Taking that FPGA intro that was under the learning essentials has really got me curious now. During my introduction to this 8-bit re-innovation and revolution make new ways to work with 8-bit machines, so far with the Commodore SX-64 I have here, I have two replacement chips that are of a modern vintage inside.
One was a replacement for the PLA, which was known to get hot and burn out, ever so common. Now I find a simply Xilinx chip has been programmed and handling the device timing.
The Second, just recently, was the SID (Sound Interface Device) or MOS6581, which heats up very nicely too, and was scorching when I pulled just this evening because my diagnostic cartridge said it was bad and plus the nails in the coffin for it was simply no audio out. Again, a PLD type device was made up for the MOS6581 called a SwinSID I believe which gets close to the audio out of the original though there is no paddle control if this route is implemented. I didn't care to much seeing I never had paddle games anyways.
Third, this has been rather inspiring for my studies at Cleveland Institute of Electronics seeing I am on digital electronics course presently, and all this supplemental information I have gotten here has been beneficial from element14, though now stepping head 36 years later, what sort of FPGA dev board would be fun to experiment with? The SoC got my attention a bit seeing it looks like embedded applications would be easier an Arduino might not always be needed. SO simply, what do you think would be good to play with for an electronics student?