[Lancelot] Stratix III

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Wed Nov 8 18:56:40 PST 2006

Tommy Thorn wrote:
> H. Peter Anvin wrote:
>> Tommy Thorn wrote:
>>> I have recently turned my attention to this board:
>>> http://www.digilentinc.com/Products/Detail.cfm?Prod=S3E1600&Nav1=Products&Nav2=Programmable
>>> which is the Spartan 3E Starter kit in the 3S1600E guise (29,504 LE).
>>> The interesting part is the price ($300) which makes it a much more
>>> attractive option for designs that are intended for more than just
>>> myself. The major flaw is only 8 colors on the video interface and the
>>> single PS/2 port. You will probably complain about the lack of a
>>> CompactFlash interface, but it should not be very hard to make an
>>> SD-card adapter as a peripheral component.
>> Yeah, it still means gunking with hardware which makes the design a
>> lot less portable.  That's been the problem with Lancelot since
>> Microtronix took it over and made it prohibitively expensive.
> Unlike the Lancelot, the SD-card adapter would be trivially cheap. I
> might even convince Digilent to produce and sell it (they already have a
> line of peripherals that plugs right into the board). If so, it would
> not really be unportable as anyone who can buy the board can buy the
> adapter also.

That would definitely be a nice touch.

> Then again, I don't actually need the SD-card all that badly myself. The
> ethernet connection is far more important.

Agreed.  For me it matters that the thing is able to operate independently.


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