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Dear Comunity:

Does anybody know a site which provides a free schematic of FPGA programmer? Or someone who knows about a site which offer a simple in desing FPGA programmer.

Any information or suggestions will be well received. Thanks.
 

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free fpga programer circuit

What FPGA family?

I assume you're talking about JTAG programmable devices or some instant-on chips?

Please be more specific in this issue since there are many manufacturers and chip families...
 

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fpga programmer circuit

The simplest download cable of Altera/Xilinx are all free to download from their official website.
 

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odesus said:
Dear Comunity:

Does anybody know a site which provides a free schematic of FPGA programmer? Or someone who knows about a site which offer a simple in desing FPGA programmer.

Any information or suggestions will be well received. Thanks.

I'm not sure that I can fully understand your question. But some ideas below would be useful to you!

First, you must let us know which family of FPGA you are using? I'm favour of Xilinx products so all that I put here is related to Xilinx FPGA!

For download cable, it's free in some website over the internet. I think you'd better do a search via https://www.google.com

I really do not understand the sense of the word "programmer"? Does it mean a circuit that receive the file *.bit from the PC and push it into the FPGA chip? If so, I think it's not easy to find free version. So why don't you take a look at a development board from Xilinx?
for Spartan-3 family:
https://www.xilinx.com/products/spartan3/s3boards.htm#

Best regard!
 

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Hi,
If you are working on a Xilinx FPGA or CPLD you can use a cable called Parallel-III cable.
It is very simple and cheap.

Kasra
 

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Hi ,
Please refere to https://www.xess.com.
There are schematics of some FPGA boards. They included a programming circuit and the programming program.
Kasra
 

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download xilinx fpga programmer

The Best free FPGA Board design available is at
**broken link removed**
 

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Re: URGENT!! a free FPGA programmer

whizkid said:
The Best free FPGA Board design available is at
h**p://calinx.eecs.berkeley.edu/

Thank you for your link above, by the way, I would like to ask you some question please:
- What is evaluation board for? I mean its purpose
- What is development board for? I mean its purpose
- Is this FPGA board design is for testing the design? After downloading the bitstream into FPGA chip via JTAG Cable and this Board, we can test whether our design is right or not?

Thank you in advance!
 

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URGENT!! a free FPGA programmer

well as for board there are several projects
on https://www.opencores.org

some of them are completed:
**broken link removed**

**broken link removed**
 

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Re: URGENT!! a free FPGA programmer

semiconductor said:
whizkid said:
The Best free FPGA Board design available is at
h**p://calinx.eecs.berkeley.edu/

Thank you for your link above, by the way, I would like to ask you some question please:
- What is evaluation board for? I mean its purpose
- What is development board for? I mean its purpose
- Is this FPGA board design is for testing the design? After downloading the bitstream into FPGA chip via JTAG Cable and this Board, we can test whether our design is right or not?

Thank you in advance!

FPGA Evaluation and development board are one and the same .. and your explanation is correct.. they might contain some extra peripherals like USB,ethernet PHY etc and will be interfaced with the FPGA .. so as to make your life easier when developing some IP Cores which need those interfaces..
 

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Re: URGENT!! a free FPGA programmer

Making FPGA programer is very easy... just select the FPGA which u wanna use for ur board and interface it as shown in datasheet. U can put some features like LED supprot, buffers, Crystals. U can use either direct Jtag programing or in SRAM based tech , u can use serial EPROMs. General overview of Evalution board will be there in perticular companies website.. like ALTERA , XILINX... but the onl thing is u have to purchase download cable for that.. which will cost u from 150$ to 500$.. but full evalution board ( university version) will be cheaper .
 

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which is better xilinx or altera?

Firstable thanks for all your suggestions!. But I have another question: which devices are better: Xilinx or altera?.

I mean which company offer more facilties like programm disponibility (free development plataforms), better architectures in FPGA devices for projects of more complexity and efective cost in their tools & devices.

Thanks.
 

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Re: URGENT!! a free FPGA programmer

If you desire the security feature, you can choose the Xilinx VirtexII FPGA family. If you consider the cost, you can choose the altera FPGA.In my opinion, the xilinx FPGA is powerful and is stabilization.
 

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Re: URGENT!! a free FPGA programmer

better u go for ALERA .. its cheap and easy at this stage....later u can go for xilinx board since its providing lots of facilities....with Virtex and spartan series..
 

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URGENT!! a free FPGA programmer

I'm favour of Xilinx chips so I'll recommend you to choose Xilinx products.

It also offers free tools.
 

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