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What is different between all these boards?

Hello: 

I'm study on FPGA boards, in the beginning, I bought Cyclone IV board, then i"m amazed about the numbers of FPGA boards that available, same model but different price one is 199$ and the other 6,999$ !! 

why are all these difference? and how to decide to buy a general purpose board lets say ($300 - $500)? 

thanks
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Altera_Forum
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It will be interfaces expensive boards tend to be the top end stratix devices with 8x pcie. Cheaper boards may not have pcie at all. 

 

Also check other specs
Altera_Forum
Honored Contributor I
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and your suggestion for all-in -one board that i can use for long time?

Altera_Forum
Honored Contributor I
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It depend immensely on what your design goal with the FPGA is. What is the use case?

Altera_Forum
Honored Contributor I
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I'm still student, but after that what is the key points for choose what board?

Altera_Forum
Honored Contributor I
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Well, I like this Cyclone V kit for learning and experimenting with FPGA. It has a low entry price. 

 

http://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?language=english&categoryno=163&no=941 

 

This kit also contains a dual-core ARM CPU, but you don't have to use/activate it to be able to use the FPGA.
Altera_Forum
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thank you very much

Altera_Forum
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Hello: 

I'm study on FPGA boards, in the beginning, I bought Cyclone IV board, then i"m amazed about the numbers of FPGA boards that available, same model but different price one is 199$ and the other 6,999$ !! 

why are all these difference? and how to decide to buy a general purpose board lets say ($300 - $500)? 

thanks 

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Hi, 

 

The different price are mainly on the type of the FPGA and the other features on the board. 

 

If you want a Cyclone IV board, here is some information for your reference. 

For beginners or students, it’ll suggest taking de0-nano (http://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?language=english&categoryno=139&no=593) into your consideration as its features and the price will be more suitable for beginners. 

If you would like to do more or learn more, then de2-115 (http://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?language=english&categoryno=139&no=502) would be a nice option, too. 

 

Moreover, de0-cv (http://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?language=english&categoryno=13&no=921&partno=2) will also be a good fit for beginners, though it’s Cyclone V. 

 

Still, it’ll depend on your needs to choose the boards. 

 

Let me know if you have any question. 

Thanks. 

Mavis from Terasic.
Altera_Forum
Honored Contributor I
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Hi wst170, 

 

The Terasic boards are all very nice. They come with schematics, and the boards have lots of features. The DE0-nano is a nice low-cost simple board to get started. The DE-series of boards are all pretty nice too. 

 

Have you thought of a project you'd like to implement? If not, think of one, figure out what kind of I/O you think you will need, and then ask which board to buy. 

 

Some of Terasic's more recent boards have Arduino shield headers, so they might be a good option if you want to interface to the real-world. 

 

Cheers, 

Dave
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