I'm sure this is one of those questions that is going to have more opinion that definitive answer, but I'm going to ask it anyway. I've not done anything with FPGAs. I know what they are and what they can do. I know that they're a bit of a shift in mindset for someone who's used to coding for a microcontroller. I'm at the same stage that I'm sure many people are. I want to find out if FPGAs are the sort of thing that I want to get into or not. To dip my toe in the water so to speak.
The trouble is there are a lot of manufacturers who seem to have their own tool chains and programming approaches. It's tricky picking one to start with. There are road tests of a few on here but to be honest they all sound hard and are difficult to compare. Has anyone got advice on where to start? I suppose my priorities are:
- Once I pick a manufacturer I want to stick with it. Jumping from one to another will just make it harder.
- It would be hopefully easy to get the basics. I don't need raw power right now. Being able to create a microcontroller core is great, but will only confuse me at this stage.
- The option of a SoC alongside a microcontroller would be a nice option for later, but once again I don't need it right now.
- Reasonably cheap. It doesn't have to be the cheapest, but this may be a dead end experience so I'd prefer 10s rather than 100s of £/$.
Right now I was thinking of waiting see how the pans out for those selected, and to learn from their experience. However, any opinions are welcome