Sorry but I don't know the correct terms so I'm just trying to explain as best as I can. Looking to start an electronics / digital logic course. I don't want to do the traditional soldering / PCB etching with discrete components, but more interested in logic like starting with the basic logic gates, moving to counters, flip flops, driving 7 segments LEDs and Matrix displays. Doing binary calculations and things like that. When I went to school we had this kit that allowed you design logic circuits on on the PC (Windows software) and simulate them. Then you would upload it onto this board with a chip on it (Xilinx oder LipsLSI or something like that). The board had pins for input and output and if all went well it did what you wanted it to do. So rather than buying heaps of discrete parts (which might be a logistical nightmare) and mucking around with breadboards, I'm wondering if I can buy such kits and design the circuits through software?