Introduction to FPGA

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by bug13, May 23, 2013.

  1. bug13

    Thread Starter Senior Member

    Feb 13, 2012

    I want play around with FPGA on the coming school break, can you recommend a good starter kit for me please.

    Or you have come across a good introduction tutorial, please share it here, thanks a lot
    Last edited: May 23, 2013
  2. tshuck

    Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2012
    The Spartan 3E Starter Board is a bit pricey, but it is a very nice development board. There are other, cheaper boards, like the Nexys boards over at, the Nexys II uses a Spartan 3 chipset, actually, the same as the starter board, but without many of the peripherals, no ADC, if I remember correctly.

    Xilinx devices are probably the easiest for newcomers, but I'm sure that is a subjective comment.
  3. Brownout

    Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2012
    Also check out Altera dev boards. Check a company called Terasic. Also, there are cheaper board makers, but I don't have their names. Google for Altera development board. Nice thing about altera is, if you use one of their Cyclone boards, they let you use the full too suite (internet version) including their IP suite and QSYS builder.

    I also find Altera tools easier to learn.