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Old 04-28-2006, 12:06 AM
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Hi,

I've got a little knowledge about fpga's. I've used for fun spartan2 at
school.
I'm interested in embedded systems in view of operating systems.
Which development platform (starter kit) do you suggest for such a
person like me ?

My expectations are:
* low costs,
* "helpfull hand" - projects from which I can learn, gain knowledge,
documentation (I haven't met ppl yet here who would help me with it -
that's why it's so important for me as it gonna be my very begging with
this stuph),
* included good development software (with cores which would allow me
to start to play),
* features of platform (ethernet, usb, video, audio, connectors etc).

The nice thing would be to have PCI. Either edge or slot.

XUP Virtex-2 Development Platform (http://www.digilentinc.com/) - it
cought my attention.
Are there better platforms ?

Thanks.

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Old 04-28-2006, 02:26 AM
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For the price, if you are a student, the XUP is a very nice board. The
problem however is that it has a XC2VP30. So webpack doesn't work with
it?? I think that is correct, I have not verified it. But anyway,
think about the price of ISE and EDK as well. I personally do like the
XUP though.

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Old 04-28-2006, 12:51 PM
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On 27 Apr 2006 16:06:53 -0700, [email protected] wrote:

>Hi,
>
>I've got a little knowledge about fpga's. I've used for fun spartan2 at
>school.
>I'm interested in embedded systems in view of operating systems.
>Which development platform (starter kit) do you suggest for such a
>person like me ?
>


>The nice thing would be to have PCI. Either edge or slot.
>
>XUP Virtex-2 Development Platform (http://www.digilentinc.com/) - it
>cought my attention.
>Are there better platforms ?



One worth looking at - if you want Spartan-3 and PCI - is the
"Raggedstone" from Enterpoint.

http://www.enterpoint.co.uk/moelbryn/raggedstone1.html

- Brian
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Old 04-28-2006, 05:50 PM
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Brian Drummond wrote:
...
> One worth looking at - if you want Spartan-3 and PCI - is the
> "Raggedstone" from Enterpoint.
>
> http://www.enterpoint.co.uk/moelbryn/raggedstone1.html

...
This looks greate, but it costs 1.2k$
http://www.xilinx.com/bvdocs/images/...ML455-DK_l.jpg

Here are nice boards but all of them cost >>1k$
http://www.hitechglobal.com/Xilinx/boards.htm

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Old 04-28-2006, 08:02 PM
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[email protected] wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I've got a little knowledge about fpga's. I've used for fun spartan2 at
> school.
> I'm interested in embedded systems in view of operating systems.
> Which development platform (starter kit) do you suggest for such a
> person like me ?
>
> My expectations are:
> * low costs,
> * "helpfull hand" - projects from which I can learn, gain knowledge,
> documentation (I haven't met ppl yet here who would help me with it -
> that's why it's so important for me as it gonna be my very begging with
> this stuph),
> * included good development software (with cores which would allow me
> to start to play),
> * features of platform (ethernet, usb, video, audio, connectors etc).
>
> The nice thing would be to have PCI. Either edge or slot.
>
> XUP Virtex-2 Development Platform (http://www.digilentinc.com/) - it
> cought my attention.
> Are there better platforms ?
>
> Thanks.


IIFC, the Xilinx guys (Peter and Austin) have said that Xilinx offers
big discounts on devlopment boards to students. Other companies may
offer discounts as well.
HTH
-Dave P

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