I'm looking for recommendations regarding development kits for Altera CPLD prototyping but I'm afraid I'm not sure what to look for. The budget isn't too much - around $200. While I'm leaning towards Altera, suggestions regarding Xilinx are also appreciated.
Though it does seem that Altera has better software than Xilinx. I'm thinking of programming the device in VHDL - would this be a good choice? Or is Verilog considered better?
I think having an LCD on the kit is a must but 7-segment displays would be very fun to play around with as well. Though I'm not sure how easy would it be to get a "stand-alone" CPLD working. Summary:
- What should I look for when buying a development board? Should I stick with Altera's offerings or look beyond?
- Is there a specific board that's considered the best in its class?
- Assuming I get comfortable with CPLDs how difficult would it be to get a basic CPLD working on one's own PCB? What would I need to ensure that the device can be programmed while still in the system (In system programming?)