Re: CPLDs/FPGAs toolchain

Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:03:13 +0200
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> On 2016-04-22, at 17:08, wrote:
> On Friday 22 April 2016, 16:43:37 wrote:
>> What do you guys use for developing your CPLDs and FPGAs? Do you use the
>> supplier provided tools or some free / GNU positions worth having a closer
>> look at?
> if you actually want to synthesize FPGA cores, then there is no other way than 
> using the vendor provided tools. i found the free stuff mostly useless for 
> anything (perhaps you can play a bit with vhdl but thats all)

Since my practical experience with both CPLDs and FPGAs is currently still wandering around $00, I am looking for something that would allow me to do some designs and test / simulate those even before synthesizing them for a particular chip. I recall my early experiences with Atmel/Microchip tools that put me off so much as to delay my first micro controller code more than a year. OTOH once I eventually set the free toolchain up outside of their terrible (at least at that time) IDEs I had a working device in a few hours. I am asking now because I wouldn't like to repeat the story with my first CPLD ;-)


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