[Coco] CC-Five (was Re: Pseudo CoCo4???) (LONG)
msmcdoug at iinet.net.au
Sat Jan 27 19:00:12 EST 2007
jdaggett at gate.net wrote:
> The Spartan 3 XC3S250 is on the low end of a rather low cost Xilinx
> device. Probably like ALterra,Xilinx has its high end large devices but
> they carry a rather large price tag far in excess of $1000.
Understood. But I think it's safe to say that the "CocoFive" isn't a project
that's going to be finished this month - or year!
There's no reason why we can't design "for the future" to some degree.
Capacities are always going to increase, and prices are always going to
decrease - that's the beauty of our chosen profession/hobby!
In the mean-time, there are other options. Commercial FPGA dev kits, for
example. That would allow cheap, 2-layer "personality" boards to be
produced. I can see a growing market in no-longer-required dev kits as older
devices are phased out. Perhaps someone in the industry at the right place
and time will have an opportunity to leverage off a bulk buy in devices to
get a good price?
I think the rarest commodity in all of this is going to be *time*. :(
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