this is actually embarrassing but i found this board at a local store... but i have no idea if this is what i wantwell, this is the board: http://www.ekt2.com/_files/41%20fpga%20trainer.pdf along with a pdf that's supposed to be a poorly translated manual (from chinese as i was told) it's is my first project with fpga so the question is... can i actually start with this thing ? can i program the device or i need a USB blaster or byte blaster? can i make a simle "blink led" project with this ?! Regatds, Hussein
From a quick look it seems that you will need an external JTAG probe to configure the FPGA, USB/Byte/Ethernet blaster.I hope it's really cheap because the Cyclone present on the board is quite limited in resources compared to more modern chips. If you have the money I'd advise to take a cyclone iii starter kit (http://www.altera.com/products/devkits/altera/kit-cyc3-starter.html) instead, the FPGA has a lot more logic resources and there is an embedded USB blaster.