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Spartan 3E Starter Kit, Spartan Starter Kit, Cyclone II.

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Spartan 3E Starter Kit, Spartan Starter Kit, Cyclone II. Which one is the best suit me?

I am new in FPGA. And I am thinking to implement my DSP and Baseband Wireless Communication Algorithm to FPGA (as a hobby). I am looking for the lowest price and most useful that I can learn it myself. Which one would you suggest? And which one is the most popular used in inudstry (I mean Xilinx or Altera)? Thx.
 

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Spartan 3E is the latest of three you mentioned. It is a decent kit with good features. You can get them from digilent or Xilinx themselves. Cyclone III would be a better choice as it gives more resources for the same cost but I doubt that the kit costs less than a S3E kit. Bottom line is if you can afford it go for Cyclone III or else Spartan 3E.

If you have no prior experience with a kit or FPGAs in general you better start implementing your algorithms and simulate them to get a feel of what resources are exactly required. Both Xilinx ISE and Altera Quartus have free editions.
 

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