10 Best FPGA Boards For Engineers And Hobbyists

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FPGA boards are also known as Field programmable gate Array and are powerful enough to carry out dedicated operations such as image processing in a given system. Students and hobbyists find it easy to learn through development boards, hence we decided to write about the best FPGA boards that you can get. So check out this list of 10 best FPGA boards and let us know your favourite FPGA board in the comments section.

10. Altera Cyclone Board EP4CE10 EP4CE10F17C8N(67$)


This development kit is equipped with OpenEP4CE10-C, which enables you to start your design with the Nios II processor easily and quickly.Schematics, manual, and code is given with the package.
You can get one here

9. SainSmart EP4CE6 EP4CE6E22C8N FPGA boards (85$)


This kit has an LCD attached in the development board. The board is from Cyclone IV family; it also has RAM bits of  276480.
You can get one here

8. Programmable Logic IC Development Tools FPGA(2530$)


One of the most expensive kits on our list.This kit is capable of being used in high-grade industrial projects and is powered by an Altera IC.
You can get one here

7. 6K Complete KIT STVD STVP BY by STMicroelectronics(20-500$)


The manufacturer provides many options.Because of their same quality and functionality we have decided to rank all of the models on the same level.
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6. FPGA development board EP4CE40 FPGA Boards (140$)


This board is suitable if you want conduct image processing operations. The board contains 3 SDRAM & two MT48LC8M32B2  (512MBits).
You can get one here

5. SeeedStudio – Logic Start Shield – VHDL FPGA Development On The Papilio(33$)


This is a very basic starter kit. The manufacturer usually has items aimed at students and mild hobbyist. The board contains 6 Analog Channels connected to ATmega32U4 on Papilio DUO, 8 LED’s- User Feedback & 8 Slide Switches.
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This board is based on  Cyclone IV technology made by Altera.The board is equipped with 32MB RAM and an accelerometer, coupled that with software support the kit can be rated highly.
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3. Parallella-16 Desktop Computer(150$)

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A parallella board was also featured on our list of top 10 microcontrollers/computers for students. The Parallella is a single board computer with a dual-core ARM, FPGA, and Adapteva’s 16-core Epiphany co-processor.The Parallella-16 Desktop Computer is a completely programmable computer enabled for parallel processing, includes a Xilinx Zynq 7Z010 CPU, 1GB DDR3 SDRAM, Ethernet, USB, HDMI, Serial peripheral interfaces and 24 GPIO ports.
You can get one here

2. Numato Lab Elbert V2 – Spartan 3A FPGA Development Board(35$)

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The board features Xilinx Spartan 3A FPGA. An excellent choice for beginners and advanced learners for experimenting and learning system design with FPGAs. This development board features Xilinx XC3S50A 144 pin FPGA with maximum 108 user IOs.
You can get one here

1. RioRand® EP2C5T144 Altera Cyclone II FPGA Mini Development Board(25$)

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This board is one of the popular choices for an FPGA kit both for its price and its size. The board has Onboard EP2C5T144 chip, the EPROM chip adopt EPCS4 with 4Mbit, on-board 50M ACTIVE CRYSTAL. This kit comes with an easy to read manual and a decent online community for help.
You can get one here


  1. Mike Reply

    The problem with many of these boards is the lack of high speed connectors and differential pair routing, making them useless for any high speed work, which really is the strength of fpga.

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