Free PCB: CPLD development boards

To celebrate the launch of our new CPLD development boards we’re giving away PCBs. Just ask for a CoolRunner-II or XC9572XL dev-board in the comments, if you have a project in mind we’d like to hear about it too.

Assembled CoolRunner-II and XC9572XL development boards are available now for $15.

Are you interested in blogging with us? Drop us a line. This probably won’t be a paid position, but you get a back stage pass, free PCBs, and free projects. US and international bloggers are welcome.

Some stuff:

  • Yes, we’ll mail it anywhere in the world!
  • Be sure to use a real e-mail in the address field so we can contact you for shipping info.
  • First come, first serve. If we can’t contact the first commenters, or there’s no reply within 24 hours, we move down the list. You could consider making a request even if it looks like all the PCBs are gone.
  • Like everything else on this site, PCBs are offered without warranty.

Join the Conversation


  1. I’d very much like either board. To be honest, I’m not experienced Verilog or VHDL so my first “project” would be an Instructable going over the basics including programming with a Bus Pirate and setting up FOSS dev tools. Thanks!

  2. I’d love the CoolRunner-II! If they’ve run out, I’d like the XC9500XL
    Thank you :)

  3. I would love a board as well. Preference would be for a XC9572XL, but if you run out, I wouldn’t mind the CoolRunner instead.

  4. I’d love to get a hold of one of these. I’ve been wanting to get into CPLDs more! My preference would be a CoolRunner-II, but I’d be thrilled with either one! Thanks!

  5. Definitely, been looking to get into CPLDs. I’d like a XC9500XL, please :) I’m working on replacing a bunch of 7400-series logic gates for a Commodore 64 cartridge.

  6. I would like to get a XC9500XL, please. I really wanted to get know how CPLDs work but was not sure which tools i should get.

  7. I would like to request for a coolrunner board if it is not too late. I have no experience with CPLD, so hopefully this board would be a good starting point.

  8. I’d also like to have one of these. I would prefer one XC9572XL board. I was thinking if this could be either used as sophisticated DDS generator or as analysis hardware in a home made cosmic muon experiment (trigger, coincidence logic, time measurement with multiple geiger counters, photo multipliers, etc). I always wanted to try something like this.

  9. I’d love to get one (prefer XC9572).
    Want to use it for graphics acceleration and offloading an ATMEGA 2560 which has a mobile display attached.

  10. I could certainly utilize one of those XC9572XL boards. Started Banging bits on a Xilinx XC9572XL CPLD just this weekend. That Board would be very very useful to a CPLD novice such as myself. Thank you.

    1. Hi werejag – I’m sorry, it’s first come, first serve, and we ran out by that point. We sent them out to everyone who specified a board type until they were gone. We do have a few left that will be giveaways on this week’s Free PCB Sunday though, so there will be another chance.

  11. Would you kind folks consider sending me one of these boards (even though this post is over seven months old)?


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