AreaCPLD is an affordable open source (CC-BY-4.0) CPLD development board based on the well known Altera maxV CPLDDesigned by Area0x33 in Spain
Description AreaCPLD is an affordable cpld development board based on the well known Altera maxV CPLD. It’s an open source hardware project developed in kicad under the Creative Commons Attribution 4…Read More…
AreaCPLD is an affordable cpld development board based on the well known Altera maxV CPLD. It’s an open source hardware project developed in kicad under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International cc-by-4.0.
The purpose of this board is to help people who want to be introduced into digital logic design making it as easy and affordable as possible to get hands on the funny part of the process. It’s great for learning any Hardware Description Language like VHDL or Verilog.
Anyone wanting to get into the FPGA world will enjoy AreaCPLD too, as FPGAs can be considered basically as more complex, powerfull and expensive evolved CPLDs.
Link to the schematic: [http://www.area0x33.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/max-V-board.pdf]
1x AreaCPLD pcb with all components hand soldered and tested, with the ATiny microcontroller and the MaxV CPLD preprogrammed.
To work with Altera CPLDs and FPGAs they provide a great software development environment with all needed tools called Quartus II Web Edition, it’s available both for Windows and Linux. You can dowload it free as free beer, they only ask you to register before download. Before downloading Quartus, be sure it has MaxV support files.
Quartus II Web Edition download link: [http://dl.altera.com/?edition=web]
In order to turn on the board a 5V DC power source and a standard micro USB cable is needed. To program the CPLD an Altera “USB Blaster” is needed. You can buy one for less than 5$ shipping included from ebay, aliexpress or similar places.
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Roger | April 21, 2016
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