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Offline USB_Guru

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Earth People Technology is pleased to announce the official launch of the MaxProLogic KickStarter. This is an Ultra Low Cost FPGA Development Board for Students and Hobbyists. Please see the launch https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/201461162/maxprologic-ultra-low-cost-fpga-development-board
Features
  • MAX 10 10M04SA FPGA FROM INTEL/ALTERA 4,000 Logic Elements
  • 2.2 Mbit On chip Flash; 189 Kbit On Chip SRAM 8 Analog Input
  • Channels; 12 bit; 1MSamples/Second 65 Available I/O’s at connectors
  • 65 Inputs/Outputs available at connectors on board
  • 8 Green User configurable LEDs 1 Power Pushbutton Switch; 1 User Configurable Pushbutton Switch
  • On Board MicroSD Card Slot
  • Two Power options: Standard USB (+5V @ 2Amp) Using Micro-B connector; 5mm Barrel Connector Accepts +12V @ 3Amp
 

Offline phdinfunk

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Hi,

I have been studying FPGA for awhile and wanted to get into it.  So far, the toolchain has been extremely unwieldy and I've not been able to actually get anything up and running.  It's utterly nothing like setting up a python stack. 

What does the software to silicon chain look like with this thing?  If I'm a student with basic verilog and systemverilog comprehension, how am I going to get this thing running?

This is a much more important question to me that 30 bucks on the cost of a board one way or another.
 

Offline xaxaxa

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Hi,

I have been studying FPGA for awhile and wanted to get into it.  So far, the toolchain has been extremely unwieldy and I've not been able to actually get anything up and running.  It's utterly nothing like setting up a python stack. 

What does the software to silicon chain look like with this thing?  If I'm a student with basic verilog and systemverilog comprehension, how am I going to get this thing running?

This is a much more important question to me that 30 bucks on the cost of a board one way or another.

It's fairly simple once you get used to it;
1. create project; it will ask you which chip you are targeting.
2. set pin assignments (which physical pin corresponds to which port name)
3. type some VHDL
4. synthesize & upload to fpga board
5. profit!!!

On youtube you can probably find videos that walk you through each process for altera quartus or xilinx ISE.

If you search "xc6slx9" on aliexpress and sort by # of orders, you will find $20 xilinx fpga boards that has double the number of logic elements and sram. The kickstarter one has ADCs though. Depends what you need.

 

Offline TK

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No programmer on board?  If you add a programmer, will it still be low cost?
 

Offline CM800

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Not sure why I'd like that one, when an official one is already offered at a similar price, with more logic elements from TerasIC:


https://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?Language=English&CategoryNo=218&No=708&PartNo=2

with better specs....
 

Offline TK

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Not sure why I'd like that one, when an official one is already offered at a similar price, with more logic elements from TerasIC:


https://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?Language=English&CategoryNo=218&No=708&PartNo=2

with better specs....
And onboard programmer...
« Last Edit: October 24, 2017, 09:38:51 pm by TK »
 

Offline Mr. Scram

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Have a look at these boards on Aliexpress. Not very expensive and nice to tinker with. Note that I'm not affiliated.

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/620372
 

Offline chickenHeadKnob

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Not sure why I'd like that one, when an official one is already offered at a similar price, with more logic elements from TerasIC:


https://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?Language=English&CategoryNo=218&No=708&PartNo=2

with better specs....
And onboard programmer...

no, actually needs an external jtag, rare for Terasic
 


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