Re: CPLDs/FPGAs toolchain

From: Hegedűs István <>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:07:18 +0200
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I am using Xilinx ISE webpack. I don't know other FPGA vendors but learning 
this tool did not take too much time for me. It has the built in ISIM 
simulator which is easy to use, although could have more features.
You will however read the tutorial if you are new to the system.


-----Original Message----- 
Sent: Friday, April 22, 2016 6:03 PM
Subject: Re: CPLDs/FPGAs toolchain

> 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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