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
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...
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.
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
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