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Make: FPGAs by David Romano

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Chapter 1. Overview

When it comes to off-the-shelf FPGA development boards, the sky is the limit. There are many options to choose from. Prices can range from under $50 to thousands of dollars. For this book, I chose to keep the price window between $50 and $200. After price, one of the primary things to consider when choosing an FPGA board is what you will be using it for. For most of us it will be general experimentation, but some of you may already have a specific project in mind.

When looking at FPGA boards we obviously want to know the vendor, family, and size of the FPGA device. A good rule of thumb is the larger the device, the more it will cost. The next thing to look at is what features the platform supports. The most important of these ...

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