Somewhat OT: FPGA Develpment Kits
class at fliptronics.com
Tue Nov 21 13:11:38 CST 2006
On Mon, 20 Nov 2006 14:40:35 -0800, you wrote:
>Not vintage, but closely related.
>Rather than write some emulation software, I'd like to see if I can
>implement some simpler CPU designs in FPGA.
>I see various development kits out there with various capabilities
>(I/O memory, displays, etc.).
>Is there any particular kit that stands heads and shoulders above the
>others? Is there a preference between Xilinx and Altera?
>I'm just looking for some pointers here.
There are many board vendors. Most are listed here:
This type of stuff is regularly discussed in comp.arch.fpga
The web site http://fpgacpu.org/ is a somewhat dated collection of related
material, but importantly includes the three articles from Jan Gray that
were published in Circuit Cellar in 2000:
There is also a Yahoo group, but it is pretty dead.
The first CPU in an FPGA was designed by me in 1990, The RISC4005/R16.
It had flashing lights and paddle switches just like any other REAL computer.
The architecture was a 16 bit that looked a bit like the AMD29000 RISC.
Does it now rate as classic ? :-)
philip at fliptronics.com
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