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Forum: FPGA, VHDL & Verilog differences in board


Author: James Yunker (Company: Naval Undersea Warfare Center) (newport_j)
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What is the difference between an fpga development board, an fpga 
starter kit and  just an plain fpga board?

I am referring to the Altera Cyclone II fpga that seems to come in a all 
three of the listed above versions.

Any help appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Respectfully,


Newport_j

Author: Lothar Miller (lkmiller) (Moderator)
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Just different names for the same thing. So add the boards name to the 
phrase and everyone is happy.

However: you must read the boards spec to figure out whether it fits 
your needs or not...

Author: Uwe Beis (Guest)
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I would say that a plain FPGA board does not contain more than the most 
basic components to run an FPGA: Oscillator, JTAG interface, maybe a 
regulator and lots of headers for I/O. You would need an external 
programmer.

An FPGA starter kit contains some interesting peripherals,  but not too 
complex - for starters only. Maybe a programmer is also available.

FPGA development boards contain lots of all kinds of complex peripherals 
like Ethernet, USB, display, a programmer and much, much more. That 
depends on the target applications like audio/video, motion control and 
so on.

Author: James Yunker (Company: Naval Undersea Warfare Center) (newport_j)
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Okay, I want to use the free high level synthesis software LegUp. The 
video that you see on Youtube shows an Mandlebrot design pattern and its 
speedup using LegUp. They use an Altera Cyclone II fpga. What board 
could I use to replicate that test?


Any help appreciated.


Thanks in advance.

Respectfully,


Lou_Reed

Author: Uwe Beis (uwe_beis)
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James Yunker wrote:
> What board could I use to replicate that test?

I don't want to explore the video, so it's up to you: Can you find out 
what board or hardware they use? Obviously something with a video 
output.

BTW, I have an Altera/Terasic DE2 board here which is equipped with a 
VGA output. Would you be able to modify the original code so that it 
fits to a possibly different hardware?

Does your system support some kind of Altera-compatible programmer, 
preferably the USB Blaster?

Regards, Uwe

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