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Low cost, Suitable USB key style FPGA development kit for students

Altera_Forum
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Hi 

 

Can you orientate me in the best direction so I can recommend my students a low cost FPGA development kit which they can program with Quartus II on a PC? I believe there are USBkey style FPGAs which may be programmable from a PC usin Quartus II. If you can make a recommendation, that would be great. 

 

Thnks 

Ian
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Altera_Forum
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These are the two common solutions: 

BeMicro: http://www.altera.com/b/nios-bemicro-evaluation-kit.html 

De0-Nano: http://www.altera.com/education/univ/materials/boards/de0-nano/unv-de0-nano-board.html 

BeMicro is the most compact solution, since it fits in the PC like a USB stick. This is perfect if you only need to work with the fpga itself. However, in you'd like to have I/O features and/or connecting to any external device, I'd rather have De0. 

 

If you search with your local distributors, you'll certanly find other third party kits.
Altera_Forum
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Hi Ian, 

 

Arrow/Altera have three kits in their BeMicro series; BeMicro (linked to by Cris72), BeMicro-SDK, and BeMicro-CV 

 

http://parts.arrow.com/item/detail/arrow-development-tools/bemicrocv#cpgg 

http://www.arrownac.com/solutions/bemicro-sdk/ 

 

Terasic/Arrow have the DE0-nano. 

http://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?no=593 

 

What projects were you hoping to have the students work on? The 100-mil headers on the DE0-nano are easier to interface to than the 80-pin edge connector on the BeMicro or BeMicro-SDK, but the BeMicro-CV has both 100-mil headers. 

 

This thread has a BeMicro-CV example ... 

 

http://www.alteraforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=43992 

 

I have all of these boards, so can provide further comments if you have specific questions. 

 

Cheers, 

Dave
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