FPGA dev boards

An FPGA Developer’s Guide to Cheap Development Boards

Finally, a detailed and all-encompassing guide for those of us with an addiction to buying new FPGA development boards.
Joel Williams’ list starts off by outlining the criteria that he looks for in an FPGA development board. He makes the great point to consider what peripherals you need for your project and which of those peripherals are the most difficult to recreate yourself.

This list is a really great resource for hobbyists, students, and industry engineers alike. The boards on this list are grouped together by FPGA chip manufacturer. The vast majority of the boards on this list are under a $150 price point with a few exceptions.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Bringing AI to the Edge: Xilinx’s New Kria SoM Lineup with Embedded App Store
    Xilinx announces the launch of their new SoM ecosystem for AI and ML modeling in edge applications with the Kria K26 and embedded app store!

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Sipeed has released an upgraded Tang Nano FPGA development board, dubbed the Tang Nano 4K, which packs a considerably expanded chip into a compact footprint.

    Sipeed’s New Tang Nano 4K Is a $12 FPGA Dev Board Offering HDMI Output, Camera Connectivity


    The new Tang Nano 4K is a major upgrade over the original Tang Nano, but has more than doubled the price.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Kryptor FPGA Moving Towards Production with Crowd Supply Launch
    Open source FPGA-based hardware security module offloads encryption tasks from microcontrollers.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Kryptor FPGA – Tiny MAX10 FPGA board works as a hardware security module (Crowdfunding)

    Kryptor FPGA, sometimes just called Kryptor, is a compact Intel/Altera MAX10 FPGA development board mostly designed for encryption, and acting as a dedicated Hardware Security Module (HSM) with a custom soft-core from Skudo OÜ. But obviously, you could also use the FPGA board for other purposes.


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