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Author: Adnan Y. (adnan_y)
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I am just starting with FPGAs. My question is that for a product, do I 
have to incorporate the FPGA development kit into the box (product), or 
can I just insert the FPGA chip without the complete kit?

Author: Manuel Kampert (Guest)
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Well, you normally don't put dev kit in the final product. However - you 
still need some supporting electroncs around your target FPGA.

Best Regars,
  Manuel

Author: Lothar Miller (lkmiller) (Moderator)
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Adnan Y. wrote:
> can I just insert the FPGA chip without the complete kit?
Yes thats the usual way. But you must provide the power supply and the 
config memory on your board.

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Author: Uwe Beis (Guest)
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Lothar Miller wrote:
> Adnan Y. wrote:
>> can I just insert the FPGA chip without the complete kit?
> Yes thats the usual way. But you must provide the power supply and the
> config memory on your board.

I agree, but I add: Probably not power supply but power supplies, 
appropriate PLL-supply (supplies), the JTAG-interface and possibly more. 
I wouldn't call that "_just_ insert the FPGA". Anyway, sooner or later 
you will have to cope with that. So why not immediately.

Author: P. K. (pek)
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Depends a little how the product looks like. If you have a very small 
number of devices you intend to produce, integrating a development board 
may be suitable.
For medium number of products there are a lot of providers who supply 
FPGA modules which you can add to your own board (which then has to care 
only about things which are very special in your case, e.g. DAC, ADC, 
motor controls...).
For large number of products, you'll do your own board, which fits 
exactly your needs.

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