Lattice sub-$30 PLD dev boards

Posted on Monday, March 4th, 2013 in CPLD, dev boards, FPGA by the machinegeek

Lattice Semiconductor is once again offering several PLD dev boards for under $30 each.
The available boards feature the MachXO2, MachXO 2280, ispMACH 4256ZE and the POWR1014.

Each Breakout Board is a 3” x 3” form factor and features GPIO breakout headers, USB B-mini connector for power and programming, an LED array, and prototype area. Along with the board and USB programming cable, each kit includes a pre-loaded demonstration design. By using free Lattice design tools you may then reprogram the on-board PLD device to review your own custom designs.

For more details on this offer, see the Lattice Semi breakout board webpage.

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23 Responses to “Lattice sub-$30 PLD dev boards”

  1. Very interesting. I only have experience with Altera and Xilinx chips.

  2. Winston says:

    Cheap (US$65), open source Spartan-6 FPGA development board:

    I’m in for one.

    • tayken says:

      Yep, backed that project just today. :)

    • Jim Narem says:

      Seems odd that there is no direct JTAG header on that Mojo board.

      • Winston says:

        That’s an incentive to reach their extended goal which they probably will achieve since they are only 1/3 into their alloted time and are already 2/3 of the way to the amount of backing they need to reach that goal. At that point, besides adding USB, they will:

        If we reach our stretch goal and the board gets redesigned I will be expanding the main headers to 2×25 pins instead of 2×20. The extra capacity will be used to break out these signals.

        Raw power (available on both headers)
        LED signals (might also use different pins to free up the global clock pins)
        Reset button signal
        JTAG signals
        Suspend signal
        Done signal (useful to connect multiple Mojo together)

  3. Drone says:

    How ’bout some context (for once) DP? How does this compare to your Xilinx CPLD breakouts?

  4. magetoo says:

    Good to know! I was going to get a MachXO2 Pico kit, but that deal ended in December. This board has a much bigger FPGA too..

  5. John says:

    Order the Item then get the quote for delivery. How to sucker somebody in

    Just got a quote of $101 to Fedex the item to Australia for a $30 item

    Told them to cancel the order

    • Winston says:

      No cheaper way to ship? That sounds like express delivery.

      • Tiersten says:

        I think thats the only option. The international shipping is always crazy expensive when ordering direct from Lattice. They’ve had similar deals several times in the past but once you add in shipping to other continents then the price is higher than if I had bought it locally for full price :|

      • Alan says:

        Not just Lattice. I’ve been quoted anywhere from $35 to $110. The most common reason is the reliance on USPS for delivery: USPS 1st class = $60, Priority = $85, Express = $125.

        Culprits include Silicon Labs (programmable oscillators), and Amidon Corp (ferrite toroids).

        DigiKey and Adafruit are better (about $35 shipping) but you’re still best off making a group purchase & splitting the postage if you can.

      • Winston says:

        Hmmmm, here are the USPS rates to Australia from various US carriers:

        Click on the “Priority” and “First Class” options, most are MUCH cheaper than Fedex. That’s the problem, Lattice is using Fedex since they come to the business to pick up the package although I believe USPS is now doing that, too. It’s just that Fedex got there first with that service, so most really large businesses that don’t sell a lot of merchandise to private individuals are already set up for Fedex in their ordering system. I checked the rates for a 2lb parcel to Sidney using Fedex:

        FedEx International First® 169.16
        FedEx International Priority® 119.21
        FeddEx International Economy® 114.39

        Wow! That’s insane and that’s for just 2lbs whereas the USPS flat rate Priority Mail box limit is 4lbs and costs only $24. 20lbs via Priority Mail costs $60.

        This brings up a kind of related question: how in the heck are Chinese sellers on eBay able to make a profit selling $1.00 items with free postage to the EU or US?

      • Tiersten says:

        The far east suppliers all use super cheap shipping companies with an account for large volume discounts. You won’t get the item for 2+ weeks at least as it’ll be on a boat for most of that time.

      • JohnT says:

        Just ordered the last one from mouser. $2 markup and $8 shipping.

  6. Alan says: – ispMACH 4256ZE = $35.41 Shipping charge: $39
    Total: $74.41

    For a markup like that, it needs to be more than a low-level CPLD board. Where are those cheap Chinese versions when you want them?

  7. Sleepwalker3 says:

    What’s the difference between these 3?

    They have reps in Aus, so why not contact them? – Nu Horizons Electronics

    For those in Aus concerned about post, Mouser can be done through X-on, price is $35+GST and post is $15 (air freighted to east coast).

  8. Kaludi says:

    I need Lattice products in Shenzhen – China – if how to get and where available
    If I can ask Lattice – or any one give me Lattice contact so i can ask them

    Athar Kaludi [ceo_premium at Yahoo]

  9. Alan says:

    The benchmark for price is still Seeed, with the DP CPLD. $15 + $2.95 delivery. Just ordered mine, waiting on the mail.

    At that price, I’d consider it a valid extension to the Bus Pirate Experimenter’s Kit.

  10. CN says:

    Lattice has Linux tools! Who knew?

    • Lloyd Atkinson says:

      I recently had to try install Xilinx Webpack (why is it even called “Web”, what does it have to do with the internet?) and I gave up, it took me a few hours to finally get it installed and then from that there is no obvious way of actually running it. Perhaps Lattice have better tools?

  11. aw870 says:

    This is a decent sized CPLD from Lattice Semiconductor, especially the MachXO2 breakout board. The I/O pins are arranged as || x ||, 2×20 male headers on either side of the CPLD chip itself.

    Are there any existing projects (with I/O in mind) that can be used with this board?

    Female header based I/O expansion base board, etc, etc?

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