Getting Started with CPLDs – Part 1

cpldjHere at the Hackshed, we’ve recently purchased a CPLD board based around the Altera Max II EPM240 chip. The board we ordered is a cheap LC Tech product from Ali Express. On reflection, perhaps we should have ordered a better board from a well known company as our board came with no documentation of any sort.

In this article, I’m going to explain the steps involved with getting the Altera Quartus II development software installed onto a Windows PC. Xilinx chips use a different development studio which we won’t be discussing in this article.

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My journey into logic

I haven’t looked at logic gates since I went to college 15 years ago. I recently decided that it’s time to revisit the theory and get a better understanding of electronics using logic circuits.

After viewing a few youtube videos and reading some old college textbooks, I’m in a much better position to start some physical experiments. I have looked in my parts collection and while there are plenty of TTL chips, none of them are the simple AND, OR and XOR type.

Onto the internet I went, looking for bargain chips to get playing with……. unfortunately, I just don’t have the spare cash right now to go throwing at random chips.

Enter this ………..

max2board

 

This is a cheap CPLD board based around the Altera Max II chip.

I know I could have spent a bit more and gone for a larger chip or even an FPGA but I’ve decided that this ¬†will suffice for now.

My aim is to design the logic circuits using the schematic view of the Quartus 2 software. I know everyone these days uses VHDL or Verilog but I’m not all that bright so trying to learn a new language is just going to send me over the top.

I’ve now got to wait another 20 or so days for it to arrive from China but I can’t wait to get started with my adventures into logic circuits.

Bring it on!!!

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