help me to find a FPGA dev board for getting started suggest me a cheap and best dev board?
saheen_palayi last edited by
i'm new to the FPGA world ,looking for a fpga dev board to getting started ,I hope u guys will help me to find out ,thanks
salmanfaris last edited by salmanfaris
Hi @saheen_palayi , It depends on what exactly you want to do with the FPGA kit. and don't have much experience with FPGA, but I can help you Lattice iCEstick Evaluation Kit to get started.
Lattice iCEstick Evaluation Kit
It's available at fablab Kochi and Trivandrum if you want to try it out without buying.
The iCEstick Evaluation Kit includes:
• iCEstick Evaluation Board – features the following on-board components
– High-performance, low-power iCE40HX1K FPGA
– FTDI 2232H USB device allows iCE device programming and UART interface to a PC
– Vishay TFDU4101 IrDA transceiver
– Five user LEDs
– 2 x 6 position Diligent PmodTM compatible connector enables many other peripheral connections
– Discera 12Mhz MEMS oscillator
– Micron 32Mbit N25Q32 SPI flash
– Supported by Lattice iCEcube2 design software
– USB connector provides the power supply
– 16 LVCMOS/LVTTL (3.3V) digital I/O connections on 0.1” through-hole connections
• Pre-loaded demo design – the kit includes the pre-loaded demo design that flashes the on-board LEDs in a
• USB connector – provides communication and debug port via a USB-to-RS-232 physical channel and programming interface to the PC.
goran.mahovlic last edited by goran.mahovlic
Our board is not cheapest possible, but has lots of things already onboard.
Board is also supported by opensource toolchain!
For workshop material with our board you can check here:
Price for 12F board is 75€ plus shipping.
If you like it you can contact me at:
@Richu-Bini thanks for posting the question . just for a brief about pwm, pulse width modulation technique is a method to change the duty cycle of a wave. Which means you can determine how much time a signal must be on or off.
So, coming to the question, software pwm and hardware pwm is just two different ways of producing same result. In software(referring Arduino here) you'll just write a value between 0 to 255 inorder to determine duty cycle percentage. For example 0 is 0% duty cycle which means the cycle is on for 0% of whole time, similarly 127 means 50% of time cycle will be on and 255 means signal will be on for ever. This is regarding software.
Coming to hardware, you can generate a pwm signal using very simple passive component, called as potentiometer and 555 timer IC by using 555 timer as bistable multivibrator(The generated output will have two stable states 0 and Vmax, hence the name bistable) and changing the resistance using a potentiometer generates different duty cycles. This is the difference between hardware and software pwm. Please let me know if I haven't explained what you have expected.
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