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Hi,An FPGA (Field Programmable Logic Array) is more or less a GAL/PAL/PEEL on steroids. You can build a µcontroller in an FPGA (if you're sharp), but if you're confused about them, I think you'd be better off using a ready made controller.What are your reasons for wanting an FPGA over a µcontroller?
I heavily suggest you read both of those links, I think there may be more to FPGA's than what was originally thought by the Robot communities. Also, I'm an Electrical Engineer major, so I'm looking for the real deal...not just a quick and dirty Arduino project with some stolen roborealm code.
Quote from: ahack3r on September 21, 2010, 09:41:59 PMI heavily suggest you read both of those links, I think there may be more to FPGA's than what was originally thought by the Robot communities. Also, I'm an Electrical Engineer major, so I'm looking for the real deal...not just a quick and dirty Arduino project with some stolen roborealm code.No one here put down FPGAs as a possible solution, we are just trying to make the point that if the goal of your project is to make a robot, there are easier ways. If you want your project to be about using FPGA to make a robot, have at it. But you are going to be spend more time on the FPGA part and less on the robot. I'm a degree'd Electrical Engineering (under)graduate, Soeren & waltr are seasoned EE experts. I took grad level classes in VHDL and computer architecture and designed a single cycle core architecture in FPGAs as a term project; it's no picnic.
Since you are in school for EE this could be a good opportunity to use a PLD (any type of programmable logic array).They are getting more and more powerful and are slowly replacing processors in many types of embedded systems. They are not going away.