This is my first time here and I am a university student. I started learning VHDL few days ago in my course and it is a pain to visit the university when I am off to work on the hardware and test the software I have written. Since I have no knowledge about the subject, I would like to ask which development board will suit me the best, as I would like to invest in one and study more effectively the subject.At university we work on EPM7128SLC84-10 device. The dev. board at university has seven segment display and keypad along with buttons and LEDs. I asked the technician if I can buy one and I am being told that just the board will cost £200 alone, leave apart the keypads and other attachments. So, I have decided to look around and find something economical and useful. I have seen this online http://wvshare.com/product/openepm1270-package-b.htm but not sure if I can learn and write the same code for this device as with the one at the university. There is one more which I have seen here :http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/cyclone-nios-ii-altera-fpga-development-board-ep2c8q208-usb-blaster-programmer-/261068283772?_trksid=p5197.m1992&_trkparms=aid%3d111000%26algo%3drec.current%26ao%3d1%26asc%3d14%26meid%3d4041169661525203032%26pid%3d100015%26prg%3d1006%26rk%3d1%26sd%3d261068283772%26 as well which have ALTERA CYCLONE II as an IC which again I am not sure at this stage if it will cater for my need as a beginner and still be useful when I am a more proficient in VHDL programming. Your inputs will be very valuable to me, so I thank you in advance.
Those two kits seem overpriced for what they have. In the same price range you have the de0 nano (http://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?language=english&categoryno=139&no=593) which is more powerful and should cover your needs for a very long while.
--- Quote Start --- Those two kits seem overpriced for what they have. In the same price range you have the de0 nano (http://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?language=english&categoryno=139&no=593) which is more powerful and should cover your needs for a very long while. --- Quote End --- Thanks Daixiwen, please excuse my ignorance about the subject based on what I am going to ask.
- The simple programs that I make in VHDL and then assign pins to it in Quartus II software can be done with this board as well?
- Are there separate modules available for this board (and from where) like keyed, 7 segments displays, 16x2 LCD display etc
Look at terasic dot com website. You can find all information about DE0-Nano board there, buy it and ask them directly about suitable add-on cards for DE0-Nano. It is really good board for learning.
--- Quote Start --- Look at terasic dot com website. You can find all information about DE0-Nano board there, buy it and ask them directly about suitable add-on cards for DE0-Nano. It is really good board for learning. --- Quote End --- Thanks for the answer. The website you recommended has many daughter boards but I could not see any related to 7 segment and keypad. I checked the IC on that board and it is some Cyclone iV series. I checked the comparable here and found this: http://wvshare.com/product/openep4ce6-c-package-b.htm . This is under my budget and what I would like to ask if this is similar to the de0 nano? The benefit I saw with this board is that it comes with a lot of attachments which the other board doesn't seem to offer.
It's quite different from the DE0-Nano. I have a DE0-Nano, and I've got one of the Waveshare EP4CE6 core boards on order. I'll design my own interface boards for it, and the DE0-Nano.
--- Quote Start --- If you do end up with the Waveshre, don't forget to buy the programmer (as it is not integrated). --- Quote End --- So guys, if I buy this: http://wvshare.com/product/openep4ce6-c-package-b.htm and this : http://wvshare.com/product/usb-blaster-v2.htm
- Will I be up and running or will I need anything else?
- Is the IC on this board too inferior to the one in DE0 Nano?
Yes this is what you need, and yes the FPGA is inferior to the one on the DE0. You will need also a bunch of modules. For example if you plan to run a Nios II CPU, you would need a SDRAM board.On the DE0 the SDRAM is already included, and you have the expansion ports. It would be easy to make a prototype board connecting the the DE0 Nano, with a keypad and 7 segment displays.
Terasic also offers a nice utility for DE0-Nano to generate Quartus projects - you can spent the time for learning instead of writing boring pin definition and device settings files.