Advice on purchasing an development board

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by icem, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. icem

    Thread Starter New Member

    Nov 15, 2009
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    Hi

    I really want to purchase an development board, so i can get some hands on practice with micro controllers and programming in Embedded C.

    Is there one where you can work with FPGA and micro controllers??

    As I already know how to program in VHDL I was going to get this board
    https://www.google.com/url?q=http:/...ds-cse&usg=AFQjCNHkhXEtR77XS65pCOVBmcndiWms6g

    If anyone can suggest a development board for like intermediate level , i would really appreciate it.

    Thank you
     
  2. MrChips

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    FPGA and MCU are two completely different families. You have to choose one or the other.
    For either, you choose the chip family and manufacturer first then you select the development board.
     
  3. ErnieM

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    Dangerous Prototypes (http://dangerousprototypes.com/) designed a $15 cheapie dev board for a CPLD device. I ordered one last week to play with, but as I believe they come from China I have yet to receive it. That covers the FPGA side with minimal investment.

    For the micro side, I would advice a PICkit 2 or 3 Debug Express kit from Microchip:

    http://www.microchip.com/stellent/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&nodeId=1406&dDocName=en023805

    http://www.microchip.com/stellent/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&nodeId=1406&dDocName=en538340
     
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