[rescue] Total corporate madness (

Joshua D. Boyd jdboyd at celestrion.celestrion.net
Wed Aug 6 16:57:40 CDT 2003

On Wed, Aug 06, 2003 at 05:30:37PM -0400, Dave McGuire wrote:

> >Which FPGA?  I know we are paying no where near that for Spartan IIs in
> >small quantities.
>   Dude, there are *USED* FPGAs on eBay in excess of a thousand bucks.  
> Spartan IIs are tiny.  We're talking things like big Virtex chips.
>   Do an eBay search for "xilinx" or look at seller "danfuboco" on any 
> given day and you'll see what I mean.

The marketing info I saw here indicated that the Spartan3 is roughly
equivelent to the Virtex2, for only a few bucks more than the Spartan2.
But, this certainly isn't my area of expertise.

In the context that I was originally speaking, a smallish FPGA
(Spartan2, Spartan3, Cyclone, etc) is certainly cheaper than a
reasonable CPU (say, Hitachi H8, which for us cost about as much as the
8051s do, for some strange reason) and lots of extra chips from what
I've seen. 

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