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Purchase Intel FPGA Board

TechDeveloper
Novice
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Dear Sir:

 

      I am new to Intel FPGAs and its IDE and I wanted to purchase a development board to be utilized for RF communication applications.  

      My experience with the Texas Instruments line of microprocessors, was a good experience because non-volatile memory was on chip.      Therefore, my first question is, do any Intel FPGA boards have non-volatile memory on chip.   

       Now, before I hear replies, like you are trying to compare "apples with oranges", FPGAs and microprocessors are 2 two different items....

       I own and program Xilinx development boards and an embedded processor is on chip within the development board.    I am assuming the Intel FPGA development boards are competitive with the Xilinx boards and they have the processor on chip.   

       Since the assumption is made that Intel development boards have a processor and FPGA fabric on chip, my next question is directed towards non-volatile memory, can anyone tell me whether any Intel development boards have on chip non-volatile memory (along with the "assumed" FPGA fabric and embedded processor)? 

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JohnT_Intel
Employee
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Hi,


All FPGA board will have on-board non-volatile memory which is used to store FPGA bitstreams. For FPGA with Processor then I would recommend you to use SOC device.


Below is the few option of the board that you may used.


TechDeveloper
Novice
281 Views

Dear JohnT;

 

       Thank you for your reply.  

 

       I was overlooking the kit that you had pointed me to.    I have a few questions about the kit that I think only you can answer.    

       Years ago, I bought a Brevia FPGA development board, (Lattice Semiconductor), and it was advertised to have free software.    One year later, the license expired and I discovered that my license was not free.   To continue developing on my kit, I had to purchase their software at an unbelievable price.      That experience was a very rude surprise.     

        Learning from that experience, I have to pose these questions because the link(s) that you pointed me to do not elaborate upon costs and if I click on link to get more information, I get a "server error" see attachments.       My questions are in two parts, one part concerns the development tools and the other question concerns the "free" Quartus download.  

 

First question:     How do the "development tools" augment the "free" Quartus download and how does it differ (do I require these tools to develop on the "cyclone" board that you had pointed me to)?   Are the software "development tools" free?

2nd question:   Is the free Quartus download license free and does it ever expire?

 

JohnT_Intel
Employee
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Hi,


Quartus Lite Edition will be free for life on the board that I suggested. The only limitation is that certain CORE IP (such as Nios II core IP) will not be available to be used. No expiry date on the license.


TechDeveloper
Novice
273 Views

Hi, John;

      Thank you for your reply.   

       When the Intel "server" begins to operate correctly.    Can you get back to me with regard to this question:

How do the "development tools" augment the "free" Quartus download and how does it differ (do I require these tools to develop on the "cyclone" board that you had pointed me to)?   Are the software "development tools" free?

       Thank you for your replies, they are appreciated.

JohnT_Intel
Employee
266 Views

Hi,


You can check the different of Quartus tools from https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/programmable/us/en/pdfs/literature/po/ss-quartus-comparison.pd.... The Quartus Lite version is a free version of tools that support the tools that you are using.


You can download the tools from https://fpgasoftware.intel.com/?edition=lite.



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