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Old 04-18-2006, 06:06 PM
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Default FPGA availability & distribution options.

I read the thread on xilinx online shop issues.

So how are the other options?
(Altera, Lattice, Actel)

- Priceing on small samples / evaluation boards ..?

- Software is smooth and/or pricey..?

- Have online shop, or _good_ distributors ..? (I live in Europe)

- Reliability (silicon & customer relations) ..?

- Any new fpga manufactor to enter this market soon ..?

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Old 04-18-2006, 08:09 PM
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Default Re: FPGA availability & distribution options.

I buy small quantities of Actel parts for prototyping from the same folks
who will eventually do the production programming. BTW, many of the
production runs are only 50 per year.

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>I read the thread on xilinx online shop issues.
>
> So how are the other options?
> (Altera, Lattice, Actel)
>
> - Priceing on small samples / evaluation boards ..?
>
> - Software is smooth and/or pricey..?
>
> - Have online shop, or _good_ distributors ..? (I live in Europe)
>
> - Reliability (silicon & customer relations) ..?
>
> - Any new fpga manufactor to enter this market soon ..?
>



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Old 04-18-2006, 09:37 PM
Rene Tschaggelar
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Default Re: FPGA availability & distribution options.

[email protected]d wrote:

> I read the thread on xilinx online shop issues.
>
> So how are the other options?
> (Altera, Lattice, Actel)
>
> - Priceing on small samples / evaluation boards ..?
>
> - Software is smooth and/or pricey..?
>
> - Have online shop, or _good_ distributors ..? (I live in Europe)
>
> - Reliability (silicon & customer relations) ..?
>
> - Any new fpga manufactor to enter this market soon ..?


The Altera parts a distributed by ebv,
amongst others. The EBV support is absolutely
great. The minimum invoice is 150 Fr.
This may pose a problem when the parts
are cheap, and for prototypes.

http://www.ebv.com

The free downloadable software from altera,
quartus, is useable.

Rene
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Old 04-19-2006, 07:52 AM
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Default Re: FPGA availability & distribution options.

Hi,

[email protected]d wrote:
> I read the thread on xilinx online shop issues.
>
> So how are the other options?
> (Altera, Lattice, Actel)
>
> - Priceing on small samples / evaluation boards ..?
>
> - Software is smooth and/or pricey..?
>
> - Have online shop, or _good_ distributors ..? (I live in Europe)
>
> - Reliability (silicon & customer relations) ..?
>
> - Any new fpga manufactor to enter this market soon ..?

Since I see that you are from my old Univeristy in Sweden I might also
give you a hint to the local bible in Sweden ELFA they do have
Max2,Cyclone, Cyclone2 and config memories from Altera in thier
catalog. Not the cheepest way but they take small quantiy orders and
you don't have to be a company to buy from them.
Hope this helps
Fredrik

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