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Old 04-18-2006, 02:51 PM
Eli Hughes
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Default FPGA + FTDI

Hello:

Does anyone know if there is a simple PCB out there with a Xilinx FPGA
(almost anything would work, Spartan III prefered) that has that FTDI
245 (the parrallel version) USB FIFO IC integrated on the PCB? I just
need something for a code demonstration.

I am in a pinch for a demonstration and we dont have the time to cut a
PCB...... And it seems that the new webstore policy means that I can no
longer get chips for at least 12 weeks......


-Eli

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Old 04-18-2006, 03:47 PM
Mike Harrison
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Default Re: FPGA + FTDI

On Tue, 18 Apr 2006 09:51:48 -0400, Eli Hughes <[email protected]> wrote:

>Hello:
>
>Does anyone know if there is a simple PCB out there with a Xilinx FPGA
>(almost anything would work, Spartan III prefered) that has that FTDI
>245 (the parrallel version) USB FIFO IC integrated on the PCB? I just
>need something for a code demonstration.
>
>I am in a pinch for a demonstration and we dont have the time to cut a
>PCB...... And it seems that the new webstore policy means that I can no
>longer get chips for at least 12 weeks......
>


FTDI now sell nice little DIL modules in their online store that would make it very easy to add to
most FPGA boards :
http://apple.clickandbuild.com/cnb/s...9&title=UM245R

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Old 04-18-2006, 03:55 PM
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Default Re: FPGA + FTDI

Eli Hughes <[email protected]> wrote:

> Does anyone know if there is a simple PCB out there with a Xilinx FPGA
> (almost anything would work, Spartan III prefered) that has that FTDI
> 245 (the parrallel version) USB FIFO IC integrated on the PCB? I just
> need something for a code demonstration.


The EZ2SUSB has a Spartan-II:
<http://www.easyfpga.com/ez2susb_features.htm>

-a
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Old 04-18-2006, 08:05 PM
Steve Knapp (Xilinx Spartan-3 Generation FPGAs)
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Default Re: FPGA + FTDI

How fixed are you on the FTDI part?

If the Cypress part will suffice, I'd recommend evaluating the
Opal-Kelly boards.
http://www.opalkelly.com/products/

The boards come with either an XC3S400, XC3S1000, or XC3S1500. They
also have some excellent software that goes with it called FrontPanel
that essentially turns the USB interface into a host of virtual I/O
functions. Thger are even API hooks for C++ and Phyton.
http://www.opalkelly.com/products/frontpanel/

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Steven K. Knapp
Applications Manager, Xilinx Inc.
General Products Division
Spartan-3/-3E FPGAs
http://www.xilinx.com/spartan3e
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The Spartan(tm)-3 Generation: The World's Lowest-Cost FPGAs.

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Old 04-19-2006, 10:10 AM
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Default Re: FPGA + FTDI

Steven is right, I definatelly recommend OpalKelly board if you need
USB2.0 transfer rate (this board goes up to 30MB/s). It very easy to
use and works without any problems.
The only cons is the size (2.0 x 3.5") and the price 200$.

Cheers, Guru

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