First step: prepare a nice welcoming desk

A nice desk makes it easier to find everyday motivation. The STM32 microcontroller, the Xilinx Spartan-6, and their respective debuggers are waiting to work together (see on the left)! (^_^)

Hardware information

  • the Xilinx Spartan-6 LX9 FPGA board.

Really nice little board with 32-MByte SDRAM and 8-Mbyte SPI flash. The seller designed the board himself and gives you the schematics of the board and many examples ([1] or [2]) for testing the FPGA in both VHDL and Verilog. He sells on both eBay ([3], 50USD) and 淘宝网 ([4], 198.00CNY). You can also notice that the prices are not the same for the same boards (~44€ > ~29€). I contacted the vendor on QQ and bought directly from him via PayPal for a cheaper price than eBay.

I suggest to always check Taobao before buying Chinese products on eBay...

  • the STM32F103 microcontroller board.

Very cheap STM32 development board with 512-KByte Flash and 64-KByte RAM. Available on 淘宝网 ([5], 80CNY). I contacted them directly with QQ and bought via PayPal. The company is: LC Studio in 深圳 (Shenzen).

References

[1]Microsoft OneDrive, http://1drv.ms/12vki9G
[2]百度云 (Baidu Cloud), http://pan.baidu.com/s/1jG3ksJk
[3]dong_dt eBay store, "XILINX FPGA CORE Board SPARTAN-6 XC6SLX9 with SDRAM/ Easy to use", http://www.ebay.com/itm/300914650309
[4]dong_dt 淘宝网 store, "FPGA开发板XILINX SPARTAN-6系列 XC6SLX9核心板 带SDRAM", http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=18607210429
[5]Official lc工作室 淘宝网 store, "ARM Cortex-M3 STM32F103VET6 STM32 开发板", http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=7930340989