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Old 06 November 2016, 15:21   #39
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Originally Posted by robinsonb5 View Post
Interesting - I'm not sure I understand why?
(The SOC project I put together when I was tinkering with this stuff last year works just fine on a Xilinx-based board - the EMS11-* targets for this project are Spartan-6 based if memory serves correctly. )
Well i assume is more like: someone selected Altera and later followers avoiding Xilinx naturally - they can start FPGA exploration based on some working core - it is quite natural - seem Altera is more popular - i would estimate than in hobby market Altera is more than 60% (and we have few % for Lattice).

Originally Posted by robinsonb5 View Post
True - I hadn't considered which tools are used in education, and that will indeed be a huge factor - whichever tools you learn first will generally be the ones you find most comfortable.
In past Quartus II seem to be better than ISE - today... don't know - i have very low practical experience to compare both but some people doing such comparison:

Tools are quite important especially for us - hobbyists - as it will create real border for what we can do with FPGA (free tools are limited and also they support small and medium size FPGA - large FPGA are supported only by payed version of design tools and this is very expensive thing).
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