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WTB: Xilinx FPGA

Discussion in 'Electronics & Electrics' started by GooSE, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. GooSE

    GooSE New Member

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    Hey guys, I'm looking at using a Xilinx Spartan 2e for a big project at uni next semester but I have no idea where to source one. I don't need a fancy prototyping board or anything.

    Any ideas?

    Cheers.
     
  2. dakiller

    dakiller (Oscillating & Impeding)

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    Search Digikey they have heaps, just have to add the $6 extra to international orders and you'll be looking at about $25US to ship it here too

    Looks like you'll have fun soldering whatever one you choose as well :)

    I've been wanting to get into FPGA's myself recently, though I got no idea where to start really. Been thinking about using one to construct my own digital audio filter and oversampling with synchronous reclocking just to make it more complex. Certainly not something to start out for a first project, the maths and theory involved in performing these functions, let along implementing them in a FPGA is a bit beyond me at the moment.
     
  3. dohzer

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    Is there any reason you don't want a development board?
    Surely it would save a lot of hassles.
    We used one of these Spartan-3 Starter Boards at uni in a digital design subject.
     
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    GooSE

    GooSE New Member

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    Well, what I really need is a PCI card with an FPGA onboard. I was thinking about making one but that might be a little ambitious. As dakiller said, simply soldering the thing to a board is not an easy job. :lol:

    Maybe I should try and find some commercial options for this, but I don't doubt that they'd cost a fortune.
     
  5. Stinger

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    Yeah dev boards are expensive.
    We had one xilinx virtex 4 FPGA PCI dev board for a project at uni, apparently cost somewhere around the $10k mark. Course it was top of the line when it was bought.
     
  6. purple_jeep

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    You can get either the Spatan 3 or Cyclone II on a dev board from Altium if you get a student copy of their software,

    Costs ~$200 for the board and a 1yr License to Altium Designer (New Protel)
    http://www.altium.com/files/livedesign/Live_design_features.pdf

    I have the spatan 3 board here :)
    and have a board from uni with the cyclone FPGA on it.

    Chris
     
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  7. Cryogenic

    Cryogenic News Monkey

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    http://brains.te.chiba-u.jp/research/sub/bioler3.jpg

    that was the last FPGA dev board i worked on late last year. There is some serious $$$$ in one of them. And we have 4 of them in our research group. Hasn't your faculty got themselves on the Uni program at Xilinx. You can get spartan dev boards for free. If for some bizarre reason you can't get anything, l might be able to get a loaner for you. But if you blow it up, you're paying for it :p As a last resort, let me know and i'll see what i can find.
     
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    Thanks for the info/links guys. I'll try and find out if I can get some deals through uni. A free board would be nice. :thumbup:

    BTW that board is crazy. What's on it, 4 Virtex 4s?
     
  9. Cryogenic

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    Nah it's not 'that' new. They are VirtexII-Pros. XC2VP60 part number IIRC. There is also a VirtexII-1000 which houses the PCI controller. There are four 256MB DDR-333 SO-DIMMs on board. One card has a couple missing - used to upgrade a few laptops hehe.
     
  10. Cryogenic

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    We use boards from these guys at uni for our students:

    http://www.digilentinc.com/

    Xilinx offer them free if your uni is part of their university program.
     
  11. nudge

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    I'm using one of these babies at the moment:
    http://www.dinigroup.com/product/data/DN8000k10pci/images/dn8k10_front.JPG
    Loaded with 3x Virtex-4's (2x LX200, 1x FX100), and 1GB of DDR2.
    Its also got a Spartan II for configuration, a QuickLogic 5064 PCI bridge, and a Cypress MCU for USB and SmartMedia interfaces. Needless to say, it puts out alot of heat!


    Heres something thats more in your price range :)
    http://www.knjn.com/ShopBoards_PCI.html

    Dragon FPGA board
    * Xilinx's Spartan-II XC2S50TQ144 (50K gates) or XC2S100TQ144 (100K gates)
    * FPGA boot-PROM (100K version)
    * Connect to a PC through PCI and/or USB
    * Ethernet 10BASE-T + LCD + I2C + JTAG interfaces
    * FlashyD compatible (2 channels oscilloscope ADC board)
    US$239
     
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