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    FPGA for beginners ?

    Hi,

    i'm interested in FPGAs - i don't have a special goal, i'm just interested. Is there an easy to use kit, not too expensive, that can be used for some beginner-experiments (like "blink") ? I'd like to use it in connection with a Teensy.

    A tutorial in German would be awesome ... ?

    I've heard there are even C-Compilers - not good, but might be good enough for me ;-) Any hints or links where to start...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank B View Post
    Hi,

    i'm interested in FPGAs - i don't have a special goal, i'm just interested. Is there an easy to use kit, not too expensive, that can be used for some beginner-experiments (like "blink") ? I'd like to use it in connection with a Teensy.

    A tutorial in German would be awesome ... ?

    I've heard there are even C-Compilers - not good, but might be good enough for me ;-) Any hints or links where to start...?
    I would be interested too (https://forum.pjrc.com/threads/45407...l=1#post148729)!

    Maybe Paul can advice (https://www.pjrc.com/store/xcs10xl_plcc.html in stock 2012!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by WMXZ View Post
    Maybe Paul can advice
    No, not really, other than I'll advise you not to start with that ancient chip. No modern versions of the Xilinx software support it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank B View Post
    Hi,

    i'm interested in FPGAs - i don't have a special goal, i'm just interested. Is there an easy to use kit, not too expensive, that can be used for some beginner-experiments (like "blink") ? I'd like to use it in connection with a Teensy.

    A tutorial in German would be awesome ... ?

    I've heard there are even C-Compilers - not good, but might be good enough for me ;-) Any hints or links where to start...?
    I got one of these DE0-Nano boards a long time ago. I never got a chance to get into it, but I liked the form factor (0.1" headers) and it seemed to be reasonably capable. Not too expensive either. It is an Altera Cyclone IV board.

    It is $80 from Terasic (maker of the board - they have a downloadable software CD also):
    http://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/pa...o=593&PartNo=1

    Adafruit has it for $99 (the Adafruit page lists the specs on it):
    https://www.adafruit.com/product/451

    As I recall I was able to get updated software from Altera as a big download (no charge). But I never got a chance to get into the software or learn its limits/capabilities. Not sure about C support. I was planning to use Verilog.

    I originally found it via a Circuit Cellar article in which someone programmed a custom softcore processor into it (IIRC some kind of crypto, I forget). Sounded reasonably powerful.

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    Edit: FYI - additional sources for a lesser markup:
    Digikey $86.25 : https://www.digikey.com/products/en/...796?k=de0-nano
    Mouser $86.25 : http://www.mouser.com/search/Product...irtualkeyP0082
    Newark $86.92 : http://www.newark.com/terasic-techno...de0/dp/78T4479

    Also - on Youtube search for "de0-nano" and there are a bunch of videos on it.
    Last edited by nox771; 08-27-2017 at 11:03 PM.

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