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Polmaddie Family CPLD and FPGA Teaching Boards

Started by John Adair April 21, 2010
We finally made an assembly slot and built the 4 remaining Polmaddie
CPLD and FPGA boards. These very low cost CPLD and FPGA boards will
sell to universities and colleges in prices as low as $30-40. One off
pricing starts at $60-70.

The concept is a bit different to that offered by most development
board vendors and we have 5 solutions, from 4 different CPLD/FPGA
vendors, allowing you to evaluate differnt tool flows or even
different technologies with a common feature set.

More details http://www.enterpoint.co.uk/polmaddie/polmaddie_family.html.

Polmaddie1 is shipping already. Polmaddie 3 should start shipping next
week. Polmaddie2 should be shipping next. We are doing a low cost USB
programmer for this board and that is a 2-3 weeks away. Polmaddie4 and
Polmaddie5 will be a little longer as we need to do some work on low
cost programming solutions for them.

John Adair
Enterpoint Ltd.
On Apr 21, 10:59=A0am, John Adair <g...@enterpoint.co.uk> wrote:
> We finally made an assembly slot and built the 4 remaining Polmaddie > CPLD and FPGA boards. These very low cost CPLD and FPGA boards will > sell to universities and colleges in prices as low as $30-40. One off > pricing starts at $60-70. > > The concept is a bit different to that offered by most development > board vendors and we have 5 solutions, from 4 different CPLD/FPGA > vendors, allowing you to evaluate differnt tool flows or even > different technologies with a common feature set. > > More detailshttp://www.enterpoint.co.uk/polmaddie/polmaddie_family.html. > > Polmaddie1 is shipping already. Polmaddie 3 should start shipping next > week. Polmaddie2 should be shipping next. We are doing a low cost USB > programmer for this board and that is a 2-3 weeks away. Polmaddie4 and > Polmaddie5 will be a little longer as we need to do some work on low > cost programming solutions for them. > > John Adair > Enterpoint Ltd.
I didn't see which Spartan-3 is on the Polmaddie 3. Thanks, Pat
It is a XC3S50AN on the Polmaddie3 so it's quite a useful board even
beyond the target of the educational market. It's my personal
favourite of the 5 boards but they all have different things to show.

It is worth saying all of these boards can be powered from the USB
port and the jack on board is just for convenience.

John Adair
Enterpoint Ltd.

On 21 Apr, 19:44, Patrick Maupin <pmau...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Apr 21, 10:59=A0am, John Adair <g...@enterpoint.co.uk> wrote: > > > > > We finally made an assembly slot and built the 4 remaining Polmaddie > > CPLD and FPGA boards. These very low cost CPLD and FPGA boards will > > sell to universities and colleges in prices as low as $30-40. One off > > pricing starts at $60-70. > > > The concept is a bit different to that offered by most development > > board vendors and we have 5 solutions, from 4 different CPLD/FPGA > > vendors, allowing you to evaluate differnt tool flows or even > > different technologies with a common feature set. > > > More detailshttp://www.enterpoint.co.uk/polmaddie/polmaddie_family.html=
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> > > Polmaddie1 is shipping already. Polmaddie 3 should start shipping next > > week. Polmaddie2 should be shipping next. We are doing a low cost USB > > programmer for this board and that is a 2-3 weeks away. Polmaddie4 and > > Polmaddie5 will be a little longer as we need to do some work on low > > cost programming solutions for them. > > > John Adair > > Enterpoint Ltd. > > I didn't see which Spartan-3 is on the Polmaddie 3. > > Thanks, > Pat
On Apr 22, 3:59=A0am, John Adair <g...@enterpoint.co.uk> wrote:
> We finally made an assembly slot and built the 4 remaining Polmaddie > CPLD and FPGA boards. These very low cost CPLD and FPGA boards will > sell to universities and colleges in prices as low as $30-40. One off > pricing starts at $60-70. > > The concept is a bit different to that offered by most development > board vendors and we have 5 solutions, from 4 different CPLD/FPGA > vendors, allowing you to evaluate differnt tool flows or even > different technologies with a common feature set. > > More detailshttp://www.enterpoint.co.uk/polmaddie/polmaddie_family.html. >
"ActelTM ProASIC3TM (Polmaddie5)." and the link says Polmaddie5 : " Software ISETM WebpackTM software is a free development tool suite from XilinxTM for CPLD + FPGA design development. More details http://www.xilinx.com/products/design_resources/design_tool/index.htm." oops... ;) and missing is any mention of which ProASIC3 is fitted - rather an important detail ? -jg
On Apr 22, 3:59=A0am, John Adair <g...@enterpoint.co.uk> wrote:
> We finally made an assembly slot and built the 4 remaining Polmaddie > CPLD and FPGA boards. These very low cost CPLD and FPGA boards will > sell to universities and colleges in prices as low as $30-40. One off > pricing starts at $60-70. > > The concept is a bit different to that offered by most development > board vendors and we have 5 solutions, from 4 different CPLD/FPGA > vendors, allowing you to evaluate differnt tool flows or even > different technologies with a common feature set.
A very good idea. Since you do an EPM3128A and XC2C128, it's surprising to not see the Atmel ATF1508RE ? ATF1508RE has more logic than a XC2C128, and lower power than a EPM3128A. -jg
The Polmaddie4/5 webpages will be improved. Obviously the software
aspect will be different.

We didn't do an Atmel part because mainly because they are almost non-
existant in the educational marketplace. There are a number of other
vendors as well that we didn't do on that basis. Ultimately the first
5 boards are a market test and if there are other things that prove
popular requests then maybe we might do them.

There were also other design critera that knocked many parts out
including (1) TQ144 package to reuse tooling we did for Polmaddie1
(2)  A free software tools critera. I do  know the Actel Igloo and
SiliconBlue parts got thrown out on the basis of (1) much as they
would be nice parts to try. .

All of these factors were important in delivering what is a very low
cost set of boards.

John Adair
Enterpoint Ltd.

On 22 Apr, 09:33, -jg <jim.granvi...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Apr 22, 3:59=A0am, John Adair <g...@enterpoint.co.uk> wrote: > > > We finally made an assembly slot and built the 4 remaining Polmaddie > > CPLD and FPGA boards. These very low cost CPLD and FPGA boards will > > sell to universities and colleges in prices as low as $30-40. One off > > pricing starts at $60-70. > > > The concept is a bit different to that offered by most development > > board vendors and we have 5 solutions, from 4 different CPLD/FPGA > > vendors, allowing you to evaluate differnt tool flows or even > > different technologies with a common feature set. > > A very good idea. > > =A0Since you do an EPM3128A and XC2C128, it's surprising to not see the > Atmel ATF1508RE ? > =A0ATF1508RE has more logic than a XC2C128, and lower power than a > EPM3128A. > > -jg