What's the difference between these little scamps ... and what are you using yours for?
Do you recall my blog from a few days ago in which I asked Which FPGA development board are you using?. At that time, I mentioned that I'd heard a few horror stories from designers I know ... but these were nothing to the tales of woe I heard in response to my blog.
I'm planning on writing this all up in the not-so-distant future, but there's still time for you to send me your input: What board are you using? Who made it? What do you love about it? What do you loath about it?
In the meantime, I've been pondering the difference between the following:
- FPGA Evaluation Boards
- FPGA Prototyping Boards
- FPGA Development Boards
- FPGA Development Kits
I know what I think the difference is, but I'd be very interested to hear what you think. Also, does anyone also offer "FPGA Evaluation Kits" and "FPGA Prototyping Kits" (in addition to Evaluation and Prototyping boards)?
Further to this, what are you actually using these boards for? By this I mean are you simply using these boards to learn how to use an FPGA in general, or are you actually using them to prototype and/or develop a real system that you intend to produce and deploy?
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