I have been interested by the FPGA technology for some time so finally here is a new toy that joins my workbench: a DE0-Nano board from Terasic. Smaller than an Arduino but with the same spirit of a platform opened to experimentation and not constrained by too much pre-wired peripherals. It’s up to you what you will do will the 40-pin headers.
What is on the board:
- Altera Cyclone IV EP4CE22F17C6N
- 32 MB SDRAM
- EPCS16 configuration device
- Integrated USB Blaster (Programmer and JTAG interface)
- Some peripherals: digital accelerometer, A/D converter, EEPROM, some leds and switches
A simple board powerful enough to get started with soft-core processors. My plan is to test system design based on the LEON3 GPL core from Gaisler Research.