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    Cyclone IV learning board

    Hello guys,
    I'm very sorry if this is not the right section, this question doesen't strictly regard FPGA design but I didn't find a better place.
    So I wanted to learn about VHDL and FPGAs to bring to the next level my projects, although FPGA are usually very expensive, I found this cheap fpga devboard on ebay which includes some I/O ports and devices to test it and learn quickly without the need to waste time building small circuits.
    Here is the link. The price seems legit, I saw the fpga only comes for like 10 dollars. The problem is I cannot find that specific product other than on ebay, I don't understand who manifactures that board and if it is trustworthy.
    Do you think I should buy it? I reckon it is not that powerful, its just for learning purposes.

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    Re: Cyclone IV learning board

    Haven't viewed this, but maybe this will help you decide. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9qC44bT3r4

    From the quick search I did it appears to be a cheap Chinese product that is from some fly-by-night company that may have gone out of business (links to the product on sites like ali express are no longer valid) . There are schematics and documentation available online from what I saw.


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    Re: Cyclone IV learning board

    Every board is OK if there is a documentation for it -- you don't want to guess which FPGA pin is connected to what peripheral. I use eval. board from Terasic/Altera because there is a good documentation with examples (Altera Univesity Program) and you can find lots of project at the internet made by other people.


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    Re: Cyclone IV learning board

    OK thank you very much, then I'll be focusing on price and documentation.
    I found a Xilinx spartan 6 based board from numato lab which is nicely documented and seems to offer much more performance at a slightly lower price with respect to that cyclone with 9k logic elements instead of 6k, and 6 inputs LUT instead of 4.
    Also Terasic offers students discount for the DE10lite at the same price poin with a MAX10 with 50k LEs, though I'm not sure if I'm eligible being italian and also I'm afraid of customs since it's hard to tell from where it is shipped...



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    Re: Cyclone IV learning board

    Ask at mouser.it if you are eligible:

    http://www.mouser.it/ProductDetail/T...8yhGMK6JK2Y%3d

    I bought some Terasic -EDU boards from my local European distributor without any problems when I was at university.



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