99 dollar PCI-E FPGA kit

in dev boards, FPGA by Ian | 6 comments

riktw tipped us to a LatticeECP3 Versa development kit:

i got this in a lattice newsletter per e-mail today.
a big PCB with a big FPGA and a fast PCI-E connection for just 99 dollars. after some googeling i found the quickstart PDF from it, it looks like good value for money but not for beginners.
so if you ever had the urge to develop your own video card or network card, well today’s your lucky day :)

Thanks riktw! Via the forum.

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Comments

  1. makomk says:

    Ouch. I’ve suddenly remembered the reason I’ve never seriously considered messing with PCI-e FPGA stuff. The normal list price of $300 for the board is expensive enough in itself, but normally it’d cost another $900 a year on top of that for the software required to develop for it. (They’re including a year’s free license restricted to that board for the duration of this promotion. I’m not sure if the software disables itself after that and you have to pay more money or if you just stop getting software updates.)

  2. Drone says:

    Ya, the crippleware dev env is a deal-killer. Sell the board with no factory software support other than free upgrades and open an end-user forum for community support. When will these Marketing Goons get it?

  3. hardcore says:

    The license bounces latest on the 31st, 2012
    At that time your hardware is basically scrap unless you subscribe to their extended annual license, then there is ‘module’ licenses on top of that.
    So if you compile a bit file within the license time, the bit file will still work after the license expires, but if you re-compile the file, then it will be blocked by the software license.

  4. Ozkan says:

    this is fantastic card, I know a guy that develops a multiemulator s/ware that uses that card as 6502/z80/68000 all from opencores!
    his UAE (amiga emulator) works like a charm using an FPGA 68k!

  5. aw870 says:

    This thread is about 2 years old now. Are there alternatives to the Diamond Design Suite.

  6. Keith Shemeley says:

    Is there an update on this? Is the board useable only with the Diamond software? Is there a public domain work around to the Diamond software? Does the Diamond software provided with this board, the “LatticeECP3 Versa development kit” in fact expire making the board unusable is some sense as stated above? The board now seems to cost $262, but that might still be worth it if there are no additional costs.

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