[Lancelot] Stratix III

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Thu Nov 9 17:04:53 PST 2006

Tommy Thorn wrote:
> H. Peter Anvin wrote:
>> Tommy Thorn wrote:
>>> I asked them, but haven't heard a reply yet. If they aren't doing it,
>>> I could probably manage a small scale production myself.
>> Yeah, I've looked at small scale production for a few things in the
>> past; it gets fairly expensive if you can't get the run size up,
>> though, so it becomes a matter of getting the word out so you get the
>> run size up.
> By small I mean 20ish. I can definitely solder that quantity myself, but
> I'd prefer getting help with the board layout, having not done it for
> 20+ years. The PCB would be small, so I can get at least four on a 4" x
> 5.5". Just checking the first google hit, It seems 16 boards should run
> less $6 a piece. With labor and parts $20 seems doable.

I've been using Eagle (http://www.cadsoftusa.com/) to design small 
boards.  They have a nonprofit freeware license (two layers 100x80 
maximum, not for commercial use.)

>> Agreed.  Looks like we won't see Stratix III design kits until 2H07,
>> though.
> Unless some starts producing design kits that are better & better value
> than Xilinx' (cf. ML501, ML401, and the Spartan 3E1600 kit), then Altera
> remains irrelevant for me.

I like the Terasic cards myself.  They're more appropriate for my needs 
than the ones you've been using, but I don't think they'd work for you.


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