RE: CPLD/FPGA course

From: Bil Herd <>
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2012 15:45:07 -0400
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I have seen Xylinx parts not work at speed, as in internal noise, ultimately
Xylinx admitted that there were problems.  This was some of their big
expensive parts that ultimately couldn’t be "loaded up and ran" as this wasn’t
not a subtle problem where you track down a glitch, whole sections
propagated invalid states.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Michal Pleban
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2012 5:08 AM
Subject: Re: CPLD/FPGA course

Bil Herd wrote:

> I switched from Xylinx to Altera years ago and so tend to recommend
> their stuff.  Their Quartus software is free , I recommend version 9.1
> as there is still waveforms for testing instead of text prinout.
> There are also tons of literature on their site.  Software and lit also
> free from Xylinx.

I worked on Altera chips / boards at the university, and remember Quartus
software as being very nice development environment (though a big resource
hog). Also Altera chips tend to be a bit cheaper than Xilinx.


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