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Offline Spark-Doctor

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Complete newbie
« on: January 14, 2020, 08:56:32 pm »
Hi All

I am a complete newbie to FPGA's and was wondering which development board you would recommend backed up by books for instructions and videos.

Many thanks in advance.

Ian
 

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Re: Complete newbie
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2020, 09:09:34 pm »
I started from this website, and found very clean explanations in their "FPGA Introduction" section, projects, etc.
https://www.fpga4fun.com/

They have some boards for sale, I think, but I don't know about those, since I already had an FPGA recovered from the display of a big HP office printer, so I am not answering your question here, just pointing to a nice FPGA generic info website.
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Re: Complete newbie
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2020, 09:24:06 pm »
Your question is far too broad to expect any reasonable reply or series of replies.

The Internet is loaded with tutorials, try Google.  If you want to learn a lot about VHDL (one of the two popular HDLs) then VHDLwhiz.com is quite good.  I just finished the 'for pay' tutorial and it is based on the Lattice ICE 40 board.

https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/842-ICE40HX1KSTICKEV

I would probably never use this board for anything I developed because it simply doesn't have enough 'gadgets' or pins.  I would likely use the Digilent Nexys A7

https://store.digilentinc.com/nexys-a7-fpga-trainer-board-recommended-for-ece-curriculum/

There's a heck of a difference between the Lattice stick at $25 and the Digilent board at $265 and there are a lot of boards in the middle.

I would also consider these boards
https://store.digilentinc.com/basys-3-artix-7-fpga-trainer-board-recommended-for-introductory-users/  Only available in 35-T variant, pretty small device
https://store.digilentinc.com/arty-a7-artix-7-fpga-development-board-for-makers-and-hobbyists/   100-T variant, of course.

Do you have any experience with hardware design?  University courses, etc?  If not, it's a steep climb.  Heck, it's steep even with courses.


I wanted to learn about test benches when I subscribed to the VHDL Whiz Dot Matrix course.  This course is worth every dime!  But it's not free and most will object to paying for anything on the Internet.  OTOH, I have found that education is NEVER free!

https://vhdlwhiz.teachable.com/p/dot-matrix
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Re: Complete newbie
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2020, 09:29:06 pm »
 


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