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-progra... 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.
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
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.