Just programmed my A1 to blink a couple of LEDs per http://tinyfpga.com/a-series-guide.html
(I ran out of breadboard for the 3rd LED.)
Now to learn either Verilog or VHDL. Is there a preferred language for TinyFPGA users? Has anyone got a VHDL version of the LED-blinker?
Here’s a little bit about my experiences of programmable logic:
In the early '90s I used Lattice’s ispLSI1016s. (I’ve still got about 10 of them but I’m not sure I’ve got all the programming software, and I lost all my code when a laptop was stolen. Oops!) I was programming them in a mixture of schematic capture and Abel. The programmer plugs into a parallel port on my Windows 95 machine
In the early '00s I got an Actel Icicle dev board (I had to sign a form promising I wouldn’t use it in a weapon of mass destruction!) and a book on VHDL. I never figured out how to use either!
I might still use my ispLSIs because I occasionally make ‘retro’ computers: the latest was based on a Z280 and the one before on a MC68010. They’re both 5V so I doubt I’ll use my TinyFPGA with them. 5V CPLDs/FPGAs seem to be getting scarce.
My next TinyFPGA project goal is a VGA pattern generator. (I’ve got a 25.175MHz oscillator on the breadboard. Why VGA doesn’t use 25.200MHz I’ve never fathomed.)
A note for UK buyers of TinyFPGAs: I bought mine from the US site because a) I wasn’t in a hurry, and b) it seemed a LOT cheaper than buying it from Elektor on the Continent. And then UK Customs charged me £3.64 VAT and £8.00 handling. [sigh] (And that’s probably STILL cheaper than Elektor… but only just.)