CPLD and FPGA Boards

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CPLD and FPGA Boards

Post by Pito » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:08 pm

RogerClark wrote:@pito

Its a shame no one makes a cheap board with the XC9536XL on it, as for most people is not practical to solder SMD


PS.
What does the part of the circuit with 3 inverters in series do ?
There is an XC9572XL board for $15
https://www.seeedstudio.com/XC9572XL-CP ... p-799.html
and CoolRunner too
https://www.seeedstudio.com/XC2C64A-Coo ... p-800.html

The ring oscillator - in that design you can switch between local oscillator - the ring one, and the external oscillator. As the ring one does around 150MHz, you can measure periods with 6ns resolution. There are a few config options, so you can first measure the ring freq against millis() for example - like calibration. And then you may use calibrated ring oscillator for other measurements.
So the talented people may play. It was meant a toy for talented arduinists interested. Based on above seeed's 9572 board.
For experiments and study I recommend at least the 72 as it is bigger and you can place a lot of stuff inside.
36 is good when you have something ready - like the tft interface for example. But it is an additional level of effort most duinists avoid :)
PS: for $30 you can get a board with Spartan6 FPGA. So, indeed, the above CPLD boards shall cost something like $0.002 then :D

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As a pure breakout board without buttons, leds and regulator: 9536=$1, capacitors=$0.20, board from itead=$1.50, all single quantity (excep itead) - that is all :)
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Re: CPLD and FPGA Boards

Post by Pito » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:12 pm

Another design with XC9536XL and Arduino - 3y back - an 8MB large ramdisk, connected via 11 signal wires. CPLD worked as a controller of the 4Mx16 PSRAM memory. Lot of pictures there.
https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=220918.0
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Re: CPLD and FPGA Boards

Post by RogerClark » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:34 pm

Thanks.

What sparked my interest was seeing boards for less than $5, as I am not that likely to be developing bespoke boards with these devices on them, but sometimes I have a hobby project where a CPLD would be better than a microcontroller.

But using a $15 development board just to get a $2 chip doesn't seem that cost effective.

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Re: CPLD and FPGA Boards

Post by ahull » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:55 pm

There are a bunch of relatively cheap boards about.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Xilinx-XC9572 ... SwOdpX1h0X

For example. The usual caveats about quality no doubt apply. I may grab one at some stage to play with, I have no idea what I will do with it but they look like fun. :D
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Re: CPLD and FPGA Boards

Post by stevestrong » Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:45 pm

Btw, if you want to use it for TFT displays, this would be a reference: https://github.com/notro/fbtft/issues/134

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Re: CPLD and FPGA Boards

Post by RogerClark » Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:26 pm

Andy

I found some even cheaper boards

Https://www.aliexpress.com/item/XILINX- ... 39883.html

Albeit not quite as good as the one you linked to

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Re: CPLD and FPGA Boards

Post by ahull » Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:29 pm

RogerClark wrote:Andy

I found some even cheaper boards

Https://www.aliexpress.com/item/XILINX- ... 39883.html

Albeit not quite as good as the one you linked to
Also available on ebay I see -> http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/XILINX-CoolRu ... Swj85YPipI
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Re: CPLD and FPGA Boards

Post by Bingo600 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:31 pm

Does the board need to be 5v tolerant or

I like the $6 MAX240 CPLD boards.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1PCS-NEW-EPM240 ... 2086159418
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Altera-CPLD-FPG ... 2300935311

I did some fun here , including levelshifting from 3v3 to 1v8
http://forum.odroid.com/viewtopic.php?f=80&t=11888


There's also the $12 CycloneII EP2C5T144 FPGA Development Board
http://www.ebay.com/itm/CycloneII-EP2C5 ... 2515431263


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Re: CPLD and FPGA Boards

Post by Pito » Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:24 pm

The $30 Spartan6 boards I messed with this winter.

http://retrobsd.org/viewtopic.php?f=3&t ... =60#p44121
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