The Random Thinker blog has a nice post that articulates what is so exciting about FPGA’s for the hobbyist.
- Arduino inspired boards like the Papilio make it easy and affordable for hobbyists to get started with FPGA’s.
- An Arduino compatible processor can be extended with custom “Hardware” bits to do whizzy things.
- VGA signals can be generated on the fly and output through “Wing” expansion boards.
- The TQFP packages are easy to work with for hobbyists with SMD soldering skills.
What else makes the new breed of Open Source FPGA boards well suited for hobbyists looking to get started with this exciting technology?