A while ago I asked this question about using a ram chip for generating VGA signal from an fpga. After reading the replies I realized there were considerable practical difficulties with doing that, and that my knowledge as a hobbyist was insufficient to make this work.
I now have a papilio fpga board and although I've for now abandoned my previous project for now I would like to interface this to an external static ram as a learning exercise.
So I was thinking of getting a static memory chip something like this one and making a small breakout board pcb for it (probably using seeed studio or similar to get it made), bringing out the pins to a female header row. I can then connect to my papilio using simple wires.
Now, assuming my soldering is up to actually making such a board, is there any reason why such a board wouldn't work? I realise that having 30 or so wires connecting the two boards probably limits the speed I'd be able to use the memory at, but was wondering if it would work at all and if so what access speed I'd likely be able to get working?
The purpose of this is mostly because I want to try it even if there are better solutions I could just buy... and to give me the hardware I need to understand making memory access controller in verilog. I don't expect this to be fast enough to generate video signals from but wondered what kind of speed I might expect to work with such an arrangement?