a lot of work on the vendors tools before actually picking a target or even having a physical target board.

If you have never used any fpga before perhaps something small is the best choice

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