Thanks for the info. I will look it over. As for the applications, I am looking at doing some digital signal processing, possibly a LF radio receiver.
As to the connectors on the Red Pitaya, I know that the interconnects to be able to chain multiple Red Pitayas together are SATA connectors. The other digital connectors I believe are IDE connectors. Don't quote me on the last one, but I am pretty sure that is what it is. I can find out more about them here for you if you are interested.
Not listed, but a contender is the Cyclone V GX Starter kit by Terasic [$180]. The big thing to consider is: what do you want to do, and how do you plan to hook it up?
PMOD connectors are a good start, that's why I bought the Lattice board. But once your speed rises, you need a high-speed logic interface, which means FMC - or HSMC. Parallellas and microZeds uses non-standard interfaces. I suspect even the Red Pitaya boards stack using something non-standard [don't quote me].
I've seen a link for a FMC-to-HSMC adapter but not vice-versa, which gives a slight edge to Altera. I'm looking fast ADC's: the Terasic high speed AD/DA card [$220] runs at 65Msps. Total cost: $400 - or $50 cheaper than a Red Pitaya. However, the Red Pitaya has an even faster ADC.
I got a RainSong graphite/carbon fiber guitar... with Fishman electronics. My wife contributed, but she's not going to buy me gear, electronics, etc. as a surprise. Too much money involved.
Kind of shopping for a new Android tablet at the moment, but I figure I'll use the current one (Galaxy Note 8) a bit longer, even though I favor the 10" kind. My home PC is a beast -- six cores, 64GB, three screens, huge SSD and RAIDs, etc. It doesn't move.
Once you have a system like this, laptops are just an exericse in torture for any CAD work. And once you leave out CAD work (and the hobby stuff: music, video, photography, and other things that really just rock in front of all this hardware), what's left is pretty much as good on a tablet as anything else. And if you already know Linux, Android is just a natural... tablet-friendly GUI, but you could write code on it if you felt like it (and yeah, I do have Emacs installed...).
I would love to hear what you think of it. I am looking to get an FPGA dev board. I am leaning towards something that has a Spartan 6 on it. I think that I have figure out what project I want to do with it, it should be interesting. I will do it in conjunction with the Red Pitaya when it comes.
The CoIDE is pretty nice. It is nice that it has a set of user examples. There are a few things that I do not like about it, but on the whole it works pretty well.
@Aeroengineer: The icestick is... on hold. I wanted to use it first, but alas! There's a download [Icecube2] from Lattice required, and something is causing the file transfer to fail about half-way through. I've sent an email to Lattice about this.
Meanwhile, I'm setting up the STM32 toolchain as per your suggestion. So far, so good.
I think that you have a pretty pragmatic approach. Right now, I do not see myself anytime soon going back to a dual booted machine. Running it as a VM for the occasional program that I need is working well.
On the other hand, a –nix type OS is great for things like the Beaglebone Black. It allows a device like that to be able to be more versatile (though not a desktop replacement). I really need to play with the one I have some more. I think that it is a really great device.
I have a soft rule tht I don't upgrade anything until the first revision bump or service pack, unless I have to do so, or I particularly want some new feature. There are almost always a few peoblems, occasionally bad ones.
That's true of all my CAD and software packages as well as OSs.
I know a few iPhone people who recently wished they'd had the same philosophy.
Like you I can't afford to waste my time fixing things that get broken. I choose on the whole to let others firnd and report the unexpected consequences.
With Ubuntu, I tend to treat the 'standard releases' as release candidates and the LTSs as the formal releases. With Microsoft I tend to wait for sp1 or for around 3 months before I update.
I did get very cross indeed with Ubuntu when they switched from Gnome to Unity, as for once I _did_ use a new release rather than an LTS, with the view that it would be much quicker for me to get an Ubuntu system up and running properly than a Windows system (I had less than 3 hours; Windows I can install in that time, collecting and installing tools, too, made it improbable I'd manage it) I was shocked that Ubuntu installed Unity, which I find awful to use, and found impossible quickly to configure. I started over with an older LTS and just about completed in time (like by 3 minutes, IIRC). I thought I knew better than to do that, but apparently not :-(
No, I was running the standard distribution of Ubuntu for -nix programs. If I needed to use a Windows program, I would boot into windows (dual boot machine). The programs I was running were things like OpenFoam and a handful of other CAE programs.
I know of the LTS versions, but to me if I cannot run the latest released version without any major issues, then it is a beta version. The updates are essentially equivilent to service packs. Heck updating from Vista to Win8 is easier than reinstalling the missing programs.
For me, an OS is a tool. When it comes to my tools, I want them to just work. I do not want to have to fix the tool. My standard usage model does not require a lot of customized OS installations, hence that is no benefit to me. In summary it just did not fit my requirements. This does not mean that it is a bad OS.
There were a few other things that I fould annoying (like any OS that someone uses). I dislike having to enter a pasword for everything. To me this was as annoying as the Vista UAC issue.
Once again, this is not to say that -nix OS's do not have their place. there are some usage models that make it the right choice. I still run it from time to time when I have a program that only runs on a -nix installation (though I usually run it as a VM).