Here at GadgetFactory we have put together the most common package people choose for getting going with FPGA yet Arduino style user friendly development.
The best way we have found for hardware users to branch into the field of VHDL programming and prototype debugging is this combo pack.
What you get is the cutting edge Papilio One or Pro FPGA development circuit board of your choice combined the LogicStart Megawing and free breadboard.
The free Ebook by Mike Fields on the Spartan FPGA chip with walk you step by step with the first steps to getting going well.
The Papilio Pro is a powerful, open-source, expandable development board perfect for the design and prototyping of your unique ideas. You can customize the capabilities of the Papilio with snap-on modular expansions called Wings (similar to Arduino shields) which provide added functionality to the board, and simultaneously expand the creative possibilities!
As the most powerful development board in Papilio series, Papilio Pro is based on Xilinx Spartan 6 LX FPGA. It offers exciting new features over the Papilio One, including 64Mb SDRAM, 64K Block SRAM, DSP Slices, Clock Management Tile, Multi-Boot, and an efficient switching power supply.
At its heart, the Papilio Pro has a Xilinx Spartan 6 LX9 FPGA chip, providing a plentiful amount of digital logic to quickly get your prototyping off the ground. In addition, you can code for the FPGA using established development tools, or you can use Gadget Factory's custom Arduino IDE to easily write Arduino code and upload it to the AVR8 soft processor!
Papilio Pro Features
- Spartan 6 LX9 FPGA (Datasheet)
- High efficiency LTC3419 Step Down Dual Voltage Regulator (Datasheet)
- Dual Channel FTDI FT2232 USB 2.0 Full Speed Interface (Datasheet)
- 64Mbit Micron MT48LC4M16 SDRAM (Datasheet)
- 64Mbit Macronix MX25L6445 SPI Flash (Datasheet)
- 48 I/O pins arranged in a Papilio Wing form factor
- 32Mhz Crystal Oscillator
Papilio Pro Resources
The LogicStart MegaWing provides everything needed to get started with VHDL and FPGA development on the Papilio with one convenient and easy to connect circuit board.
Learn VHDL with Mike Field's free eBook written specifically for the Papilio and LogicStart MegaWing. Step by step examples and full source code walks you through using all the peripherals on the LogicStart.
Dive into the exciting world of customizable Soft Processor's with the ZPUino. Custom peripheral's such as a ZX Spectrum compatible VGA adapter and classic audio chips are just a few of the exciting possibilities. The LogicStart gives you peripherals to experiment with!
Explore the VHDL source code of classic video games such as Pac-Man! The LogicStart's VGA output and Micro-Joystick allow all of the Papilio Arcade games to be synthesized.
- 7 Segment Display - 4 Character
- VGA Port - 3r,3g,2b VGA Output
- Mono Audio Jack - 1/8" Jack, Low Pass Filter, Delta Sigma DAC
- Micro-Joystick - 5 directions
- SPI ADC - 12-bit, 1Msps, 8 Channel
- 8 LED's - User Feedback
- 8 Slide Switches - User Input