I need to interconnect two or four FPGAs on a PCB, and I am looking at the prospect of designing these boards myself. If any one has done this, I would be grateful if you could provide some pointers, especially links to websites that have this information. I would probably be using the Xilinx Virtex II
I don=92t know how to start this =96 but I have a few questions. Is it possible for me to simulate the setup between FPGAs connected on a PCB board. Or is it possible for me to bread board the FPGA =96 I have not heard of this though. I have looked at the manual of the Virtex II, and there are a large numbers of pins =96 I have yet to figure out which pins I need to power at the minimum to get this to work. So I don=92t want to start laying out a PCB Board immediately.
I would be requiring significant on board communication =96 but I don=92t think I need the Rocket IOs that are available with Virtex4 =96 the simple LVDS would do for me I guess. Is there a way for me to test this aspect before actually putting it on the PCB??
I have so far used FPGAs on the protyping board that comes with the Spartan Kit from Xilinx. I have also used an Emulation machine with a couple of FPGAs. In all of this I have never been concerned about the external connections between FPGAs, so I am new to all of this.
Any help is welcome.
Thanks a lot. O.O.