Sat Mar 21 10:09:48 CET 2009


I'd like to start doing some VHDL experiments.  What hardware to use?
There are 2 big players: Xilinx and Alterra.  Both have limited free
tools that work on linux.

It's a bit arbitrary, but I'm going to stick with Xilinx.
Circumstantial bias mostly points in that direction...

There are mainly 2 classes of devices:

  - high density: Virtex
  - low density: Spartan

Dev boards:

  Spartan 3A - 400k gates.

   49,-  http://www.xilinx.com/products/devkits/aes_sp3a_eval400_avnet.htm