miniSpartan3 is a $25 Xilinx Spartan 3A FPGA Board with HDMI Output

Last year, Scarab Hardware launched miniSpartan 6+, a low cost FPGA board featuring Xilinx Spartan6 LX9, on Kickstarter. Since the, they’ve made a third iteration of the board with either Spartan6 LX9 or LX25 and an extra HDMI port, and developed miniSpartan3, a smaller and cheaper FPGA board called miniSpartan3 powered by Xilinx Spartan 3A XC3A50 or XC3A200 FPGA.

miniSpartan3miniSpartan3 specifications:

  • FPGA – Xilinx Spartan 3A XC3A50 (50K logic gates) or XC3A200 (200K logic gates)
  • Storage – 4Mbit SPI Flash
  • Video / Audio Output – HDMI
  • USB – Micro USB OTG port
  • Debugging – On-board USB JTAG programmer; on-board USB to Serial Interface
  • I/Os via breadboard friendly through holes
    • 4-channel ADC running at 200 KSPS with 8 bit resolution.
    • 41 Digital I/O pins.
  • Misc – 3 LEDs for debugging; 2 DIP switches.
  • Dimensions –  6.35 x 4.06 cm

They have not provided much details about development tools, but it’s quite likely these will be the same as for miniSpartan6+, namely Xilinx ISE Tool, or the company’s own Scarab IDE for Linux or Windows. There’s also a github account with the tools, and they’ll probably upload miniSpartan3 hardware files once the board ships.

miniSpartan3 can be pre-ordered for $25 to $35 respectively for the XC3A50 and XC3A200 version, with delivery scheduled for May 15 and beyond. You may find a few more details on miniSpartan3 product page.

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