Saturday, March 29, 2014


I've been reconsidering my FPGA selection lately. With my current interest in developing low-cost PCI Express designs, the $80 or so that I'm shelling out for each Altera Cyclone V GX is becoming a pricey way to work on my home-brew designs. Based on Digikey pricing, the cheapest Altera Cyclone V GX is ~$80, the cheapest Xilinx Spartan-6 25T is ~$50, and the Lattice ECP3 family capable of PCIe starts at around $30.

$30 is enough to entice me to test drive Lattice's development tools and see how mature they are.

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